Sunday, November 15, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ What the Heart Wants by Audrey Carlan


What the Heart Wants

The Wish Series Book 1

by Audrey Carlan


From the #1 bestselling author of the beloved Calendar Girl books comes the first in a witty, wise and emotionally compelling new series, where coming home is just the beginning…

“Fly free.”

For ten years those words, written on pink parchment paper in her mother’s beautiful handwriting, have been Suda Kaye Ross’s guiding star. Every year on her birthday, Suda Kaye opens another of the letters her mother penned before she passed, heeding the advice inside as she fills her life with experiences. From Italy to Australia, from Rio to Russia, she’s slaked her wanderlust. And then, on her twenty-eighth birthday, she opens the letter that sends her home.

Returning to Colorado means confronting everything—and everyone—she left behind, including her cherished sister, Evie, and her first love, Camden Bryant. Suda Kaye and Cam spent four years and one unforgettable night together. Given the way she ran out on him, it’s no surprise that he’s wary, resentful…and engaged to someone else. Evie, hardworking and überresponsible, just wants her sister to put down roots at last.

For Evie’s sake, and her own, Suda Kaye is trying to build a new life, all the while wondering whether it’s too late to come back home—or if the most important part of her never really left.

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Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

I had high hopes for What the Heart Wants, and while I enjoyed a lot of it, it didn't quite live up to expectations. I waffled back and forth on my feelings about Suda Kaye. I liked her well enough for the most part, but then she would act in ways that just left a bad taste in my mouth. Then there were parts of the story that just felt like they didn't really serve any purpose - they didn't further the story along and they didn't explain anything we needed to know - more filler than substance, basically. Audrey Carlan is certainly talented, and I was interested enough in the characters here to check out whatever is next for this series, but as a series starter, this one falls a bit short in my opinion. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin

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