Trust My Heart

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Trust My Heart

Trust My Heart (Waterfall Press, October 2016)

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.

The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

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Reviews

  • Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post was a sweet story. If I am honest, this book isn’t very memorable to me. I enjoyed it, but it was so much like so many other books I have read. There was nothing that made this book memorable to me which I hate saying because it was nothing special for me I know that other people will totally love this book.

  • Jamie’s and Grant’s characters both were well drawn. Each is damaged and has flaws.
    I really enjoyed the pacing, which was a nice mix of quickly transpiring events and slower contemplative scenes. And the setting is described beautifully.
    The novel is a really easy read — I read half of it in one setting. However, it doesn’t shy away from issues of faith and forgiveness.

  • Trust my Heart” by author Carol J. Post is about love and happiness. Grant McAllister only wants to sell land and then get away. His grandparents have left him a mansion that he wants no part of. He has just gotten divorced and now he does not want any relationships. Jami Carlisle is a reporter on her first job. She has been told to find out about Grant and his mansion.

  • A delightful clean Christian Romance book that’s a heartwarming story you don’t want to miss out on.A well written story with a great plot,charaters.

  • This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was really impressed. I loved Grant, but like Jami I grew tired of his ‘hot and cold’. I had to laugh at Bertie, one of the secondary characters — but I totally loved her. And Jami was a sweetheart. I can only assume her two best friends will the main characters in other books in this series.

  • This is a delightful Christian romance. Both of the main characters have hurts from the past that need to be healed. It was great to read how God worked in both of them for healing and forgiveness. The novel has a good plot, well crafted characters, and lots for readers to think about. I recommend it.

  • TRUST MY HEART was foremost about opening ones heart to love, forgiveness, and God. It was a heartfelt and sweet story with small-town charm, friendships, and romance. . . . I did have some hang-ups about this one, but overall, it was a story I enjoyed and the romance had some definite sparks and sweet moments. I also thought the inspirational elements were spot on. They weren’t overly dramatized or preachy, but were meaningful and felt authentic.

  • A classic small-town romance with lots of heart. Post as captured the unique personalities of some memorable Murphy citizens. Still grinning over their antics. They provide wonderful comic relief for the angst that abounds as Grant struggles to come to terms with his family history…and his past.

  • Trust My Heart is an excellent story of faith, trust, forgiveness and finding peace. The journey to this is difficult and full of hard lessons but we have to face each one in order to be the stronger person we are at the end. I loved every moment of this special book.

  • “Trust My Heart” is one of those mostly feel good, small town love stories but of course both primary characters have unresolved issues that they manage to help each other overcome. Jami is a sweet and positive young woman with a dream. She wants to be the best journalist she can be and is determined to succeed with her first big assignment for the local newspaper. Her article is to feature the McAllister estate and its heir, grandson Grant who just wants to sell the place and get back to his life. He is definitely not interested in learning about the grandparents he grew up believing did not want him.

  • This novel has within it all the elements to make a Hallmark Channel movie. You got to love all the quirky secondary characters like the over the top fashion statement charm of Bernie as well as her on and off again rivalry with farmer Hank who is set in his ways at the Feed store. Combine that with all the small town charm of a simple town like Murphy, you are bound to see some sparks fly and romance bloom. 5 out of 5 stars for my and can’t wait to see more from Carol J. Post in the future. For now, this one has a cozy home in my personal library!

  • What an enjoyable book! I …was captivated by the story premise and was not disappointed. Carol Post creates realistic and likable characters in Jami and Grant, and I loved their interactions and repartee. Grant’s inheritance from his grandparents after years of estrangement adds a bit of intrigue to this contemporary romance, and Jami’s determination to interview Grant for her first newspaper article increases the charm factor. Love, trust, and forgiveness combine in this heartwarming contemporary romance.

  • I don’t read very many contemporary romances, but for some reason or another this title appealed to me. By the first line alone, “Decision making’s a bear,” I was automatically interested in the narrative. Both the main characters are well-written and likeable, which is major plus for me. At first glance the plot does reminds me of a made-for-Hallmark Channel movie, but less cheesy. Actually, I thought the plot was intriguing, and the author did a marvelous job with the descriptions and dialogue.

    Overall, Trust My Heart is a wonderful romantic read.

  • I love this story! I love the characters and the message of forgiveness and faith woven beautifully throughout. This story also has secrets which threaten to destroy lives, but also a message of hope.

