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Willow Park #1

Nobody's Angel

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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 it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made...

352 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published March 31, 2015

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Sarah Hegger

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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 idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.

Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.

She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

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Profile Image for Carole (Carole's Random Life).
1,721 reviews462 followers
March 31, 2015
3/31/15: Now Available!

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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 I liked the cover. I hate to admit that I often make a decision to read a book based on the cover despite the fact that I can still hear my mother telling me to "never judge a book by its cover" many times during my childhood.

I knew that this was a romance and I really expected it to be of the light and fluffy variety that I seem to be reading a lot lately. Imagine my surprise when this book turned out to be anything but light and fluffy. I didn't realize this book would focus on such difficult issues and I found myself really sucked into the story quite quickly. I really had a hard time even putting this book down for even a minute. There was just something about Lucy that really got to me.

Lucy is a recovering alcoholic and she has returned home to Willow Park to help her mother and face her past. Lucy was a wild teenager and has quite the reputation in her hometown which is why she hasn't been back since the day she left so many years ago. Lucy has changed and wants to help her mother deal with her father. She also wants to make amends for all the harm she has caused in this town as part of her recovery.

Richard is the boy that Lucy loved during her teen years. She broke his heart when she left town with someone else nine years ago. Richard is now a doctor and he actually treats Lucy's parents among others. He bought the house next door to her parents and even shovels their driveway. Richard is simply a nice guy.

I really connected with Lucy in this book. I made a few decisions as a teen that I am not proud of and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to still be facing judgement for them today. Lucy didn't try to make excuses and was willing to take responsibility for her actions. The more I learned about Lucy the more I liked her. I really liked Richard in this book as well. He was obviously crushed when Lucy left and he still carries a lot of anger and feeling for her.

There were a couple of things that I did have some issues with in this book. I really wish that Richard's divorce had been final before the story started. At the beginning of the story he was still trying to make his marriage work. Even though his wife had left and didn't want to reconcile, I still don't care the idea that he was still married. The other issue that I had was Lucy's parents. They were both just really horrible people. I can completely understand how Lucy would have looked for attention outside of the home during her teen years. I think that these two characters were a bit overdone in this story and they became hard to read about. There were just too many scenes that focused on her horrible parents for my taste.

I really found this to be a wonderful book. I was able to put my two issues aside and really enjoy the story for what it was. Nothing in this book was expected and I loved that. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a contemporary romance that deals with some tougher issues. This is the first book by Sarah Hegger that I have read and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as soon as possible.

I received a copy of this book from Kensington Publishing Group - Zebra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Profile Image for Claire.
2,308 reviews702 followers
March 28, 2015
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 reason I really liked her was because she had pretty much crapped on everyone else in the book before she had left town 9 years previously, and they all by the behavior displayed in this book pretty much deserved it. The last 5% offers a little hope, but not enough for me to rate it any higher than I have.

She was alive and she was living each day as it came.

For me this book had two stories running through it, one of positivity, of a woman returning home, trying to repair the damage from her past and right the wrongs with the people she left behind, this is the story I wanted to read, was expecting to read. It was overshadowed by the family drama, most of which I finished the book feeling was unresolved and unexplained, Lucy returns home at her mothers request, as her father is ill.

Quite frankly, her parents, were assholes of the highest order, its not often I feel that strongly or vehemently about my elders (yes even in books, I want to be able to respect them) but Carl was a nasty, vitriolic, poisonous man, his illness, whatever it was, was never really clarified, so I felt absolutely no sympathy for him. Lynne, her mother, was a spineless, weak, pitiful creature, and basically happy to blame Lucy for her problems, but when offered plausible solutions, preferred to stick her head in the sand and blame Lucy for stirring up trouble, after she was the one who asked her to return home.

These are my main issues, I could go on, I am not going too, this book has in the main garnered positive reviews. I wish I could be giving one, but I really feel this book lost the point of what is should have been offering. The writing is sound, the characters for the most part un-likeable, the story line had plenty going on in it, but each new element that the author added to it just muddied the flow of the important tropes further and didn't really offer the deeper development I wanted in the areas that I thought really mattered.

