Lily Livingston is a widow raising her six-year-old daughter, Claire, in New York City. Devastated by her husband’s death three years ago, she’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Besides, trying to balance her career with motherhood leaves her little time for romance.With a wheelchair instead of a white horse, and a vow against falling in love again as his armor, Gideon SLily Livingston is a widow raising her six-year-old daughter, Claire, in New York City. Devastated by her husband’s death three years ago, she’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Besides, trying to balance her career with motherhood leaves her little time for romance.With a wheelchair instead of a white horse, and a vow against falling in love again as his armor, Gideon Stone is the last person Lily expects to sweep her off her feet. But when a business agreement forces the two of them together, that is exactly what happens.As they navigate the minefield that fast represents their relationship, can either of them overcome the obstacles to find true happiness in each other’s arms? The answer is yes, but the bumps along the way demonstrate that neither of them can go it alone....
|Title||:||A Heart of Little Faith|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||388 Pages|
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A Heart of Little Faith Reviews
3.5 stars. I was completely intrigued and excited by the idea of a disabled hero in a wheelchair who wouldn't magically be fixed. Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. That rocks something fierce.This is a debut novel, and it reads like one. There is a lot to like here, and a lot that can be improved upon.I really liked these people. Both the main characters and the secondary characters. They are all nice people. Regular people. They all have a great story to tell. I liked that Lily is still mourning her husband, but is still willing to take a risk and open up to Gideon. She is a great mom, and her daughter, Claire, is adorable, without being precocious or too cutesy. Lily has real-life problems, such as needing a babysitter, and having daycare issues.Gideon seems like a really nice guy, too. On the surface, he seems really well adjusted to the accident that left him a paraplegic, but he does have self-esteem issues stemming from the departure of his ex-girlfriend immediately following his accident. He's a family guy, who really wants nothing out of life except a happy home life filled with a wife and kids. Unfortunately, he feels like he can't saddle a woman with his less-than-whole self.The secondary characters are great, too. Gideon's sister Samantha, his best friend, Tony, and Lily's friend and boss Anne, are all supportive, but also not afraid to tell it like it is. Her daughter Claire is a realistic 6 year old girl, filled with adorbz but also a little sensitive and still throwing the occasional tantrum. She adores Gideon on sight, and the feeling is mutual, first because Gideon loves kids, but also because Claire just sees him, not a wheelchair. She accepts him at face value for the awesome guy he is.This book is set in NYC, and Wilck does a great job of showing not just the hustle and bustle of the city, but also the little neighborhoods scattered throughout. Lily and Claire ride their bikes to their local park, there are little restaurants to pop into, and friendly neighbors. It almost feels like a character in and of itself.Where I thought this book fell short was partly in the editing. It could have been much, much shorter and much, much tighter and still told the same story. There is a lot of extraneous information that only weighs it down. There is also a whole lot of telling, not showing. As an example, in one scene, Gideon is on the phone, and is in his home office. In the middle of his phone conversation, there is a lengthy description of all the rooms in his apartment, rather than, say, the chair he was sitting in, or the overall feel of the room. After this description, we are taken back to the conversation. I felt like this was TMI, and it took me away from what was happening.Also, and this was one of the biggies for me, in her desire to show Gideon as a regular guy who just happens to be in a wheelchair, I think Wilck shortchanged his obstacles. For example, he goes out and about in the city constantly, takes cabs and the subway. I imagine while this is the norm, it has to be a big PITA, especially the cab part of it. Maybe it isn't, but it felt like it should have been to me. I can't imagine that they all lived on the ground floor in NY, but so many buildings there are walk-ups without elevators. And they are tiny. Was this a problem for him? I wanted to know all these things and more. I wanted to see why he thought he wasn't worthy, the issues he had to face, and the impact it had on him and those around him.Also, with the closed door nature of the sex, I felt shortchanged. This seemed to me to be the perfect opportunity to increase intimacy between Lily and Gideon. Was it uncomfortable for him to get out of the chair and into the bed while they were being romantic? How did he have sex without the use of his legs? These seemed like missed opportunities to draw the h & h closer, and to let us see more interactions that might have served to increase the trust and faith between them. We are told a tiny bit through Lily's recollection, but aren't shown, which would have been very powerful, IMO.The title of the book is perfect, and describes Gideon to a T. He wanted to believe in a HEA for himself, but just didn't have enough faith in himself, and projected his past hurts onto Lily. She in turn never said to him, "I love you, dammit. TALK TO ME." So he withdraws and she accepts him back without question every time he apologizes - until the last time, when she doesn't. But as soon as he apologizes, she does. There needed to be a better grovel, IMO. The pattern made me impatient with them both, wanting to smack them upside the head.I definitely want to try Wilck's next book, because I like the life that she infused into her characters. They are warm, likable people with a lovely story to tell. She has a gentle voice which fit the story perfectly. I'm hopeful that in the next one, there is more show than tell, as well as tighter editing. But overall, a good debut.
