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Embracing Her Heart

(The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Embracing Her Heart is a USA Today Bestseller

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you're greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their
Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by World Literary Press
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Embracing her Heart is a heartwarming story of a second chance for love and quite a story for the first in a new series. Grace Montgomery has returned to her hometown to teach a play writing class for her sister’s bookstore. She’s home for 3 weeks and feels it’s long enough to visit family and it gives her a break from her chaotic producing job. What she didn’t know is that her secret high school boyfriend is also back in town and is better looking than what she remembers.

Reed Cross returned to
Jessica Alcazar
A second chance to get it right ... *happy sigh* This should have been a bit of an angsty read, but it wasn't. I think that's where it kinda failed for me. I'm not giving away the plot, but from the blurb alone, you should expect a bit of angst. Everything else about the story was on-point. Per usual, this was very well written, but it lacked the wow factor I'm so used to with this author.

The story was definitly sweet and full of heart. It's a perfect rainy afternoon read!

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May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Once again I can say when I sit down with a Melissa Foster contemporary romance, I am never disappointed. I might debate if the plot was or was not my favorite, but I am ALWAYS in love with her characters!

EMBRACING HER HEART (The Bradens & Montgomerys, #1) by Melissa Foster is a second chance contemporary romance that had me swooning over the hero and empathizing with the heroine. This book is part of the Love In Bloom romance coll
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Embracing Her Heart was the first book in the Braden’s and Montgomerys Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls series. But it was one of many in the long line of her Love in Bloom series and true to form, characters were present from multiple series.

Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross were secret high school sweethearts and first loves. They went to rival high schools, Reed was the star quarterback and Grace was a cheerleader. The rivalry between two local small town schools was fierce so they met in private. Aft
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

EMBRACING HER HEART is a new series for Melissa Foster. If you’ve read The Bradens and Montgomerys then you will probably know the tone for this series. Honestly, I don’t know why there are so many new series when really this book could be added to the others and it would still work. Sometimes I think it just makes things unnecessarily confusing because other than having new characters and a new setting, the books all have the same feel. Nevertheless, you can read this book as a standalone
Lisa Filipe
Can we say my kindle almost went on fire!?! Grace and Reed were SO stinkin hot! I simply adored this feel good second chance romance, and the start of a fantastic new series from Foster. The Montgomery family is a hoot and I cannot wait to see them all fall in love! EMBRACING HER HEART is what real romances are made of, I shed a few tears, I laughed out loud and I was left with a smile on my face. And the setting, a fun, small town to fall in love with! A definite must read for lovers of romance ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest here, I didn't really love Grace in the beginning and it took some time for me to warm up to her. I was not happy with her especially since she kept mentioning that Reece had betrayed her after she broke up with him, without explaining what he did. She was also a snob. She looked down on her town and the people living in it. That changes over time and I slowly began to like her. That's one of the reasons the book managed to keep the 5 star rating. Reece was a good man and I understa ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Embracing Her Heart is the first book in a brand new series by Melissa Foster. Although this is a new series, the heroine appeared in Brett (Bad Boys After Dark) Mention was also made of characters from the author’s other series. As a big fan of the second chance trope, I was glad for the opportunity to read and review this new release.

The hero and heroine have a romantic history. They were high school sweethearts, and the biggest drawback to their relationship at the time was it had to be kept
Isha Coleman
Modern meets small town with huge personality. You can take the girl out of the city, but can you take the city out of the girl? Grace is no one's country girl. Fireworks are what she needs, not country living. So why is she rethinking her stance on cowboys? Reed is a walking heartache. Been there, done that and have the bruises to prove it, are the words swimming in her head. Will she listen to her head or follow her heart? Embracing Her Heart brings a colorful canvas of heat, heart and humor t ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
I am a huge fan of the second-chance-at-love trope so I knew I would enjoy this read because honestly there hasn't been a book that Melissa Foster has written that I didn't enjoy. This though, went past what I was expecting with the the second chance at your first love, you know the one that got away, the one you still pine for all those years later. Grace and Reed were meant to be together and their ten year separation was nothing more than a bump in the road.

You can see my full #review along w
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Small town, second chance romance, and sibling bonds form the basis for Embracing her Heart by Melissa Foster. Grace couldn't wait to leave her small town and that meant leaving Reed, who planned to stay. Their secret high school love ended after graduation when Grace left town. Now, Reed is back, taking over a family business, and Grace is home to do a favor for her sister. Obviously, sparks are still there; but, so are the reasons the relationship didn't work the first time.

Grace reminde
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was… fine for me. The writing was fine, the story flowed, but nothing about it really held my attention or made me feel like I’ll be thinking about this book beyond finishing it. Embracing Her Heart follows Grace, the eldest of the Montgomery children, back in her hometown of Oak Falls, Virginia. Grace has spent the last few years making a name for herself as a producer in New York City, but now that she’s back home for a few weeks to teach a screenplay writing class, her world’s been ...more
Veronica Bellaorev Books

This was my very first Melissa Foster book. It’s also the first book of her Braden and Montgomery’s Series.

This beautiful story is one of first loves and second chances. Gracie Montgomery is back in Oak Falls; her childhood town for some much needed family time. What she wasn’t expecting was to see again her first and only love, Reed Cross. They parted ways and haven’t seen each other for 10 years.

