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Change of Heart: A Seashell Cottage Book

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Emerson “Em” Jordan always wanted a Valentine’s Day wedding. But after being dumped by her boyfriend, she spends the holiday at Seashell Cottage on the Gulf Coast of Florida with Devin Gerard, a family friend who has no interest in her or any other woman and is instead concentrating on his pediatric medical practice and continuing medical missions in Costa Rica.

Em, who’s
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Wild Quail Publishing
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Susan's Reviews
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it

Just when Em thought she was through with love, she meets Devin, a workaholic doctor who also believed he was through with relationships
Devin's work as a doctor and his volunteer work overseas made having and keeping a relationship almost impossible. Em and Devin meet while on vacation at a seaside cottage. Their growing friendship turns into more, but Devin's work takes him away, and Em busies herself with opening her own business.
Then, Devin returns to Em - he has adopted the daughter of a dyi
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Vikki Vaught
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I’ve read by Judith Keim. I enjoyed the first one so much, I eagerly accepted a chance to read and review Change of Heart when the offer came from the publisher, via Net-Galley. My opinions are my own are not influenced in any way.

Change of Heart has likable characters and an interesting plot. The pacing is steady, keeping me engaged throughout the book. I like Ms. Keim’s writing style, and the story developed logically with most of the book evolving around the heroine, a
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Julie Barrett
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Change of Heart A Seashell Cottage Book by Judith Keim
Did not read the first book in the series and do not feel as if I missed anything.
Start with other works by the author, adult and children's. Praise for works are included.
Dedication is also included.
Emerson Jordan is a woman at her sister's wedding. Jared had broken off their engagement just a few days ago.
She works at the family's flower shop. Her dating troubles and her friends she hopes to rent the cottage in FL or just get away from Vale
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E-Reader Addict
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This book - and far too many like it - are the reason why I’m so behind in my reading this year. The story and writing aren’t terrible, so I keep pushing through, despite not being particularly interested in reading the book. If a book is fairly good, I can plow through it in two or three evenings. Change of Heart took me seven nights to read. SEVEN. Yikes.

Emerson Jordan has had a bad run of luck with men. After her latest heartbreak has her moping for several months, her older sister convinces
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Angel Hatfield
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emerson/Em was taking part in her sister’s wedding . the dreamy hadn’t proposed to her yet, but she was pretty sure he would. Then she woke up and remembered her boyfriend Jared broke up with hre . for the next few weeks Em continued to work at the family flower shop. But she barely functioned. Luckily Jared lived in NYC. an hour away as Em couldn’t bear to see him. As the holidays approached Em fell into a deep depression She had no intentions of dating yet. The holidays were a hard time to be ...more
Ann-Maree Howarth
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how so many of Judith's books are set at the seaside, as it always gives me a holiday feel about them. Its time to return to the Seashell Cottage for another wonderful and emotional story of love and happiness. This is a very sweet and moving story of broken dreams, friendship, family, dreams, inspiration, determination and most of all love. I enjoyed the book but did feel that the story was a little bit slow in the middle and some paragraphs were filled up with un-necessary topics to len ...more
Kathy Fionte
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Advance Readers copy in exchange for my honest review……..
Change of Heart (Sea Shell Cottage #2) This book was an easy read and I love the way Judith describes her characters and makes you feel so close to them like a sister, friend or even a Gran! It was so sad when Em Jordan’s fiancé broke up with her at her sister’s wedding. She was so blindsided by this but it was so great to see how she picked herself up moved on and started a whole new life for herself.
I liked the wonderful
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Texas
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Change of Heart (Seashell Cottage #2) – This is a well written romance full of the importance of family and doing the right thing. The characters were interesting and I really liked the grandmother and Devon the love interest. I did like the way the couple’s relationship grew from strangers to good friends to lovers. None of that stupid “by the third date”, then I didn’t know he was that kind of person. I contacted the author to review her books and received this book through Booksprout. 4*

