One something special I’m excited to share is that Shelly Alexander’s debut novel, It’s In His Heart, is a breath of fresh, luscious summer air.
Our protagonist, Ella, retreats to the picturesque mountain town of Red River Valley, New Mexico, looking for closure after losing her first love. But she’s keeping a sizzling secret that will surprise her friends and change the town’s perception of her. Then, yet another surprise pops up: Cooper Wells, her husband’s best friend. Ella fears that the secret past she and Coop share is so scandalous that she won’t get the happy ending she’s seeking. And that’s what enchanted me the most about this sassy, funny, heartwarming love story: what secrets can lead to for characters and for readers. Readers love secrets for the anticipation and adrenaline, but for the characters, secrets often feel like burdens or obstacles. It’s in the unburdening—that moment of catharsis for both the reader and the characters—that everyone gets their happy ending.
Kiss by summery kiss, deep in the unforgettable mountains and valleys of Red River, It’s In His Heart will entice you and make you feel good. And I promise: it’s okay if you tell!
- Kelli Martin, Editor