  • Trust My Heart was truly a joy to read. I couldn’t wait for my lunch breaks and work commutes, just so I could keep reading and find out what was going to happen next!

  • This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It’s a nice, sweet, contemporary romance with humor, warmth, faith, a small town atmosphere and just enough drama to keep you interested. I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more by this author.

  • This was my first book from this author, but one book and I have become a fan.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the small town setting and the various interesting characters the author introduced me to. The two main characters, Grant and Jami both had some major trust issues from past experiences in their lives. They handled those trust issues in very different ways…one leaning toward faith and one away from it.

  • If you enjoy a good romance featuring regular people, you’ll like Trust my Heart.

  • Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post is a story about Grant and Jami, two people who have been betrayed and hurt in the past as children, and neither has come quite to grips with what to do with the pain. Both have commitment and serious trust issues for different reasons. With the help of some busy bodies, Grant and Jami’s budding relationship hits some major road bumps along the way to true love. Miscommunication and not taking the time to have a real conversation had me wanting to smack these two upside the head. However, I felt for both of them and the author had me understanding where they were coming from. The misunderstandings added a depth to the story and to Grant and Jami characters that made their love journey all the richer by exposing the extent of their pain and the ending was all the sweeter because of the trials.

  • Moments says:

    “Trust My Heart” is one of my favorite books this year! Carol J. Post writes with heart and has the ability to draw the reader in immediately and hold them captive in the characters’ world. Grant and Jami both have their own agendas and their own goals, but they were not counting on meeting each other and the chemistry between them as well as the void that each fills in the other’s life.

  • I have never read any of Carol J. Post’s books but this one, Trust My Heart sure was something that peaked my interest and makes me want to read more. A story that was full of romance and drama is a great book for a lazy Sunday!

  • Trust my Heart, easy to say, but hard to do, and these two thrown together by fate, will have a hard time doing so. Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, a broken man, a bad divorce, and now getting rid of the home and belonging of his Grandparents that never acknowledged him when they were alive. He is about to meet Jami Carlisle, and new college graduate, with a new job as a hometown reporter to the local paper. She is finally free from her long time boyfriend, who has told everyone, but her, that they are getting married.

  • This was a truly refreshing and wonderful Christian romance. The book is a combination of lifelike characters, intermingled with a touch of faith, a drop or two of romance and some mystery that drew me into the story and kept me there until the end. 

  • The story was an easy read but middle of the book, it got repetitive and annoying. Something would happen, then they would break up, then something would happen, then they break would break up, then something would happen and they would FINALLY decide their relationship are worth fighting for. This entire book felt like fluff. A decent read if you are a fan of the writer, but I expected more from this book.

  • This was one my favorite books I’ve read this year. I was so drawn into the story and the author made me feel invested in the lives of the characters. I love a story like this!

  • Trust My Heart is a sweet small-town romance with a couple of quirky characters, a little bit of family mystery/angst, and a tender theme of forgiveness. While a couple of the plot threads were distracting or unnecessary, others have me eagerly waiting for more books in this series. Several of the supporting characters just quite simply NEED for their stories to be told too 🙂 The icing on the cake for me – in addition to the great characters and the swoony moments – is the NC mountain setting, one of my happy places in real life and in fiction too.

  • Trust My Heart is a pleasant romance featuring a town full of quirky characters—think Gilmore Girls or virtually any Hallmark movie set in a small town. Notoriously awful matchmaker Bernie and gruff shop owner Hank were two of my favorites, especially when they found themselves victims of a matchmaking scheme. I could have read a whole novel focused on those two, and I eagerly anticipated learning more of their story.

  • God is Love says:

    Seasoned author Carol J. Post does a delightful job in creating a beautiful love story between the hero and heroine in her book, Trust My Heart.

  • There is nothing that gives me a brain break better than a great romance book.

    I am so glad I grabbed Trust My Heart to read for my brain break. It was exactly the kind of book I needed to rest my busy brain! I loved watching Jami and Grant’s story unfold and fall in love with them as they learn to trust and love again! It was exactly the kind of sweet love story that I needed and Carol Post did a great job writing it! Can’t wait to read more books by her!

  • I had such a hard time getting into this book not sure why the edit was spot on. The fact that a character had no problem kissing a non- Christian may have something to do with it.

  • Carol’s writing is one that draws the reader into a book heart, mind and soul. The characters are crafted so well that they seem real instead of fictitious.

  • I wasn’t sure how I would like this story, but I was quickly swept away by the fun characters and all that goes on in the story. Carol captures the small community feel with Jami and Grant’s story. I love that she developes her side characters too! This is a delightful read.

