Friday, December 2, 2016

Teach Your Heart ~ Tracey Alvarez ~ New Release and Review

Some lessons are harder to learn than others…

 Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.

After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with three cute kids. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.

Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that their foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.

Elizabeth's Review

3.5 stars ~ Worth a reader's time

Review Copy Provided by Author

A sweet story that takes two wounded people and forms a family.
Owen is a doctor who works too hard and is grieving the loss of his sister and her husband. He has temporary custody of his nieces and nephew while his mother recovers from surgery. Gracie comes home to New Zealand after the terrorist attacks in Europe make being there too difficult. Home means dealing with the expectations of her father. Owen and Gracie meet by chance and discover that they can help each other. Owen needs a nanny for his young charges and Gracie needs funds to pay off student loan debt.

Watching Gracie, Owen, and the children together is so much fun. The five of them each bring something to the others that they were lacking. For Owen, it's the bridge that Gracie creates allowing him to reconnect with his family on more than a surface level. For Gracie, it's ultimately the opportunity to stand up for what she really wants and to see her worth and importance to others.

Ms. Alvarez does an excellent job of creating characters and communities that are easy to like and relate too. Teach your Heart connects to other books by Ms. Alvarez, but can easily be read as a stand alone book.


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