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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: Nobody's Angel by Sarah Hegger / @TastyBookTours @SarahHegger





Title: Nobody's Angel
Series & Book #: Willow Park Romance #1
Author: Sarah Hegger
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours



In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made…





I'm not sure I'll recover after reading this story.

Wow! Ms. Hegger did a tremendous job bringing Lucy full circle from a broken young woman with self-destructive tendencies who didn't care who she hurt to a grown woman wanting to make amends with those she hurt so she can finally lay her past to rest.

This is the first time I've read a story where the heroine is a recovering alcoholic and it was such a refreshing angle. I didn't like the younger Lucy. Getting to know her through memories and narrative made her so incredibly unappealing that I wondered what the hell younger Richard ever saw in her. I wondered if she really had changed or if she would revert to her old self.

I kept waiting for that turn to happen. *winces* And realized I was no better than some of the secondary characters who judged her based on her past and not on her present.

Richard, at least, took a chance on her. He heard her out then laid his heart open for her to see. Forgiveness wouldn't come easy but she didn't expect it to. If she had, I would have second-guessed her motives for going back to Willow Park.

The road to redemption isn't as smooth as most would believe, but that's okay. The things you cherish the most in life are the things you have to work hard for. Lucy said her apologies, made her peace, and Richard... Well, she came to understand that loving him this time around was different and would be so much better. She wasn't the girl from ten years ago. She wasn't desperate for attention. She was ready to take life by the horns and begin anew. And beginning anew with Richard was the perfect  way to end this story.

This was such an amazing story of redemption and second chances, of letting the past go and moving forward, of finally realizing that your heart knows what it wants even before you do. I loved every word of Richard and Lucy's story, and I hope you do too.









Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.

Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting NOBODY'S ANGEL today! ~Gaele (for Lisa)

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting me today, and for taking the time to read and review. Very much appreciated

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