Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Trusting Her Heart by Tara Randel

Posted August 12, 2019 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, romance, Tara Randel / 27 Comments

Trusting Her Heart on Tour with Prism Book Tours

Meet Me at the Altar #3

GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2019
PAGES: 368

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Trusting Her Heart by Tara Randel is another sweet romance in the Meet Me at the Altar series. I was hoping we would get to know more about the mysterious Serena and her connection to the potential con man who is dating the Matthews’ brothers’ mom – and we do! But not necessarily the way I predicated, yet now I can’t imagine it any other way. We also meet a couple of other secondary characters whose stories I now hope to see in future books from this author!

Logan and Serena have instant chemistry, and the secrets each carries (and must keep from the other as long as possible) add a new kind of tension into the mix. Randel does a great job with the ebb and flow of both tensions even as she intensifies the attraction and feelings between these two characters. Characters who are both immediately likable and intriguing. Their layered backstories give the story depth and contribute, ultimately, to the sweet message of finding ‘home’ and ‘family’ in the people who provide a safe place for your failures, your successes, and your heart.

Another character I loved in this story is the setting itself – Golden, Georgia – a quaint little town tucked in the north Georgia mountains. In real life, this area is one of my ‘happy places’ so whenever I get to visit it on the pages of a book I’m that much happier. You’ll enjoy visiting Golden too – and the mix of people who call it home.

Bottom Line: Trusting Her Heart is entertaining and endearing, with a town full of characters I can’t wait to spend more time with. The romance simmers with chemistry and tension, and the first kiss is hold-your-breath sweet. Randel weaves a theme of trust, belonging, friendship and family into a layered plot that will keep you absorbed in the story until you’ve reached the end. I look forward to more time with this series, the town, and the characters!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion


USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.


Prize #1: Signed print copies of The Bridal BouquetThe Lawman’s Secret Vow, and Rival Hearts, tote bag, water bottle and $25 Amazon Gift Card. (Open to US only)

Prize #2: $25 Amazon e-Gift Card (Open Internationally)

Ends August 21, 2019

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27 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Trusting Her Heart by Tara Randel

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Trusting Her Heart” by Tara Randel.

    Sounds like a wonderful story and one that I can’t wait for the opportunity to read. Love the cover!

    I love that it’s sit in a small mountain town – like my hometown here in the Ozarks.

  2. Danielle Walther

    This book sounds so interesting and I just want to keep reading it.
    Thank you for a fun giveaway

  3. Dianne Casey

    I really liked the description of the book. Sounds like a great story. Looking forward to reading. Great cover!

  4. Kathy Cozzarelli

    I like how the reviewer talked about the characters without giving away much of what happens.

  5. Vivian Furbay

    Would like to read this to find out what secrets they have and where this relationship goes.

  6. Donamae

    It sounds interesting and intriguing. Secrets and relationships plus a beautiful little town. I’d love to read it.

  7. Debra Branigan

    The cover is lovely and the review intrigued my interest. I like Tara Randel’s work and I look forward to reading this sweet story.

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