It was pretty much one nasty occurrence, followed by a horrible encounter after another and Lucy's flame was pretty much extinguished and stamped out by the end of the book, the rebuilding of her relationship with Richard should have been front and center, and it got lost in all the other stuff going on. A shame as the premise really intrigued me, restitution for past wrongs was what I was looking for, not a witch hunt and unrelenting verbal beat down's, which is what I got.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, I am sorry I cannot offer a more positive review on this occasion.
Profile Image for Rhenna Morgan.
Author 26 books1,059 followers
January 18, 2015
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 you want a rock solid book all the way around--quality story, great writing, and emotional depth--you'll want to pick this one up.
Profile Image for Milena.
734 reviews79 followers
June 8, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Brenda Margriet.
Author 24 books94 followers
January 31, 2015
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 understand her mother's commitment to a husband who is one step away from abusive.

Richard, Lucy's love interest, is also a good character. I did, however, have a bit of trouble with the fact that through most of the book he is still technically married. I would have liked to have found out much sooner than I did that he had been separated from his ex-wife for more than a year, because through much of the early book he talks/thinks as if she is going to come back to him. This made his attraction to Lucy seem a bit unscrupulous to me.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I will definitely want to pick up the next in the series!

I received an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Katie O'Connor.
Author 33 books96 followers
February 17, 2015
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 crushed by her sorrow and soared with her joy.

In this heart breaking, heart-warming story, Sarah Hegger touches on revisiting your past mistakes, re-finding old love and making amends. Secret shame, hidden feelings and deep desires fill Lucy’s story.

I laughed. I cried. I moaned. I rejoiced.

I won’t spoil the story for you, but I can honestly say that you DO NOT want to miss this one.

Oh, the feels!

This is a book that will remain on my shelf forever. Can I get it in hardback? Please? I’ll need it to be durable because I’ll be reading this one over and over again.
Profile Image for Romance Readers Retreat.
2,346 reviews213 followers
February 22, 2015
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 her past mistakes, I really felt for Lucy, she was almost becoming a bit of door mat with the guilt she had and the hatred that was aimed towards her from most people. I mean here is a girl trying to make amends and hardly anyone is willing to give the poor girl a break. 

Dr Richard Hunter, well, well, well, wouldn't we all like a doctor that hot?!? Anyway I loved him. I loved the battle he had with himself over his feelings for Lucy, but what he couldn't deny was the sexual chemistry between the ex lovers.

I felt the story flowed beautifully and can't wait for Josh's story.
466 reviews3 followers
March 2, 2015
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 writer, I am sorry I could not do a better job reviewing this book. I promise to do a better job in the future if I am given the opportunity on a future book.
Profile Image for Xio Axelrod.
Author 31 books563 followers
April 24, 2015
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.
Profile Image for Jen.
3,136 reviews
March 30, 2015
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 recovery as an alcoholic and with the support of her sponsor back in Seattle, she's ready to bite the the bullet and try to make her amends.

She's not surprised that there are still those who are very angry with her and at the top of that list is Richard Hunter, her ex-boyfriend and the man she stole from her best friend and now Richard's estranged wife Ashley. He's never understood why she left and why she had to steal yet another girl's boyfriend and leave with him. For nine years, he's wanted to know her reasons, especially since all he did was love her. But aside from the anger and heartache, the attraction to Lucy has never waned, making him more hostile.

With Willow Park being a small town and everyone knowing everyone else's business, Lucy isn't surprised when news of her return spreads and people begin to theorize that she's back to take Richard away from Ashley yet again. Apologizing to those she's hurt isn't easy or simple and it hurts even when she knows that their acceptance of her apology is not guaranteed. Dealing with her parents is adding on to the stress of being back, but nothing is as difficult as wondering if she still has a shot at winning back Richard's love.

Nobody's Angel is the first book in the Willow Park series by Sarah Hegger and is a contemporary romance that has quite a lot of angst in it, but the angst is what makes the book a powerful read and one that I was happily surprised to have fallen in love with. Lucy Flint is an alcoholic but you don't have to be an alcoholic to appreciate that apologizing for hurting someone is no easy feat. The other person isn't required to accept the apology and the relationship doesn't necessarily go back to the way it was before.