  • Trust My Heart is such a sweet and oh so awesome romance novel!! I LOVE everything about this book… seeing people overcome obstacles and learning how true forgiveness blesses you in ways you never could have imagined is just a small example of why I fell in love with this story!

  • If you are looking for a charming, small town romance, set in North Carolina, this book will give you that feel. The chemistry between the two main characters is undeniable.

  • The character development was great, as the author created complex and believable characters that were endearing and frustrating at the same time. Both Jami and Grant had trust issues as a result of their past. Both had to learn to let it go and approach forgiveness, of each other and of those from their past, in order to allow them to grow in their relationship.

  • I love small town settings, and this book has that in spades. It was also full of quirky, fun characters that pull you right into the story, there is also a bit of mystery surrounding the house that Grant inherits, which adds the the fun of the book. Both Grant and Jami have trust issues and they find themselves in several situations where they are having to trust each other.
    This was an absolutely fun book!

  • Fun, realistic characters and a gorgeous setting! I thought this book was well-written and I enjoyed that the romance didn’t overpower the rest of the story. I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of the genre!

  • I did actually enjoy the book. The author came up with some great characters who definitely were not perfect. The plot was good, and there was a great theme/message of forgiving people throughout the book, as both of the main characters had to forgive a parent for ways they had hurt them.

  • This is such a charming novel. Trust My Heart has so many elements I love. It has a small town setting in the Smoky Mountains. There is an old, abandoned family mansion to explore. It has truly likable, relatable characters in Jami and Grant. It has a heartwarming romance. And it even has two adorable rescued dachshunds! It would make a perfect Hallmark movie.

  • This is such a cute little story that turned out to be a quick read I really enjoyed, and I am sure I will read more of Carol’s books in the future! At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I definitely enjoyed this novel, although a few of the interactions were just a little stilted for me. Other than that, though, this was an adorable story that I am glad I got the chance to read, and I can happily give it four out of five bookshelves. Carol did a wonderful job of weaving together a novel of love, forgiveness, and redemption, and I know I will be reading more of her work in the future!

  • WORD Up! says:

    “Trust My Heart” by Carol J. Post is an enjoyable romance read that took me a bit of time to get into. This made the story a sweet read that really transported me to the South, where things are more laid back in rural areas. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this novel.

  • “Oh Lord, what have I done?” (p.89)

    You know, I think both of these characters must have asked this question about a jillion times in this novel – in different ways and in different circumstances to be sure, but this question sums up a lot of the uncertainty that seems to follow the two main characters through life.

  • The supporting cast of characters really made the story.  Bernie’s antics were just hilarious, and Jami’s friends made great back-up people.  I’d love to read their stories, too.  With such colorful characters in the background and a strong setting, Trust My Heart puts me in mind of the Mitford books.  If you love Jan Karon’s work, definitely give Trust My Heart a try.

  • As I finished reading I honestly realized I really did like this story.
    I wasn’t too attracted to Grant the main man. I frankly thought he just needed to ‘give it up’ and move on. After a broken marriage he struggles to ‘move on’.

  • This book was an easy read that was enjoyable, albeit not overly memorable or unique . I really liked the secondary characters, they added a lot more to the book than the main characters did at times. Overall a decent read, just wish I felt more engaged with the main characters as they just seemed a bit stilted and cliche. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Trust My Heart is Carol J. Post’s latest book and it is AWESOME! This is my first time reading one of her books and I am hooked. Carol J. Post writes with authority on: North Carolina, lawyers, journalism, the newspaper business, and estates. I found myself unable to put this book down, from start to finish I found myself in Murphy, North Carolina with all these characters.

  • I found Jami very likable; friendly, outgoing, and even through tragedy and hardship, her faith keeps her going.
    However, I did not like the pace of the unfolding love story. It seemed it was right off the bat. It felt as though as the reader, we weren’t given the opportunity to get to know the characters…

  • I was excited to have the opportunity to review a book set in my beloved state of North Carolina. Tucked away in the mountainous area of Western North Carolina, the areas surrounding and in Murphy conjur up beautiful sites that travelers and native North Carolinians totally love. Mountains, streams, rivers with white water rafting, picnics, beautiful trees and wonderful fresh air and great folks to get to know.

