Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
L.B. Dunbar has officially completed her Heart series with her forthcoming release, View with Your Heart. In reflection, I think my favorites of the series have been the first book, Speak from the Heart and the second one, Read with Your Heart. Like Speak from the Heart, this final book, View with Your Heart, has a tension between its hero and heroine that is long-lasting. Sometimes, it’s difficult to sustain your belief in that contention when it continues through most of the book. That is my biggest criticism of this newest book. I completely understand why Dunbar crafts Gavin and Britton’s struggle. It makes for a story that pulls you through it. You keep turning the page, seeking the resolution. However, there is a balancing act where it feels manipulative at some point, and with this book, Dunbar might have balanced a little too far to one side. That being said, there are some incredible qualities of View with Your Heart:
*There is undeniable chemistry between Gavin and Britton, and the fire between them still burns after a thirteen-year absence.
*The message about finding your home in a person is an important one. This is Gavin’s struggle. As we know from Ethan’s story (his brother), Gavin has been absent from his family since leaving home at eighteen for college. His mother has breast cancer, and he’s missed building a relationship with her and his father. As he struggles against staying in his hometown, several of the characters elaborate on finding a home in a person, not a place. Dunbar has created a heroine in Britton that exemplifies a home. There is beauty in this message especially when one’s home of origin isn’t great.
*There are more of our favorite characters from the earlier books. I’m a fan of authors such as L.B. Dunbar who universe-build. In this book, Dunbar gives us more Jess and Emily, more Tricia and Leon, more Ethan and Ella, and more Jacob and Pam. We come to better understand Gavin’s struggle with his father, and there is a reconciliation between them. This book feels like a perfect end for this group, even though I could use a bonus scene or epilogue in the future.
*The storyline is a sweet one even though fraught with the tension between Gavin and Britton. I won’t reveal the book’s secrets, but Dunbar’s care in crafting the highs and lows of their story is compelling.
L.B. Dunbar’s View with Your Heart is a final testament to her skill at writing sweet, $exy small-town romances. This community feels like your community, and the stories feel like your stories. Gavin and Britton’s journey is an important one; it’s a reminder that original dreams will change, and we can find second chances on new paths with new dreams. It’s also an admonition that home can be found in a person who holds your heart.
In love and romance,