Lucy was rebellious for so many years and wreaked quite a lot of havoc in her hometown. Even though she's now a different person, the only memory most people have of her is of that rule-breaking girl she once was. Trying to gain the trust and respect of those that mean the most to her isn't simple, but being home opens her eyes to how her relationship is with her parents, especially her mother, and that loving Richard may not be the mistake everyone else makes her believe it is. Nobody's Angel gets five stars! ♥

Release Date: 31 March 2015
Profile Image for Lynn Cheryl.
710 reviews30 followers
March 8, 2015
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 of Lucy weren’t favorable but kept an open mind because as more details of her past are revealed, we begin to understand that there is far more at stake than her saying sorry.

Dr. Richard Hunter comes across as rather stiff and starchy, not surprising when his personal life is in such a mess. He's thankful to have his medical career exactly as he wants it. But scratch the surface and there is sensual, sexy man underneath who still carries a torch for the girl that left him all those years ago. He is torn by a conflict of issues as he wants to save his marriage that is in tatters because failure isn't a word in his vocabulary. Only he's still very much attracted to the adult version of the female that ripped out his heart.

The secondary characters play an integral part within the storyline and I have a particular soft spot for Donna Hunter. What a cool Mom she is! I especially enjoyed the banter between her and Richard along with his humorous thoughts:
Richard frowned. Had she been watching YouTube videos again? He must be the only son in the world who thought about restricting his mother's Internet access.
What I love most of all about Donna and also Josh, Richard's brother is the complete and utter understanding and compassion they show towards Lucy. They both have an ability to see beyond Lucy's destructive behavior and recognise there is a truly good person underneath who is desperately trying to fight her way out.

As a reader be prepared to have your emotions assaulted as you are torn between Lucy's need to atone for her past and sympathising with those that are struggling with their own daily problems.

This is a thought provoking story tackling a number of heavy duty topics. The author has carefully crafted complex characters who ignite a whole host of emotions whilst you read. You will laugh, cry, shout out in frustration and feel sorrow and sympathy as Lucy Flint's life to date is laid out for anyone to tear into and pull apart. I ended this book with tears in my eyes, emotionally spent and completely blown away by this incredibly powerful story. I'm now eagerly waiting for Josh's story.

5 Stars

***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley***
Profile Image for Carrie Elks.
Author 63 books1,429 followers
March 31, 2015
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 snowstorm. Lucy clearly knows how to make an entrance, even when she’s trying to fly under the radar.

The story is beautifully written, and seamlessly brings together Lucy’s past–where she managed to hurt a lot of people with a series of bad decisions–with her present, where she’s trying to make amends to those she hurt the most. Sarah Hegger doesn’t gloss over any of the chaos Lucy caused, nor does she make excuses for her character. She simply shows that everybody deserves a second chance, and everybody can grow up to be a better person, and that’s why I found myself falling in love with Lucy Flint.

And then, of course, there’s her love interest. Nobody adores a second-chance romance more than I do, and I loved the way that Lucy reconnected with Richard, her ex-boyfriend, and her father’s doctor who happens to live across the road. From the start, and despite their bitterness, the connection between the two of them was palpable, and I loved the way they were drawn to each other.

This book is more than just a love story, though. Serious issues are touched upon; alcoholism, ageing parents, the way we become carers as they grow older. All of these things are treated with care, never exploited, and it made me love Sarah Hegger’s writing even more than I ever did.
Profile Image for Amy.
216 reviews9 followers
April 10, 2015
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 recovering alcoholic, she is working on her 12-step program and wants to make amends to those she hurt.

One of her victims is former love Richard. And they literally run into each other and find those old feelings and old hurts are still there. Sarah Hegger weaves this present story with small glimpses into the past and we see how the past has shaped Lucy into the woman she is today.

You hurt right along with her as she tries so hard to atone for the sins of her youth. You want everyone to forgive her, but you can see why it's so hard for some of her old friends, enemies and families are having such a hard time letting go.

Lucy is a heroine that you root for and want to hug. You hurt right along with her and you find yourself proud of her for doing something that you know cannot be easy. And Richard, you feel his pain and his reluctance to get sucked back into the whirlwind that is Lucy. Amazing, romantic read that had me begging for more. Cannot wait for Book #2 in this series.
972 reviews8 followers
March 8, 2015
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 the party girl trouble maker she once was. The problem is, people only know her as that girl and trying to get them to see her for who she is now proves difficult.

