Renaissance of the Heart (book review)

About the book:

After her husband of fifteen years comes out of the closet, a blindsided, forty-year-old Amanda Lewis is forced to salvage what remains of her shattered heart and navigate a new life for herself and her teenage daughter. But will a sizzling secret romance with a famous young NFL quarterback lead her to winning the life she deserves or set her up for her biggest loss yet?

As she embarks on the journey of rebuilding her home, Amanda discovers that finding forgiveness and repairing her damaged self-worth are her biggest challenges of all. While searching her soul–and even searching inside her city's history–she finds answers. But will answers come too late and can a broken heart ever be truly fixed?

"Renaissance of the Heart is a light-hearted yet soul-filling story of what true love looks like" - review from Amazon

"This is the best book I have read in years! Lori Jones is an amazing author and needs to get more books out there! It's so hard to put this book down!" - review from Amazon

"This is a great book and you can't wait to get to the next chapter! The author draws you in right away with this story. The characters are amazing!" - review from Goodreads

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My Review

My emotions went on a crazy roller coaster while reading this book.  I think if I were Amanda I would have been in serious need of therapy.  Each chapter has me so hurt for Amanda, and so angry for her, and so happy for her, and slightly jealous of her, and angry, and happy, and just scared, and giddy, and a wreck, and just OH MY GOSH.  I love when and author makes me fall in love with the main characters.  But... when an author makes me fall in love with a complete cast of characters.  I'm in awe.  There need to be more books... because I need more of these characters.

I am absolutely positively in love with Amanda and Bradley.  Their whole relationship gave me the warm fuzzies. From their very first conversation to the very last page I found I couldn't get enough of their easy conversations.  Their teasing and playfulness with each other was just so refreshing.  Each time Amanda would start to step in her own way I would want to shake her and tell her to grab out to Bradley with both hand and LIVE & LOVE.

I don't want to give a thing away about their story... but I knew while I was reading it that Renaissance of the Heart would be one of those books that would find myself begging my friends to read.  My sister-in-law came over while I was mid-book and I immediately told her the general story line and told her she HAD TO READ IT.  (She's a football fan and I really think she would love Amanda.)

About the Author

Lori M. Jones is an author of women's & children's fiction. She released her first children's book, RILEY'S HEART MACHINE, in the fall of 2012 through Guardian Angel Publishing and her second children's book, CONFETTI THE CROC, in 2014. Her debut novel, RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2014. Her flash fiction pieces have placed in several contests and both novels have received awards in first chapter contests.

Lori resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, two young daughters and Disco the dog. Her youngest daughter's heart defect was the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine. Lori is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Children's Heart Foundation and the president of Pennsylvania Chapter. She travels to schools and libraries delivering talks about the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine and how we can all embrace what makes us special. Lori enjoys rooting for her Pittsburgh sports teams and participating in 5K runs.

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