Review: Wake My Heart by Lydia Michaels (Jasper Falls #1)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Grey's Promotions.
Lydia Michaels is a new-to-me author and Wake My Heart is both my introduction to her writing and to her brand-new series, Jasper Falls. Based on some reviews I've seen on Goodreads, I think this new series is a spin-off of the author's McCullough Mountain series. I may check that out before the second book is released in April, time permitting, since that series consists of eight full-length novels. If there won't be enough time, I've already added it to my to-be-read list because my curiosity's been quite piqued.
Maggie Harris and Nash O'Malley fell in love in middle school and never parted from that time on. When they got married, they believed they would spend the rest of their days creating and raising a family while Nash pursues his love of music. But Fate had other plans, cruelly ripping any chance for these two soul mates to live out their dreams when Nash was taken from Maggie all too soon. Two years later, all she wants is to be left alone to mourn the man she still loves. When a new neighbor moves in next door, Maggie doesn't quite know how to handle, but Ryan Clooney could mend her broken her heart. In turn, she may be the one who wakes his dormant heart, but is either one ready to do so?
Oh, this book got to me. I absolutely empathized with Maggie and her desire to simply be allowed to mourn without other people setting some sort of deadline. I think that Ryan's appearance came at a point in her life where she may have thought she wasn't ready to move forward from the loss of Nash, but all she needed was to take that first step of opening herself up to someone new. It was as if Maggie and Ryan filled the missing pieces in each other. I appreciated that the author didn't sully Nash's memory or the love he and Maggie shared. Wake My Heart was about love and loss and healing, and it gets 4.5 stars.
Release Date: 23 February 2021
Date Read: 21 February 2021
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