This book is dual point of view, with parts of the book told from the point of view of Richard, the love of Lucy's life, who she left behind. Richard is estranged from his wife, Lucy's former best friend, but trying desperately to hang on to his marriage. Lucy's return puts a spanner in the works and he struggles to decide what he really wants.

This is an intense, emotional story, about courage, change, love and forgiveness. The scenes where Lucy goes to people she has wronged to apologise and ask forgiveness are emotionally tough to read and left me a crying, blubbering mess.

Nobody's Angel was absolutely magnificent!

Wicked Reads Review Team
Profile Image for Sarah.
951 reviews6 followers
March 9, 2015
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.
Now for the characters in this book I absolutely loved and respected Lucy for what she was doing and how she was trying to make amends from her sins of her past when she was a teenager and a drunk. I adored how the character grew throughout the book and how the writer actually made reader feel her pain and frustration that she was feeling with what she she was trying to do. Also, the when reader got to see the dysfucton of het family even ten years later one could really understand why Lucy was the way she was when she was younger. I wanted to slap her mother so many times throughout this book because I think it would have made me feel better because that woman made me mad.
Then there was the romance between Lucy and Richard. I will not get to into that because that is a big part of the heart of the book but the plot for that part was beautifully written and I was cheering for them throughout the entire book.
After reading Nobody's Angel I had no choice but to give it five out of five stars and circle the release date for book two on my calender.
Profile Image for Sara Canny.
195 reviews9 followers
February 19, 2015
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 hand, is a pretty typical soccer mom.

I also really loved how the love story developed between Richard and Lucy. It feels natural, has a history and depth, and it's fair share of problems. Namely Ashley and Elliot, Richard's soon to be ex-wife, and Lucy's would-be knight in shinning armor.

I also admire how Lucy's problem with alcohol is handled. In the story she's a recovering alcoholic on step nine of the twelve step program. She faces extreme challenges being in her childhood home. Her struggle is realistic and one that so many people face every single day.

I received this book compliments of NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.
Profile Image for Ruthie Taylor.
3,537 reviews37 followers
October 5, 2015
"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 Thomas will too. With such stylish writing and a talent to tell a tale, Ms Hegger has gained another fan.

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
Profile Image for Bette Hansen.
5,055 reviews37 followers
March 25, 2015
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 apologize to the people she has hurt most in her life.

I think this one should go on everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.
Profile Image for S.C. Mitchell.
Author 32 books88 followers
March 31, 2015
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 characters. It pulls emotion from you with every word, and the triumphant ending left my heart soaring. A wonderful read.
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586 reviews14 followers
March 24, 2015
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 really looking forward to Josh's story in the next book in the series!

ARC via NetGalley
Profile Image for J.J. Devine.
Author 11 books166 followers
March 25, 2015
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.
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44 reviews1 follower
May 1, 2015
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.
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Author 5 books44 followers
February 7, 2015
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.
Profile Image for Mia.
174 reviews1 follower
April 29, 2015
This had a lot of depth to it and the story was terrific, I really got pulled into and enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Andrea.
Author 29 books640 followers
February 10, 2015
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 needs to. A wild child growing up with what seems to be no sense of care for others that she hurts along the way, Lucy is now a woman who has found sobriety and a new purpose in her life. She returns home to help her mother with her father as they face his rapid decline with the intent of righting a few of her wrongs along the way.

When Lucy learns that the boy she has loved most of her life is now living next door and her parents doctor, she is thrown into a cyclone of emotions that could derail all that she has worked for. Richard holds a grudge, and rightfully so, but beneath his hurt lies a love that is so strong it is simply beautiful. Richard guides and supports Lucy without anyone realizing he is doing it. He accepts the girl she was and the woman she is. He struggles to fight the level of love he has for Lucy and once he gives in there is no turning back.

Finding the strength to face some of the hardest truths of her life and attempt to make amends with the people she has hurt, Lucy find more within herself than she expected.I loved Lucy's realness and her broken soul. Addiction is a horrible disease and it's reprecautions know no limits. I was horrified at how Lucy's parents and a majority of the town were so unwilling to accept Lucy as a 30 year-old woman and not the young girl that caused havoc upon their town so long ago. The level of animosity thrown at Lucy was disgusting but I suppose it is a reality.