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Nana
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC to write a review. This book just made my heart soar. There was so much to this story. Em who had always dreamed of getting engaged on Valentine's Day and getting married the next Valentine's Day thought it was going to happen. Instead of proposing. her boyfriend broke up with her. So to get through the next Valentine's Day her sister suggests she go on vacation and suggests she go to Seashell Cottage where she had gotten married. Em was going to go with her friend but backed o ...more
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, contemporary
Em is just coming down from double heartbreak after her boyfriend of sometime left her for her best girlfriend. She goes to a lovely little cottage by the sea to lick her wounds. Originally, she and that girlfriend had been planning to go together; her new cottage mate is actually the best man from her sister's wedding. Devin is a pediatrician who devotes much time to his patients both stateside and in Costa Rica. As they stay together in the cottage, they become friends. When they both return t ...more
Mari
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an easy enough read. The heroine Em went to the beach cottage to reevaluate her life and find herself. There she meets her sister's friend and best man at the wedding. She didn't notice him at the time cause she was dating someone else. After getting out of a relationship she didn't want anything to do with guys and not be too idealistic. Sure enough he turns out to be good looking and a nice guy just wrong timing for them.

Devin her housemate is a doctor who works in Miami and goes on
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

CHANGE OF HEART is a Romance that will leave you with all the “feels” required, a smile on your face, and a satisfying reading experience. Em and Devin are the perfect friends-to-lovers couple who start out their relationship a bit wary of each other, learning to like and respect the chosen path of the other, and through conversations build on their friendship that slowly turns to so much more – with complications.

I liked them both and understood their reasons for not
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Char (1RadReader59)
I really got into this story. It was all about family. Yet, I just wished that Emmerson just would have stood back and not allowed her family to take advantage of her. Devin did the same too in a way.
Which is in a way asking her something and then asking her to decide quickly. I just felt with their friendship being so long and drawn out it just seemed so out of character.
But when they were around each other they were so connected without even touching. The looks they gave each other could st
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B. Scott
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Second book in the Seashell Cottage Series. Em finds out at her sister’s wedding that she is not going to have the Valentine’s Day wedding she has always dreamed about. Her finance, Jared, breaks up with her. Em decides she need to get away from her family’s flower shop and in the fall decides to travel to Seashell Cottage the following February.
Em needs someone to split the expenses with her. Her friend Kat agrees to share the expenses with her but cancels her trip with Em because she is
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Annie McDonnell
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I melted. I cannot believe the amount of emotion this story had me feeling. I was literally sitting alone at an airport restaurant and cried!! I cried!! Judith Keim really knows how to tell a story that hits your heart and pulls at its strings. I was really surprised by this story. I did not expect the ending, which was amazing! There is nothing better than that!
I was so in love with Emerson “Em” Jordan and the rest of her family; especially her grandmother, Julia. Their relationship was just so
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Risha Crider
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have to say Judith has nailed it again! This book is a truly amazing tale about and optimistic girl Emerson Jordan, who's heart has been broken. Journey with her to a retreat at the Seashell Cottage where she redefines herself and her life goals. The sun and sand do amazing things to a persons psyche and Judith has hit everyone of them on the head. Having been to this very spot on Clearwater Beach I can visuali
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ROBIN RUIZ
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Judith Keim writes her characters with such a connection to the reader that you immediately feel like the characters are your family, your sister , your grandmother and your friends.
Em Jordan is feeling low when her boyfriend (whom she thought would propose) broke up with her.
To help her though Valentine’s Day she books a rental at Seashell Cottage.
To help with expenses and through a strange turn of events , she finds herself sharing the cottage with Doctor Devin a very handsome friend of her
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Andra
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Change of Heart by Judith Keim is the second book in the Seashell Cottage series. Not knowing this did not impact my enjoyment of the story, as Judith Keim weaves the background into the story. This is a beautifully written story of triumph over heartbreak. The characters are amazing and warm.

This is the story of Emerson Jordan who decides, in the face of heartbreak, to pursue her dreams and be more realistic about relationships. Emerson Jordan, to her credit, sees the good in everyone but somet
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Penny Leidecker
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I’ve read by Judith Keim and I look forward to reading many more of her books. Change of Heart is an emotional read about Emerson “Em”Jordan and Devin Gerard. This book will draw you in right away and will have you wanting more at the end. Em and Devin start out as friends and Em has decided that’s all they’ll be. Devin works in Florida and offers his medical services in Costa Rica. Em knows she can’t leave her family in Ellenton, New York. I won’t leave any spoilers, but ...more
Paulette
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Em has always dreamed of a Valentines Day wedding. Hoping that her long time boyfriend is finally going to propose, she is devastated when he tells her that he loves her but is not “in” love with her.
Deciding she needs to get away for a while to get over her heartbreak, Em travels to Seashell Cottage. Helping her split the cost of the cottage is Devin, a family friend that needs to recharge from his hectic life as a pediatric doctor in the US and Costa Rica.
Agreeing to share the cottage as just
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Carolyn's
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet story following the life of Emerson Jordan, a woman changing her life after a change of heart. Em is a strong character with a great family. I enjoyed reading about the happenings going on. When Devin and Em share a beach cottage they feel a connection, but know they are on two different paths in their lives.

