As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away. 

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STORY: Change of Heart introduces us to Evelyn, a woman swept away by the charm and charisma that is Christopher Brandt. Now, married to him, Evelyn is living a life most people only dream of. Her husband is a young senator whose political ambitions are expected to continues to make headlines. But today he’s making the worst kind of news. The FBI arrests him on charges of embezzlement and Evelyn finds herself on the receiving end of a warrant to search her home. It’s this series of events that leads Evelyn back to Trevor Whitney, one of her friends from college. 

With her future uncertain and the life she and her husband built in tatters, Evelyn, must find way to begin again and learn what plans this new future has for her.

Change of Heart, by Courtney Walsh | Book Review

If I were to summarize this novel in a few short words I’d happily conclude that Change of Heart is a delight from beginning to end. There are so many moments and experiences that place the story on a platform that is second to none. Though always pleasant, this is far from being a mere romance. It’s a story of loss and again finding joy in the face of adversity. This is all in owning to Courtney’s beautifully flawed and human characters. Evelyn is an interesting woman. She represents each of us in our fear of stepping out and for some of us, standing up for ourselves. We all suffer from some sense of being disconnected to the world because we’re afraid to emerge from our comfort zone and rely on faith. Her journey is a lovely thing to experience.

…that’s what makes them different from us. We get to choose if we want to add purpose to our days. – Courtney Walsh

Then there is Trevor. This is a complex and multi-layered hero unlike any I’ve yet met. Trevor is a victim of unrequited love (by his own choice), but he doesn’t fall into the usual tropes this sort of character ordinarily associates. I admired him for the way he removed himself from Evelyn’s life and loved him all the more for the gentleman he was when she unexpectedly reenters his life. Their relationship becomes complex and somehow, romantic (in subtle ways) as the novel furthers. Though, I have to admit I was surprised by the many times they left each other with broken hearts. (Meaning they reached out only to decide a future wasn’t possible.)

Contemporary romance readers must read Change of Heart. It’s one of those books that stands tall and apart from the crowd because of its bravery in bordering on being “controversial.” Not many novels (in this genre) wade into a romance with such opposition, but then, I’d argue not many (no matter the genre) could make a potentially messy topic work so beautifully. If you’re looking for something new to enjoy while you sit out on the porch in the breezes of summer, pick up Change of Heart.

About the Book:

Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sincere thanks to the author, Courtney Walsh, for kindly providing a complimentary copy of this book.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. I love how different it sounds. You've made this book sound wonderfully messy and thoroughly enjoyable. I love a good contemporary read and this one looks great. I like the sound of Trevor. He sounds all sorts of complicated in a good way. Brilliant review, Rissi :)

    1. This is definitely a "beautiful" kind of messy, Kate – and sometimes those are the most rewarding stories. Thank you so much for visiting – and for the kind words, Kate. :)

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