Through it all, Lucy found that she was strong and she was the new person she claimed to be. She took the high road, she managed to maintain her sobriety and she found the one thing she always needed -- family. My heart broke for her along the way but I was cheering Lucy Flint on as she finished what she set out to do.

I cannot wait for the rest of this series and getting to know Josh Hunter. I have a feeling that man is going to set the pages on fire!!!
Profile Image for Elizabeth Horbaczek.
759 reviews5 followers
March 27, 2015
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 first love is back. How do you work with that? Richard is broken and doesn't think he can be fixed, but when lucy comes back he'd feels what he has lost, and well he wants it back. With richards marriage failing and lucy bringing up all these feelings he has hidden for nine years, life starts to make unexpected turns. The author did such a great job telling richards pov and also lucys. The story made you feel this could happen to anyone that has lost themselves. It was a great way of telling a second chance story. I loved richards mom and his brother. I didn't really like lucys family, I really didn't feel she needed them in the story. Maddie mads is a great person in the book, I liked how she helped lucy throughout the book also. I was frustrated on how the book ended because you didn't know what happened with the richard and lucy,so I didn't feel completed in knowing the whole story.

Lucy is coming back after nine years to make amends. She has destroyed lives and she needs to fix things. She just never suspected to feel the same way about richard. Richard married ashley and after seven years the marriage is over. Who walks back into his life, the one and only lucy. So how can richard forgive lucy for just leaving him. Life takes unexpected turns and second chances can happen. Will richard and lucy make it or did they have their chance nine years ago?

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read joshs story. Would I recommend the author...yes Would I recommend the book...yes Would I reread this book...yes Sent from my NOOK
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661 reviews44 followers
September 18, 2015
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 narrative made her so incredibly unappealing that I wondered what the hell younger Richard ever saw in her. I wondered if she really had changed or if she would revert to her old self.

I kept waiting for that turn to happen. *winces* And realized I was no better than some of the secondary characters who judged her based on her past and not on her present.

Richard, at least, took a chance on her. He heard her out then laid his heart open for her to see. Forgiveness wouldn't come easy but she didn't expect it to. If she had, I would have second-guessed her motives for going back to Willow Park.

The road to redemption isn't as smooth as most would believe, but that's okay. The things you cherish the most in life are the things you have to work hard for. Lucy said her apologies, made her peace, and Richard... Well, she came to understand that loving him this time around was different and would be so much better. She wasn't the girl from ten years ago. She wasn't desperate for attention. She was ready to take life by the horns and begin anew. And beginning anew with Richard was the perfect way to end this story.

This was such an amazing story of redemption and second chances, of letting the past go and moving forward, of finally realizing that your heart knows what it wants even before you do. I loved every word of Richard and Lucy's story, and I hope you do too.

(Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
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5 reviews1 follower
March 31, 2015
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 power to unsettle her. Even more so now that he’s her aging parents’ doctor and bought the house next door. Richard is the kind of man you fall in love with. Principled, caring, hot as Hades with a heart of gold. He literally runs marathons to keep his demons at bay, but he can’t outrun his feelings for wild child Lucy. Especially now that she’s back, ineptly trying to repair the damage she caused. Anyone who has ever dealt with addiction or knows someone who has will understand what drives Lucy. Award winning author Sarah Hegger is a brilliant storyteller. Nobody’s Angel is beautifully crafted and stays with you long after Lucy finally sorts her life and love out.
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Author 137 books1,581 followers
March 31, 2015
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 her parents. (They're a pair of real gems.)

I love Lucy’s introspection as she comes to grips with herself and the realities of the many relationships she has.

Richard is a growly bear and with good reason. He loves Lucy despite himself and hates himself for loving her even after all this time. He’d a really decent guy, wholly believable as a hero.

Their journey through misunderstandings and betrayals to forgiveness and a future together is heart-warming. Ms. Hegger’s skill with words and her sharp wit make for a thoroughly entrancing read.

Be prepared for some sizzling as well as gut-wrenching moments.

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