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Paper Hearts

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,229 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she's poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park's t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published December 18th 2014)
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I've owned my copy for nearly two years and have tried several times to get through the first chapter. It was picked for me for the current "Hidden Gems" challenge, and when I picked it up this week, the characters just really jumped off the page, and I couldn't put it down. A lot of times I find contemporary novels boring because they are somewhat predictable, but there's a lot of stuff in this one that isn't. I literally stayed up late to finish, and read this all in one gulp!
Carissa (Regency Woman)
Well, it happened. I found a contemporary romance that I can genuinely say I love. Do you ever tire of those books about people who have everything together? Their lives are successful, they're confident in everything they do, they meet, fall in love, and everything is perfect. Those types of books always make me feel inferior, and when you feel inferior to a fictional character, that's a bad sign! This is probably why I don't read much in the way of contemporary fiction because I always find th ...more
This was a sweet read. Although it was a very good Valentines Day read, I wasn't super impressed with the character development. My favorite aspect of the story was the Colorado location and the atmosphere of the the adorable local book store/ coffee shop. I liked the characters, I liked the story and there were a few moments that I began to feel like I was going to start really caring for the main characters, but then it would fall flat for me again. I liked it well enough to read the next in t ...more
Oct 07, 2014 added it
Heartwarming! Paper Hearts is as much a treat as the delicious coffee the heroine serves in her book shop. Courtney Walsh's warm author's voice tells a story of a doctor and a bookstore owner, both living in a town centered on romance, yet both disillusioned by love. Like the matchmakers that surrounded the couple in the novel, I couldn't help cheering them on. A poignant, wry, sweet, and utterly charming read!

Big congratulations to my friend, author Courtney Walsh.
Deanne Patterson
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Contemporary fiction is not my go to genre but I was influenced to read this by it's cute cover and the trailer I saw for it. Over all I liked the story but some things don't seem realistic to me and I have questions about somethings happening. For example the doctor's daughter received a broken leg in a car accident and it was mentioned then she basically disappeared from the story. The doctor's story didn't seem credible like how he wasn't practicing. He seemed way to unsure of himself to be a ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Such a sweet Valentine's Day novel!

Abigail and Jacob have different uses for the same prime downtown building space. Abigail operates a book store and Jacob has other plans. I loved how the author included bits of humor with Ursula and others throughout the novel.

I look forward to the next in the series.
Cara Putman
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You've Got Mail meets Letters to Juliet in the best possible way!

Happy, happy sigh. This reader was swept away by Courtney Walsh's delightful Paper Hearts. Abigail Pressman has a dream to expand her bookstore set in a tourist town in the Colorado mountains. All she needs to do is scrape together the funds to buy the building. Before she can do that a new doctor swings into town with the cash to buy her building. Before she really meets him, she knows he could threaten her future plans and happin
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good contemporary romance, full of interesting characters, a beautiful setting, and some deep issues that were holding the main characters back. I enjoyed this sweet story. Sometimes I was frustrated with either Abigail or Jacob for their handling of a situation, however, they both grew throughout the story and all things became clear. I wish there had been an epilogue at the end of the book. I think it would have rounded it out nicely.
Abigail Pressman’s dream is to expand Book Nook, the beloved store she inherited from her father. In Love’s Park, a town obsessed with love and all things romantic, being single is an anomaly, so her dreams for her store are her salvation. When the owner of the building sells the entire space to a doctor new to town, she fears her dream will never come to fruition. In a secret match-making scheme, the Valentine Volunteers, the ladies who keep the tradition of stamping mail with the city’s postma ...more
SUMMARY: Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers,
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐️
Abigail Prrssman, owner of The Book Nook, has lost hope in finding a lasting relationship. Having been dumped by a long term boyfriend, and experiencing the hurt of her parent's divorce, she tells herself she is content with her life. But being single is hard in a town that celebrates love and markets romance to the many tourists who visit the small town of Loves Park, Colorado. When a new doctor, Jacob Willoughby, buys the building housing her bookstore to open his practice she is devastated by ...more
I enjoyed this story so much! This was just was heart-warming story. Courtney Walsh did a great job balancing the light romance with heavier subjects in this book. I fell in love with the town of Love's Park and their love for all things valentines. and the Ladies of the volunteer group were my fav. This was a great story of not only romantic love but also trusting God with dreams despite the bad things that happen. this is definitely a great book to add to you collection
Rachel McMillan
Full disclosure: didn't finish this one; but you might!

