WINDOW OF THE HEART by Amy R. Anguish
SERIES: The Stained-Glass Legacy #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2023
Lennox Malone may not believe in love, but she’s determined to do the best job she can as her friend Sara Beth’s maid of honor. Problem is, the man in charge of fixing up the chapel doesn’t match her determination. Fighting against preconceived notions, a past that catches up to her, and an attraction she wants nothing to do with, this wedding is turning into more than she can handle.
Ty Dunne might be laid back and easy-going, but he’s determined to make sure the chapel is ready for his cousin’s wedding. Not only is it his duty as best man, but he wants to preserve the family’s history in the building. If only he could live up to his family’s other expectations—or those of Lennox Malone, the fiery redhead he can’t stop thinking about. Before he can go any further with her, though, he has to convince her that love is real and worth the risk.
Lennox has built her walls high and sturdy, but Ty is determined to find a way in—even if it’s a window. Maybe the history of the chapel itself along with the romance of a wedding will help.
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Tucked away in the woods in quaint Park Haven, Tennessee, is a lovely chapel with a stained-glass window focal point that is rich with family history and divine grace. I’ve said before that it’s definitely the star of this series, and over the course of the books released so far, we’ve seen the little chapel in various stages of repair. Now, in Window of the Heart, it’s getting all gussied up for another wedding! I loved watching it come back to life under the care of yet another Dunne male, this one a grandson of the couple we met in Window of Peace. And I simply adored once again the role that the beautiful stained-glass window plays in this latest book’s themes of redemption.
Ty Dunne may initially come across as irresponsible or unmotivated, but in reality there is much more to him than meets the eye (in more ways than one). The author skillfully reveals the various facets to Ty’s character as the story progresses, and while I liked him right away, I admired him even more with each new layer we uncovered. He’s all kinds of swoony between his flirting, his faith, and his steady pursuit of Lennox, who is considerably more immune than I would be to his charms. In some ways, he’s also not the typical ‘alpha’ hero that is so common in romance novels, and I loved that about his character.
Lennox Malone at first presents with a prickly exterior and a heart that’s been battered by life, much like the rundown chapel where her best friend plans to get married. In fact, the parallels between Lennox and the chapel are my favorite aspect of Window of the Heart – the sweet romance a close second, of course. I thought Anguish did such a beautiful job of weaving the theme of beauty out of brokenness throughout this book, and I loved how Ty is in it for the long haul when it comes to both the chapel and Lennox’s heart. It’s also just plain fun to watch Ty wear down Lennox’s resistance to him, and the two of them left me smiling more than once.
Bottom Line: Window of the Heart by Amy R. Anguish takes two polar-opposite characters, some complicated family dynamics, a profound message of grace, and an old chapel in need of a big dose of TLC… and she turns it into an entertaining story that engages all the emotions. I loved Ty and Lennox, as well as the couple who’s getting married (Ty’s cousin to Lennox’s best friend), and it was interesting (and a little bittersweet) to see where life has taken some of the characters we met in book 2 as well. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance that points you to Jesus and makes you smile, then you must read Window of the Heart!
(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
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