A good solid romance with all the regular elements. The writing was good with pacing, atmosphere, and engaging all the senses. The hero is a paraplegic and (typically of these types of books) has a low-level and incomplete injury so that sex is not at all hindered. The sex scenes themselves are not shown, but the sexual tension and kissing, etc. are well drawn. It had just a couple moments of weirdness. There was a "the endless meal came to an end," but most of the writing was very engaging and the story fun and interesting. The character of the little girl was particularly believable and enjoyable.One thing that was odd was a throw-away line about a woman who thinks wheelchairs are hot. The man dismisses her as a "curiosity seeker." This seemed like a really strange description to me. As a woman who thinks wheelchair are hot, I've dated many men with SCI and know a lot more about it than your average person. Curious is not the word that would describe me and if the woman's friend knew about her interest, then I can't imagine she was an in-the-closet dev. However, she was never a character, so no need to dwell on that! The love story itself is sweet and enjoyable and if you like straightforward romances, this is the book for you.
I won a print copy of the first edition of this book from the author as part of The Romance Reviews 6th Anniversary Celebration, and the following is my honest opinion.Fate as a unique way of bringing two individuals, where the female protagonist still devastated from the husband’s death over three years ago and in no rush to love again meets her unexpected knight in shining armor who has sworn never to fall in love again.Lily Livingston is that woman in this book, and as any working single Mom knows; it’s hard enough trying to find time for both her career and being a mother to her young six-year-old daughter, Claire, child without trying to find the time to make her family whole again. There’s no time to even begin looking for a guy she can fall in love with to give her the HEA she desires. On the other side, we’ve got Gideon Stone, a great guy whose only drawback is his being wheelchair bound; a guy most women, including Lily, would consider to be damaged goods and the last individual who would be able to fulfill her desire of having a HEA. Yet, a chance business agreement find these two individuals being brought together.It is through this partnership that these two individuals learn to work as a team to beat the hurdles which are being thrown in front of them; and it’s through this realization that neither one can succeed on their own that they apply this knowledge to the own personal lives. Gideon, having been hurt when his girlfriend ups and left him after his accident, loses the faith he once had in himself and his heart, fearing he could never again satisfy the needs of a woman. Luckily, Lily sees the possibilities in being with him, and the possible HEA of being in his arms; which Gideon begins to realize himself.With the sizeable reduction in the number of pages in this book’s latest edition, I envision the issues I’d found in this first edition being eliminated, which will result in an enjoyable reading experiencing involving human nature, and the need to open one’s heart to the renewed possibility of faith and being able to receive and give love. In the end, with all things considered, I’m giving this revised debut endeavor by Ms. Wilck 5 STARS.
I spent a good deal of time while reading this book thinking 'this is really abrupt'. I was nearly at the end when I realized why "abrupt" was the word that came to mind throughout... the author spent much of the time telling this story, not showing it. The storyline had a great deal of potential and was engaging, but I had trouble really connecting with the characters as they never really had a strong voice. I was also distracted by the flipping between common, everyday words (like 'gobbling a meal') and words that were oddly misplaced (melange) almost as though the author had trouble choosing one style of writing. Overall it's not a bad book, with a whole lot of potential to be a great book.
The sad part of this book is there was a good book buried in it. With editing and revision, it might have been a fun rea, but as is, it's a slog with no structure, annoying characters, and oodles of repetitive frustration.
This was a quick read. The characters were well developed, but I felt like the constant back and forth between them grew irksome. Their issues with each other and constant bickering didn't help matters. I liked the side characters better than some of the main characters.
I wanted to read a romance this Valentines Day weekend and chose this one. I was not disappointed. I actually didn't put it down until it was finished and will be looking forward to another book by the author when I need a relaxing getaway from the everyday.
Excellent, fast-paced read and beautifully written. I can't wait to read Jennifer's next book!