Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Lacy Evans has to go home again. She has no money and no choice. She lost her funds and her business to her ex-fiance who ran off with the money and another woman to Belize. The very first meal she has in her old hometown of Coldwater Cove is prepared by former player, Jake Tyler, a once promising football halfback who went to Afghanistan and lost part of his leg. Now he runs the Green Apple Grill.
There’s a lot to like about The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club, the main thing being the male character, Jake Tyler. He’s a hard-working good guy with a big heart. One of the ways you can tell this is the fact that the two fur-creatures in the book both gravitate toward him and not the heroine, Lacy. But, seriously, Jake, despite his past of making every girl feel special, looks out for people and probably embodies the focus of the club described in the book.
Lexi Eddings tells the story with a sense of humor, moreso during the first third of the novel. She’s dealing with some heavy topics like PTSD and alcoholism and spousal abuse. There’s quite a bit going on and there’s a secondary story as well involving, Lacy’s old high school boyfriend, who was Jake’s best friend, Danny. Also, the namesake of the book involves a group of people who are pretty much a pay-it-foward-type of club.
For the first two-thirds of The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club I was extremely taken with the novel, even if I wasn’t taken with Lacy. Unfortunately, the thin thread of “faith” underlying the novel began to rise to the forefront and by the end, a preachy tone had taken hold. While I don’t “do” preachy, I think individuals who read Christian novels would be very pleased with The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club although there is some language that they might be offended by.
The dramatic action of the conclusion felt a bit more than contrived to me, but I suppose by its end I was already feeling disappointed in what had been a sweet, funny novel.
The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club is the first book in The Coldwater Series.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington books in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club
rating: (3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)