Nobody new what they once had together of so they thought. There’s no many secrets you can actual
Under the Covers Book Blog

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

EMBRACING HER HEART is a new series for Melissa Foster. If you’ve read The Bradens and Montgomerys then you will probably know the tone for this series. Honestly, I don’t know why there are so many new series when really this book could be added to the others and it would still work. Sometimes I think it just makes thi
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Reunion. Home. Second Chance. Lasting Love. Family. Friends. Love.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
Performance 5 out of 5 stars
Story 4 out of 5 stars

Andi and Sebastian started this one off just right. We get the love and connection to the characters through two different voices. The complexity of characters via pitch, emotion, inflection and simple changes allowed for a smoother more enjoyable read and connection with the story.

Reed needed to once again embrace the heart of the one person in the
Y'all, why did I wait so damn long to read a Melissa Foster book? I loved the characters and the setting, the romance and the family relationships. Reed and Grace's second chance romance gave me all the feels.
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I loved the story overall but it did take me awhile to warm up to Grace. I felt she had no right to be self righteous and angry at Reed for leaving the small town they grew up in after she broke his heart and broke up with him. She was being irrational and trying to justify it even though she was the one that left him. Once she begins to settle in to the small town life and let her guard down you do find yourself really enjoying her character especially with the class she was teaching.
Reed wa
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
A second chance romance with a first love!

Embracing Her Heart is the first book in the The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) series. This book drew me in from the very beginning. It is a story full of romance, humor, and definitely some steamy heat. A well-written story with a plot that moves at a steady pace with a fresh, new story line that is easy to read. It is captivating and kept my attention to the very end. This is a story that will make you smile and laugh. Definitely
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing I love more than getting lost in a Melissa Foster book after a long day of work and lost I went.

I love, love, love Oak Falls. If this is a real place, someone needs to point me in the right direction because I’m gone and I am never coming back. That place is Heaven on Earth and the romance – oo whee!

I loved Oak Falls and the people of Oak Falls when I read about Brett and Sophie. Spending more time there just made me love everyone all over again. What I wouldn’t give for that sm
Jordan Marie
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

**I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster was a lovely heartfelt read with just the right amount of heat! This was my first time reading any of Foster’s books, but I have to say so far I am totally into these cowboys! The first book in The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill-Oak Falls) series follows the story of Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross, which was an easy story to find myself fully invested in. I love a good second chance roma
EEEEK It's here!!! And Holy smokes what a read :-) I was so excited for this new series from Melissa Foster and she did not disappoint! I love 2nd chance romance books there's just something about them that tugs on those heartstrings, Add in it being a small town romance and you have one heck of a read. Reed and Grace were together in their teenage years and now 10yrs later things are hotting up!! Coming back home for a visit from New York Grace bumps into Reed who is also back home to take are ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
I listened to the audio version of this book. I really, really liked this story. After listening to some of Ms. Foster's other books, I felt like this one had a little more to it. A lot of her others have a bunch of girlfriends hanging out, but this one felt more family oriented to me which I really preferred.
Grace and Reed's story is a second chance trope. Their history was ten years past, so they've grown up a lot. They have a lot of issues to work through in order to forgive past hurts and t
Avid Reader
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) #1) by Melissa Foster
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Grace has been living a very successful life. She has come home for just a few short weeks to visit, but she knows that she made the right choice in following her dreams and leaving her small town. Her dream was to write and work on plays. However, being back home with her family and sisters, she realizes that she was missi
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is another lovely read from Ms Foster. My only warning is that once you start, you really will just want to read it straight through!

This is a fabulous second chance romance - and as what happened first time around is uncovered, we can really only love them both all the more, and it certainly makes Grace realise that what she had held as true for a very long time, was not. Poor Reed also gets to make a family disco
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing Melissa Foster book just came out and if you haven’t read any of her books you are missing out but that’s okay you can start with Embracing her heart and I’ll guarantee you will be hooked. Melissa just is an amazing writer and comes up with awesome storylines. You will love her!

Grace and Reed’s story is so frustrating. High school lovers that had to hide their relationship because they went to rival schools is just sad! Grace is this popular cheerleader who loves producing plays
Ana Paula
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster could write a software manual that I still would read it! One of the things that I admire most about her is the capacity to reinvent herself and always write her characters in a unique journey that are their own...

This book is the beginning of a new series, a cross over between the Bradens and the Montgomerys. The Bradens are almost like my family I know their genealogical tree by heart, but the Montgomerys are a new addition to this world. They are a large family and we could get
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Small town romances can be hard when the people involved are in high school, go to different schools and what to do after graduation looms in the background. Grace and Reed's love story ended almost as soon as it began. Grace wanted bright lights and big city while Reed never wanted to leave their hometown. She broke up with Reed so that he can find someone in their small town to make a family with while she pursued her
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a southern lady myself, I instantly connected with Grace Montgomery. She's full of sass with big city flair. Oak Falls reminds me a lot of my hometown where I'm sure the drama is never-ending. At first, I was a bit annoyed with Grace but it didn't take long for her small town mannerism to return; well, that is until she stumbles upon Reed Cross again. He's a man who if anyone else, would fall down a dark hole from all the pain he's experienced. But goodness, this man is (for lack of a bett ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! This is such a sweet second chance romance. As always Melissa Foster gives us a wonderfully written, sweet, fun and sexy story. This one is about Grace Montgomery & Reed Cross effectively starting us off with a whole new family to fall in love with and want to be a part of. How does she do it?
This is one of those love stories years in the making for this couple or rather one that never really ended but instead had a very long intermission in the middle.
I like how there was
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself falling in love with these characters, page by page. Embracing Her Heart is a swoon-worthy love story that embraces the past and the future of Grace and Reed. Torn apart by life and brought together by circumstance this romance book has it all.

Be prepared to read about sisterly-antics, steamy romance, and so much love that it bursts from the pages. When you're young and in love, you think that you have secrets, but years later you learn there are very little secrets in a small tow
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