RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren


Title: My Foolish Heart
Author: Susan May Warren
Publication Info: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2011
ISBN: 978-1414334820
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Foolish Heart This review was written by Emily A. This story was nominated in the Best Contemporary Inspirational Romance category.

The summary:     

Unknown to her quaint town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley is the star host of My Foolish Heart, a popular syndicated talk radio show. From her home studio, she gives listeners advice on romance . . . even though she’s never had a date. It’s not that she doesn’t want to, but since a tragic accident took her mother’s life, panic attacks have trapped her inside her small neighborhood.

And though she always reminds listeners that their perfect love could be right next door, it can’t possibly be true for her. Especially when a new neighbor moves in. Sure, he’s handsome, but with his unruly dog and Neanderthal manners, Caleb Knight is the last man she’d ever fall for.

To Issy, love isn’t worth the risk. Until she starts to have feelings for a caller—a man she’s never even met but finds honest, charming, and sensitive. A man she doesn’t realize lives right next door.

And here is Emily A's review:

This book is too heavy in inspirational elements for most secular readers. It is also preachy.

That being said there is so much to love here. The characters are big and full and vibrant. This is a double romance and the author creates four separate and distinct points of view. Each character has their own problems and way of expressing themselves. The way their stories interact and entwine; they all belong together in this book.

Each character gets his/her own back story. Caleb is a sexy veteran who believes in himself. But he still worries about what other people think about him and if he can do a physical job like coach football after losing part of his leg in Iraq. Seb, the other hero, is still trying to figure out how to live up to his glory days and escape a painful past. Lucy, the secondary heroine, worries about losing her business and trusting Seb after he broke her heart.

Finally Issy. Her problems are the most gut-wrenching. After a tragic accident kills her mother and leaves her father hooked to respirator for life, she is left with PTSD, agoraphobia, and anxiety. She is a recluse. This hit home to me as I know people with anxiety and agoraphobia. The way the author depicted it rang true to me. Issy’s issues play out in way that is fair and authentic.

The dog is adorable. So is the radio show the heroine hosts. I liked the technology of the radio show, particularly the forums where listeners have a side along discussions about the show. I enjoyed the football scenes and loved the character of Issy’s father, the old coach, who is supportive and sympathetic.

One thing I wondered about was how realistic was it that a town as small as Deep Haven manage to broadcast a lot of their events like football games and Sunday church. Not to mention how does a very small town have its own high school with its own football team? I also wondered about Issy’s job. She seems somewhat ill-qualified to be an advice columnist. I really want Deep Haven to do something about the intersection where the accidents. It’s a very deadly place.

All in all a few minor problems, a little too much preaching, but this is an accomplishment of book.

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  1. 1
    Bnbsrose says:

    When you’re in a small town surrounded by small towns, someone has to have the high school. Why not this little town? That’s how it works for the little town the bff lives in.

    When my parents first moved to AZ, they were in the largest town around (but still smaller than the one we grew up in) and surrounded by people who had to drive an hour or more to get to the grocery store, church, the doctor, school, so radio broadcasting everything makes sense. It’s how people in remote places keep in touch.

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    katherinelynn_04 says:

    Sounds like an interesting read! I sometimes really like a normal contemporary without all the frills of historical or the suspense of paranormal or mystery. This sounds like just the thing.
    I agree with Bnbsrose- I grew up where there were three, count ‘em, THREE high schools in different districts in a rural area (read: farming). Each a small town, each a small school. Graduating class of 198 for me. Less than a thousand in my high school with all grades combined.

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    katherinelynn_04 says:

    Also just looked up this author on amazon, and after gaping at the $10 (!) price tag for the kindle version discovered that her book Heiress is free as ebook right now.

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    Vicki says:

    We’ve had the big football team in a couple of the very small (10K people) towns I’ve lived in. And the radio shows. The stations were often built around the team as everyone wanted to know about the team and the games. Then the other stuff got aired including, yes, sometimes church services depending on who was willing to sponsor what. So possible. And the book sounds charming though I will have to think about the “inspirational” stuff.

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    Emily A. says:

    Sorry I didn’t grow up in small town. I grew up in a suburb/town where the high school was about 1600 students total. This town I believe was much smaller.
    I was unsure how about true to live it was. I am relieved to hear it’s probably pretty accurate.

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