  • Trust My Heart is an impressive contemporary romance with the small-town setting of Murphy, NC vividly conveyed. A humorous secondary storyline involving Bernie and Hank, two quirky supporting characters, added depth. It has a solid spiritual foundation and is a story of forgiveness/second chances – and the characters reflect that, however much we might want to be on the receiving end of a second chance, the extending of it is not always easy. I would have liked more dialogue and action rather than so much dwelling on thoughts, but the story is enjoyable overall. I hope there will be more Murphy, NC stories in the future.

  • I have not read anything by this author before but I will definately be looking for her writing in the future. I like the story as the Main characters were flawed in their own ways and it made the story for me. I would highly recommend.

  • This was a light, sweet story that I read through quickly. It had elements of romance, some fun, quirky characters, a lot about faith and forgiveness, and a couple of contemplative thoughts. The characters, while not incredibly deep, were enjoyable to read about. The town setting was well described and fit well what I know about the town (I lived close to it years ago). I was a little frustrated with the immaturity of one of the characters, but sadly, there are people in the world like him. The elements of faith were deeply woven throughout the story, but didn’t come off as preachy. Overall, this was a cute little book that I think a lot of people will enjoy.

  • I don’t read Christian romance novels very often (or romance novels of any kind actually), but I was intrigued by the plot line as the synopsis held a little bit of mystery within the book. Trust My Heart is a very sweet read; it holds layers of nostalgia, loss, hurt & sadness–but it also holds hope. And the combination of those elements helps bring depth to the conflicts, storylines, and character development–especially main characters Grant and Jami. For more information about the book, please read the author’s synopsis.

  • Jami's Words says:

    I was drawn in because of the heroine’s name Jami. It is rare to see my own name in a book. After I decided that the book description sounded good, I wanted to read Trust My Heart!

    The two main characters, Grant and Jami, seemed like real people. Both had flaws (oh boy–don’t get me started on Grant!) that were realistic. However, they also had endearing qualities that were genuine and felt true to life. I love novels that draw on my emotions, especially if there is some humor, and Trust My Heart includes a good bit of humor!

  • Book by Book says:

    With plenty of small-town charm, quirky secondary characters, and a heartfelt lesson in love, trust, and forgiveness, Carol J. Post’s novel Trust My Heart offers its readers a delightful and quick inspirational romance.

  • This is the first book by Ms Post that I’ve read. I don’t want it to be my last.

  • I loved this book. It’s an easy, feel-good read. I love books about small town romance and I really liked the characters in this novel!

  • Whenever I get my hands on a romance title, I worry that it’s going to be the same ol’ thing. Girl meets boy- acts shy. Boy meets girl, acts like he doesn’t care. Both deny feelings and become annoying before a happy ending. That wasn’t the case with this one. Well, maybe it was… a little- but it was good!

  • I always like to read books by authors that are new to me. When I read the synopsis I thought this would be a good book to read. I found that Trust My heart was a sweet romance. I liked that it was light and fast to read. The town was well described and made me feel like I wanted to be part of it. I think this would be a book many people would enjoy.

  • This clean, down-home romance has a made-for-TV feel. Jami, Sam, and Holly seemed as real as my own girlfriends. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, and sometimes I felt like I was on the emotional roller coaster that Jami and Grant kept riding. The trite theme of “opposites attract” was in play, but it worked well in this scenario. A hopeless romantic would cling to this book and finish it in one sitting!

  • Trust My a Heart by Carol Post is such a sweet and easy read. I enjoyed the characters, and love simple romances like this one. Although, I wish the book would have been longer. However, if you are looking for a good weekend read this book is for you. This is the first book I’ve read by Post, but it certainly will not be the last.

  • Easy to read and follow, with lovely characters. The characters are full of life and depth, with well written personalities that draw you in. There’s just enough conflict to keep you interested, but not enough to make you feel anxious or stressed. A nice read for stressful periods to help calm you.

  • The characters are so fun and lovable. You become their friend(or really don’t like them) and cannot wait to find out what happens next. Or at least, that’s what happened to me! I loved this book and couldn’t wait to read the next page and the next. Also the adopting of two dogs. Swoon. Who doesn’t love dogs? And rescuing is amazing. That’s how we’ve gotten all of ours! Nothing not to like about this book.

  • Trust My Heart is the perfect book to pass a relaxing afternoon with a cup of coffee. I loved the small-town, charming setting and Carol brought it to life skillfully. I found myself rooting for Grant and Jami, and the story has just enough of a tinge of intrigue to keep the pages turning quickly. This is a quick and easy read that provides a satisfying story while weaving Christian truths throughout.

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