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Nobody's Angel

(Willow Park #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Zebra
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
3/31/15: Now Available!

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

Sometimes I like to go into a book completely blind as I did with this book. I really had absolutely no idea what to think about this book before I started reading it. I haven't read anything by this author before reading this book and I am not even sure that I read the blurb before I signed up for the blog tour. I think my entire decision to read this book came from the fact that it is start of a new series and
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 - 2 "You underestimate the size of the footprint you leave." Stars.

Nobody's Angel is probably one of the most depressing books I have read for a while, and unnecessarily so if I am being totally honest. I was ready to call time on this book at around the 40% mark, but I stuck with it as I was really hoping that out of all the dull, nasty, abhorrent and un-savoury characters in the book, there would be at least one positive to add to the flickering candle that was Lucy Flint, and the only rea
Rhenna Morgan
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow! If you're contemplating reading this one, I highly recommend you grab it NOW!

This is such a lovely book. Rich with emotion and deep, well-written characters. It was so easy to be right there with them all the way through. And I'm not talking just about the hero and heroine either. This book makes you feel ALL of them. Lucy's mom, her sponsor, the hateful bitches from when Lucy was young, Richard's brother and mother...just an exceptional, passionate read all the way around.

Seriously, if
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What a lovely book! I enjoyed the writing, the story, and the characters. The story is emotional and both characters, Lucy and Richard, have to deal with and overcome some serious issues like betrayal, addiction, emotional abuse but there is also lightness and humor to the story, which balanced out all the angst. I was rooting for Lucy and Richard all thru the pages.This is a great first book in the new series.

*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Brenda Margriet
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Lucy and Richard's story. Set during a cold and snowy Chicago winter, it was lovely to read on a hot and sunny beach!

SH's writing is passionate and yet clean and crisply modern. The characters are complex and interesting, especially Lucy, a recovering alcoholic. She is strong and dignified, yet you feel her anxiety as she tries to make amends for actions that cannot truly be "fixed." Her relationship with her sponsor, Mads, is great, and you sympathize with her as she tries to u
Katie O'Connor
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-read-again
I received an advance reader copy of Nobody’s Angel in exchange for an honest review.

I was expecting a good book as I adore Hegger’s writing style. What I wasn’t expecting was to have my heart broken and rebuilt. Nobody’s Angel is beyond doubt the most exceptional book I have read in years.

Hegger reached inside me, ripped out my heart and shredded it. She touched all those secret vulnerable spots that we hide and made me feel things I haven’t felt for a long time. I ached for Lucy’s pain. I was
Romance Readers Retreat
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4½ stars

There's just something about a simple love story. With this book there are no gimmicks, except the question, can a leopard really change it's spots? 

Lucy Flint has returned to Willow Park after 9 years. To say the people of the town hold a grudge, is an understatement. She even has the resentment of her parents to contend with. Lucy has many regrets from 9 years ago, but the one thing I think that is eating away at her the most is the hurt she caused Richard when she up and left. Despite
Lynn Lim
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a really well written book. The characters are really well written. The story hits a little too close to home, I grew up with two alcoholic parents that never admitted to a problem. It was hard for me to finish this book for this reason, I did but it was hard. I understand Lynne's problem in forgiving Lucy for her sickness.. I love that Richard was able to look beyond her sickness and love Lucy anyway, Again it was a great book just hard for me to read.

Ms. Hegger, you are a really good w
Xio Axelrod
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away by the authenticity and emotional depth of this story. I'll post a more in-depth review after another read-through, but you will want to read this. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: This ARC was provided by Kensington Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy Flint has made her way back home to Willow Park, Illinois after having run away from her family, friends, and the only man she's ever loved nine years ago. She tells whoever asks that she's back to help her mother take care of her sick father, but the truth is, Lucy's return is her opportunity to face the people she hurt and abandoned and to apologize. It's part of her twelve steps to recover
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review
Beginning a book with no preconceived idea of what you are going to find inside is exciting. Nobody's Angel is a shining example of expecting the unexpected. This moving story highlights how one woman's mistakes has impacted on the lives of many people within the community of Willow Park.

Lucy Flint is back in her home town after an absence of nine long years. She left a trail of debris behind and is now back to pick-up the pieces and to make amends with the people she hurt. My first impressions
Carrie Elks
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nobody’s Angel is the first in the Willow Park Romance series by Sarah Hegger, and I was fortunate enough to be given an ARC copy to read and review. The book tells the story of Lucy Flint, a woman who returns to her parents’ home in a suburb of Chicago years after she left under a cloud. From the beginning we realise that Lucy’s return is going to ruffle feathers; from the way she’s being counselled into making steps by her sponsor, Mads, to her almost knocking over of her ex in the middle of a ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This little gem of a book has made my list of top favorites. A friend really loved the book and I took her recommendation to heart and eagerly devoured this book. I can tell I'm enjoying a book when i don't even bother looking at the percentage left and this book had me hooked from page one.

It tells the story of former wild child Lucy who has come home to help her mother with her ailing father. Lucy left town in a blaze of glory, so to speak and she knows that her return will be unwelcome. A re
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a story I'd recommend your read in your favourite cosy spot. Cuddle up with a drink, blanket and a box of tissues and immerse yourself in Nobody's Angel.

