Where the Heart Lies By Michelle Flye

Pub date: July 16,2012
Words: 87,000

Title: Where the heart lies
Author: Michelle Flye
Source: Netgalley... Thanks to Carina Press
Star Rating:  4.5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads
All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband's best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?
Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he's become, he'll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.
No one wants the war hero's sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he's a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life?

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book!!! Alicia the recently widowed mother of two, moves back to her husband Ty’s home town to take over his ailing father’s bookstore, and to raise her kids in her husband’s childhood home. But once there everything is not smooth sailing. She meets the resident “bad boy” Liam(Ty’s old childhood best friend) who she starts having feeling for, but nothing can development because the town feels he’s unworthy and will just break her heart.

What first pulled me to this story was, that I’m a sucker for romance, and I always love the misunderstood “bad boy” that everyone thinks is up to no good. What kept me pulled in were ALL the characters. First, we have Alicia who I feel was a strong character throughout the entire book. I mean she had heartache on top of heartache, yet she still managed to pull herself from the ground over and over again. Next, we have Liam whom I loved! He had the WHOLE town against him yet he just laughed it off and continues to be there for Alicia. Then we have Alicia’s new friends Penny and Lulu, whom are both very outspoken on all situations pertaining to Alicia’s life. Throw in Alicia’s adorable kids, a town gossip, a secret that could potentially be fatal to their “growing” relationship and you have one heck of a romance novel.

Liam and Alicia both tried so hard to not be attracted to one another, but in the end the heart wants what the heart hearts, and who are we to deny that?

Overall “Where the heart lies” was a pretty enjoyable read. It was sad in some parts and frustrating at times because I just wanted the town and EVERYONE else to let them decide what was best.  The only thing I would have wanted to make it better would be an epilogue. But that’s just me because I hate for my stories to end L

I give it 4.5 stars!
Characters: 5/5
Writing/error: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Would I recommend it: Yes! 


  1. Oooh i want to read this..small town, romance, book store, bad boy...sold! Awesome review Crystal


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