ANYWHERE THE HEART GOES
Rating: 4 Cups
Rachel is a fifth grade teacher. She has been divorced for about two years and the forty two year old is afraid to risk her heart again.
Sam has been married twice and been in love a few more times, ending in heartbreak for him. He is determined to protect himself at all costs and is not interested in a serious relationship.
Sam and Rachel figure they are just humoring two well meaning and happily married friends by agreeing to a blind date. They like each other more than they expect and continue to see each other, but their insecurities and past hurts may just damage the fragile relationship they have developed beyond repair.
I really enjoyed this story. It started out a little slow and had a lot of internal dialogue, but soon picked up. Both Rachel and Sam are very likable and real characters. They have both had some bad breaks but have morals, scruples, and self respect. Everyone will recognize someone they know in at least one of the characters in the story. The subplot of the newlywed Tollivers and their marital struggles is a nice counterpoint to the story. I liked Ron despite his passive-aggressive tendencies, but Wanda’s self righteous and rigid attitude could be a little hard to take at times. The story itself is well written and believable. The characters are average people leading nice but average lives and are still interesting enough to hook a reader for a whole story.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More