Lucy is a recovering alcoholic, who has returned home after 9 years away to face the people she has wronged in the past and to asked for forgiveness. Older, wiser and no longer under the influence of booze and drugs, Lucy has moved on with her life and is no longer t
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this book from the start and stayed hooked until the very last page. This was the first book I have ever read by Sarah Hegger and I can't wait to get my hands on more. She writes so vividly it is almost like you are actually in the place she is writing about on this case Chicago, IL. The only thing I do feel I need to point out is that is that there is some swearing in this book and not just mild swearing so if that is turn off for you this may not be a book that you would enjoy. ...more
Sara Canny
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was originally reviewed on Sara's Books and Things

If you want a book with characters that will touch your heart this is it. All of the characters have their own issues. From our hero and heroine to characters you only meet a couple of times they're all exceedingly well developed and wrench at your heart. Personally I loved how the parents of the protagonists are portrayed. Lucy's parents consist of a dominating dad, and a people pleasing mother. Where Richard's mother, on the other h
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I received this book for free to read and review for Wicked Reads"

This is a really satisfying read. Although there are many second chance romances, this one is full of original ideas which are both meaningful and humorous. The opening scene as Lucy returns to her family home is a great start to the story. I loved Richard's mother, and there are a number of characters who are essential to the story.

I'm delighted to see that Josh is going to get his story next, and assume that maybe the absent T
Bette Hansen
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Very different from anything I've read lately and it grabbed me from the very beginning. This is a new to me author and it appears this is her first venture into contemporary work. Well, from my point of view, job well done. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

This is a story of a young woman who hasn't lived her life the best way she could have. She has a lot to atone for and she is back in Willow Park to not only help her mother care for her father, but to ap
S.C. Mitchell
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A sometimes dark, gritty story, this is not a fluffy romance, and may not be for everybody. Lucy is nobody’s angel. She made more than her share of mistakes growing up. A recovering alcoholic, she’s on a mission to repair the damage she caused, or at the very least put it behind her. There are deep scars, including the man she loved and hurt the most.

This story slapped me across the face, grabbed me by the collar, and dragged me into the next chapter. Wonderfully written, with deep, very real c
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very emotional second chance romance. Richard is thrown for a loop when Lucy comes back to town. As much as he still wants to be angry at her, she is no longer the same girl that broke his heart nine years ago. But she is still the one that holds his heart, no matter how much he tries to deny it - and he still holds hers. They have some setbacks and they work their way through their past as well as new obstacles, but Richard's mom and brother Josh are a great support system for them both. I'm re ...more
J.J. Devine
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Hegger has outdone herself with this one. I love her writing flair. Nobody's Angel took me on an emotional ride. Her cast of characters were richly well written. I could totally relate to Lucy and even her home life with her parents. Coming from a childhood with alcoholism as a prominent aspect of life this book really touched my core. I would highly recommend this read. ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-favourites
WOW! This is so much more than a romance!
The way Sarah is unfolding family dynamics is so honest and straight forward; frightening at times especially if you recognise some of them.
It's a fantastic book about love - parents as well as lovers - understanding of relationships and family, forgiveness. I loved it and could not put it down.
Dani Jace
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah writes realistically flawed characters with flair. Anyone with a less than stellar childhood can relate to Lucy Flint’s going home story. How she comes to terms with relationships she can’t fix determines Lucy’s destiny and makes an interesting story.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rrr-blog
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This had a lot of depth to it and the story was terrific, I really got pulled into and enjoyed it.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for me and only shy of 5 because I wanted MORE Richard! Nobody's Angel is an emotional read from beginning to end. I found myself angry, sad, hurt and highly emotional throughout the story.

Lucy Flint returns to her hometown 9 years after she ran away from it and everyone that lives there. Like many suburban towns not much has changed since Lucy left, except perhaps Lucy herself. We learn quickly that Lucy may not be able to escape the ghosts of her past and move forward in the way she
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review.

4 stars

This is a story of past mistakes, forgiveness, and second chances. This has to be one of the rawest books I have read. There is a lot of honesty in this book, that you almost forget this is a work of fiction. Lucy is a very strong character. She has made so many mistakes that she wants to be forgiven for, but it has taken nine years for her to come back to her home town. Richard lost his love nine years ago, married a replacement, and now his
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I'll recover after reading this story.

Wow! Ms. Hegger did a tremendous job bringing Lucy full circle from a broken young woman with self-destructive tendencies who didn't care who she hurt to a grown woman wanting to make amends with those she hurt so she can finally lay her past to rest.

This is the first time I've read a story where the heroine is a recovering alcoholic and it was such a refreshing angle. I didn't like the younger Lucy. Getting to know her through memories and narr
Kim Handysides
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It’s my fav of the year, so far. I strongly identified with Lucy Flint. A whirlwind ball of energy who wreaked havoc in her past, and is now trying to make things right. In Nobody’s Angel, Lucy faces her past head on, gets slapped down in the process and learns so freaking much about herself and life along the way. Including more than she bargained for when she tries to makes amends to her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend for ruining their lives. Richard Hunter still has the po ...more
Collette Cameron
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don’t usually read contemporary romance, but I’d read Sarah Hegger’s other books, and love her writing style. Nobody’s Angel grabbed me from the start, and I was hard-pressed to put it down and get anything else done.

A recovering alcoholic, Lucy Flint, heads home for the first time in years, determined to set things right as part of her recovery process. Her journey into the past isn’t easy, especially since the only man she ever loved, and wounded beyond forgiveness now lives next door to he
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Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idio ...more

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