Will appeal to readers of Melissa Tagg, Becky Wade and Susan May Warren

The Gilmore Girls-esque setting and eccentric characters as well as the plotline's perfect fit as a possible Hallmark movie ( not to mention the winning cover) are enough to recommend it to readers of Christian Contemporary Romance.
Liane Almeida
At first I was not into this book. I thought it was like something I could have written myself (or worst, something like Nicholas Sparks books..sorry..), but after the fourth chapter I really liked it, and changed my mind. It was a nice reading after all. I was hopping a little more dramatic and full of romance, but it was ok.

Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the cover of this book, and the story didn't disappoint! I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance, but I must admit I fell in love with this read. The biggest reason why is because the focus wasn't the romance. This book went so much deeper. Each character had problems with which they were struggling. I loved Abigail Pressman. Her character creeps right into the readers heart. I could so identify with her wanting to follow her dreams, yet still trying to figure out what they are. This ...more
Karen R
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you cross a spunky bookstore owner and a handsome, single, new-in-town doctor who moves into her building: one delightful read! Some quirky characters and funny situations in the first half make this feel like a light read, but it grows in depth as it touches on some deeper issues from the main characters' pasts which affect their faith and ability to love. Throw a cute little girl into the mix, plus the setting of a town with a perpetual Valentine's theme, and the result is ...more
Beth Erin
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

The small, touristy, love-obsessed, Rocky Mountain town of Love Park completely captured my imagination. Historic buildings and busy little ladies groups are just the beginning of this community’s charm. The conflicting emotions, meddling grannies, and characters in need of healing forgiveness gave me warm fuzzies and a longing for more Love Park adventures.

I won this title in a giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you feel that the highest ambition for a woman is marriage, that any man would do, and that everyone you know is entitled to use any means at their disposal - fair, foul or humiliating - to help you reach that pinnacle of womanhood, regardless of your feelings and many requests to stop, then by all means read this book.
Courtney Clark
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable and heartfelt (pun intended!) It's You've Got Mail meets the Signed, Sealed, Delivered's dead letter office meets a story of forgiveness, dreams, and love. Longer review to come.
This was a really sweet story and I enjoyed it. All the secrets...not so much. That part fell a little overplayed. It Hallmark type story with a faith element.
Valentine's Day themed
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JoJo Sutis
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Paper Hearts is pure delight from start to finish!
Loves Park is a small town built on love and romance. There’s even a group of semi-meddling women, the Valentine Volunteers who play part-time Cupid as letters pour in from lovers and the broken-hearted.
Abigail Pressman (granddaughter of the town’s tender hearted founders) has been unlucky in love so far and every one in town just knows she’s destined to be a lonely spinster. But Abigail has more on her heart than finding her happily ever after…l
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Tyndale via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 1st, 2015.

I found this story to be cute. Taking place in a town where the entire existence revolves around love and epic love stories you have a main character who doesn't believe in love. She has her reasons as she had seen it fail on more than one occasion.

Enter a handsome doct
Hallie Szott
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh turned out to be just as cute as I assumed it would be by looking at its cover. With its small-town (romance-oriented) atmosphere and meddlesome yet well-meaning matchmakers, this book couldn’t help but deliver a cute, heartfelt story and I loved reading every page. Walsh’s cast of characters is quirky, fun and real, the situations they encounter cause interesting interactions and curious complications, and the lessons the
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I saw a few negative reviews for this book, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy it.
However, I really liked it.
I liked the characters of Abigail and Jacob. They were flawed and while often misguided, I liked them.
I loved the little town and the idea of the paper hearts was a fantastic way to weave the story together.
Overall, it's a cute, sweet read of a couple of people who need to let go of the past so that God can do something with their futures.

I received this book in exchange for my review. My th
Gretchen Scott
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. The romance and the suspense combined for a perfect book. I loved the history of the small town and cute romance that was happening with in it. This book made me laugh on numerous occasions. I have to say my favorite character was Ursula, she seemed like mean and pushy person....but turned out to be someone trying to help others find love. This was adorable and an absolute must read.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story! I really liked how both Abigail and Jacob learned to let go of their fears and learn to trust in the Lord's perfect plan for their lives. I also was intrigued by the story of the paper hearts, and how the Valentine Volunteers came together to help a friend (even if the methods were sometimes hilarious!).
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this one a bit hard to get into in the beginning, but ended up liking it. Cute story.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the writing in this book. I didn't see the main plot change coming. Fabulous read, with a great message! 5 stars!
Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lovely story! This was my first by Courtney Walsh and I must say I really enjoyed her writing.
At the beginning it definitely gave me some You've Got Mail vibes and I was somewhat sold because that is one of my all time favorite movies but then it turned into so much more. I was deeply involved with the characters. It had all the feels for me. I mean I chuckled in some parts, got angry and I got emotional in others. (maybe its my mood at the moment) but the hurts that both Abigail and Jac
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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illi ...more

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