Wake My Heart from Lydia Michaels
When Ryan Clooney moves to the outskirts of his small town, the last thing he expects to find is love. Cursed to always be single, he’s burned out on blind dates and pity “plus-ones”. He’s through waiting for “the One” to arrive. But once he meets Maggie – the beautiful, young widow next door – his plans change.
Maggie O’Malley is not looking for love. Since losing her husband, she has withdrawn from small-town life and prefers to be left alone. But her new neighbor doesn’t seem to understand personal privacy, and the more he intrudes in her solitary life, the more she remembers how wonderful friendship can be.
Determined to reach Maggie’s heart, Ryan has an awakening of his own and learns what love is all about.
Lydia Michaels is the author of over thirty-five novels and the consecutive winner of the 2018 & 2019 Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media, as well as the recipient of the 2014 Best Author Award from the Courier Times. She has been featured in USA Today, Romantic Times Magazine, Love & Lace, and more. As the host and founder of the East Coast Author Convention, the Behind the Keys Author Retreat, and Read Between the Wines, she continues to celebrate her growing love for readers and romance novels around the world.
Lydia is happily married to her childhood sweetheart. Some of her favorite things include the scent of paperback books, listening to her husband play piano, escaping to her coastal home at the Jersey Shore, cheap wine, 80’s pop culture, coffee, and kilts. She hopes to meet you soon at one of her many upcoming events.
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It’s been two years since Maggie’s husband Nash passed away and since then she has only been going through the motions and not really living. She has distanced herself from her friends and family until she meets her new neighbor, and he inspires feelings in her that she never expected to feel again but is she ready to let another man into her life?
There is nothing Ryan would like more than to find a woman to spend his life with however he hasn’t yet found anyone in their small town and is beginning to believe he is destined to be single. He remembers Maggie from high school, but she only had eyes for Nash. He is drawn to her in a way he never expected and is determined to be patient and understanding as he shows her that being with him doesn’t diminish what she shared with her husband.
Maggie and Ryan’s journey is at times heartbreaking and at times heartwarming as she must first heal from the past so that they can have the happiness they both deserve. The narrator conveyed not only the emotions of the story but the friendship and love that Maggie and Ryan shared as well.