While the point of this romance was Em and Devin getting together, to me, I didn't feel any type of connection throughout the story with their relationship- through the distance, in t
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Brenda
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A HEA (Happy Ever After).

Emerson Jordan, "Em" has been dreaming of a Valentine's Day wedding her entire life. After a break-up, moving back to her hometown of Ellentown from NYC has 31 year old Emerson determined to make a success of her plans to own a landscaping design company. The close-knit Jordan family support each other.
When Em shares Seashell Cottage with an equally determined and focused doctor, neither will consider attraction they feel for each other. Friendship grows as Em & Devi
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MILLIE JOHNSON
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was quite disappointed in this book. The first 50 pages or so were interesting enough. The characters were likable and the story was realistic and flowed well. However, after this point, the story went straight downhill. The author kept going over and over the same thing. It was like someone else was writing, maybe a very young teen. The dialogue was stilted and unimaginative. The secondary plots were unbelievable. The chemistry between the lead characters was non-existent. I tried to enjoy th ...more
Lori R
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story filled with wonderful characters. I really liked how much Emerson Jordan grew in this book. She seemed so young and naive at first and blossomed into such a self-assured women capable of working two jobs. opening her own landscape design business, to taking a trip to Seashell Cottage all by herself.

I enjoyed how she embraced her friendship with Devin and becoming a mother to his adopted daughter, Ava. I also enjoyed the full circle of the story by Em and Devin's wedding being a
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Jill Eshenbaugh
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. Em has always fantasized about love and the wedding and family she hopes to have. After being dumped she decides to spend time away from home getting her mental act together. She shares a cottage with her sister’s friend and while he’s a hunk, she’s not going to fall for it this time. As are all of Ms Keim’s novels, the characters are people that you’d like to know and be friends with. They face real life situations and de ...more
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Change of Heart is a nice, sweet romance.

Written in 3rd person, single pov, with a HEA ending. Strong story line, good description to detail (a wee bit too wordy at times but still enjoyable) The flow of the story itself could have been tightened up a bit. Loved the characters. Em is such a sweetheart, Devin is hunky, and Ava was cutie.

All in all, a good read.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Would I read more from this author? Yes

Sassy Beta Reading and Review

I received a free copy of this book
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Dorothy Hardy
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Em and Devin have a lot on their plate! with major job changes, neither is looking for love, just a few days to relax on a Florida beach before back to work! both strong and determined mature adults! and being pulled every which way with pressure from jobs and family! liked this writers approach to this story! not rushed but did not drag either! Ava is too darn cute for words! a lot of tearful moments, some spitting mad moments & suspenseful moments too! looking forward to reading more from ...more
Cheryl
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given an Advance Reviewer copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

A nice light story about a woman, Emerson Jordan, who along life's path hits a lot of bumps along the way. A breakup with a boyfriend has him dating a woman who Em thought was a friend. Em takes a road trip to Florida and ends up sharing a house with her sister's best man. They form a casual friendship and the trip brings Em peace of mind and contentment. The trip helps her heal and puts her on the path of discovering what s
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Kristi
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you have a love story and a story with family you get a great story to read. This book is part of a series but I wasn't lost by reading this one first.This is a book that once you start reading it, you'll want to finish it in one sitting. I loved the characters, the story line was written very well with just enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages til the end. Now I want to read the first book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily
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Judy
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this story and the characters in it. They have to deal with happy times and sad times. Life makes them who they are. There are strong family ties and there are folks who evidently have no loyalty. I would love to make a trip to Seashell Cottage. It sounds pretty perfect. I truly enjoyed hanging with Em and crew. It was fun to see some of the changes that takes place in these folk’s lives. In my mind there will be many more good times to come. I received this book from NetGalley, ...more
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Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family.

While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in
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