A little Southern charm, some sweet kids, and two hearts... Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

Change of Heart (Lobster Cove, #1)Change of Heart
(Lobster Cove #1)
by Jennifer Moore
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 202 Pages
April 1st 2016 by Wild Rose Press

Summary

This summer, Nathaniel Cavanaugh vacations in Lobster Cove to spend quality time with his kids after his estranged wife’s tragic death. Successful and well-connected, he is on the fast-track to the highest legal positions in the country, but his family life suffers. After an accident throws Val nearly into his lap and costs her a job opportunity, Nathaniel surprises himself by overlooking her outlandish appearance and lack of qualifications to offer her a job as his nanny for the summer.

Valdosta McKinley wishes for an internship at a Paris Art Institute to use her newly acquired art-history skills. She knows Nathaniel could never develop feelings for a girl from a trailer in a rural West Virginia holler—a lesson she learned the hard way years earlier.

Will pursuit of their professional goals require Nathaniel and Val to give up the dream of being a family?

  
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My Review

CHANGE OF HEART was a sweet surprise! It had a charming, down-to-earth, family feel to it. The characters were interesting and felt like they could walk right off the pagesrelatable characters with their own struggles, weaknesses, hopes, and dreams. The romance was slow, developed, and lovely. An enjoyable and delightful read from beginning to end.

So, you know those books that are just pure enjoyment? The ones that feel heartfelt and where there are some struggles, but are on the lighter side? The ones that make you sigh and smile and so very happy at the end? This is that kind of book. Just pure enjoyment.

I loved the characters! Loved them! Val was totally fun! She was spontaneous, has some serious homemaking skills, has an appreciation for art, is a hard worker, intelligent, charming, beautiful, has some confidence issues, and very caring. If Val lived in my neighborhood or went to my church, I would love to be her friend. Nathaniel is a little stiff at first. He's been torn down and he's worked as a slave to his law firm, leaving his kids to feel lonely more than he really wants to. He's a good man and has a good heart. They're backgrounds couldn't have been more different, but they're exactly what the other needs.

The pacing of the story was steady. There was some romantic tension, but also with the characters themselves and some outside/secondary characters. I loved how Val and Ruby and Finn are together and also how Nathaniel is with Val and the kids when he's present. He's definitely there and present when he's with them and when the office isn't calling him away. It felt so realistic and like so many situations today and that struggle to have a successful career and a happy family. I loved how the relationships bloomed and how they drove the story.

If you enjoy contemporary romance, chick-lit, happily-ever-after stories with sweet romance, some good heart, and a little Southern charm, then I'd highly recommend CHANGE OF HEART!

You can find my reviews of some of Jennifer's other books here

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Source: Received a complimentary copy through a tour host for a virtual tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

Excerpt

    Val clung to him, feeling utterly ridiculous, and at the same time completely content in his arms. “I’m sorry,” she said, once she trusted her voice.
    “The summer’s been good, hasn’t it?” Nathaniel laid his cheek on the top of her head and held her tighter. “I’ll miss this porch most of all.”
    “Me, too.” She pressed her face against his chest, a fresh wave of tears rushing into her eyes. She’d sat in this very place, unloading her darkest secrets, her greatest fears, been comforted and listened, and even... The memory of Nathaniel’s kiss was nearly more than she could take. Her heart felt like it was being squeezed, and she gasped for air. She took a step back, releasing her grip.
    “Val?”
    Swallowing against her tight throat, she raised her gaze to his.
    He lifted a wet strand of hair from her face, and his gaze dropped to her lips before returning to hers.
    If only she could look into those blue eyes every day, be held by him every time she cried, if only...
    “Daddy! Val!”
The sound of Ruby’s voice broke Val’s blissful bubble. She must have gotten impatient and unbuckled her carseat.
    “We’re on the porch, Ruby.” Nathaniel’s gaze didn’t leave Val’s face.
    Val rubbed her fingers over her cheeks one more time before hurrying to meet Ruby. She glanced back and saw Nathaniel still watching her until she rounded the side of the house. 

About the Author

Jennifer

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.


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