Paper Hearts is a romance story between two very broken people. Abigail Pressman, who is unlucky in love and now about to lose her business to Dr. Jacob Willoughby, who is a widower with a daughter he is trying to raise and to protect. Growing up in a broken home, Abigail holds on to the one thing her father left for her and that is his book store business. Jacob is a doctor who has just moved into town, trying to escape the secret that he carries concerning his late wife and he intends to open his new medical building in the same building Abigail’s book store is. Starting off on the wrong foot, both are having a hard time of letting go of the past and moving on.
Living in a town called Loves Park in which her great, great grandparents are the town founders, Abigail longs for the fairy tale love story. Until Abigail finds a set of paper hearts that a husband and wife have been writing to each other throughout the year. Wanting to know more about their love story and commitment, Abigail finds out this is their eighth year in writing them and sending them to the town. Unfortunately, when more paper hearts are found and then sent, they hint of a tragedy for this couple. After reading the paper hearts, she realizes more about love than she ever thought possible. She no longer wants the fairy tale, but the long lasting love she has been reading about. However, through a series of events: the town finds out about the paper hearts, sides are drawn between Abigail and Jacob, a quirky group of ladies called the Valentine Volunteers try to fix Abigail’s love life, and her mother pushing her to get married, Abigail decides not to hate Jacob after all. In all of this, Abigail is changing and realizing that maybe her dreams were what was holding her back the whole time. When she decides to let go will she be ready for what is awaiting her? I enjoyed this bitter sweet, old fashioned love story that dealt with the deepness of love instead of the superficial. I received this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.