After her husband of fifteen years comes out of the closet, a blindsided, forty-year-old Amanda Lewis is forced to salvage what remains of her shattered heart and navigate a new life for herself and her teenage daughter. But will a sizzling secret romance with a famous young NFL quarterback lead her to winning the life she deserves or set her up for her biggest loss yet?
As she embarks on the journey of rebuilding her home, Amanda discovers that finding forgiveness and repairing her damaged self-worth are her biggest challenges of all. While searching her soul–and even searching inside her city's history–she finds answers. But will answers come too late and can a broken heart ever be truly fixed?
"Renaissance of the Heart is a light-hearted yet soul-filling story of what true love looks like"
- review from Amazon "This is the best book I have read in years! Lori Jones is an amazing author and needs to get more books out there! It's so hard to put this book down!"
- review from Amazon "This is a great book and you can't wait to get to the next chapter! The author draws you in right away with this story. The characters are amazing!"
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What would be your reaction, if after fifteen years of marriage your husband suddenly leaves you for a man? Personally, I would feel betrayed and hurt; as such, it was easy to understand how Amanda Lewis felt when her husband dropped this BOMBSHELL.
How does one move past, such a betrayal? Renaissance of the Heart provides the answer to this question and more.
Renaissance of the Heart is a story that reaches into your soul. It engages all your emotions from the outset. It will make you laugh, cry and scream as you follow Amanda on her journey of heartbreak, betrayal, despair and rebirth.
Her struggles with her insecurities and putting the past behind her are gut wrenching. This is something that most readers can relate to. It is easy to understand her insecurities as it relates to her romance with Bradley, who is twelve years her junior. However, there was a point where I thought she needed to cease from allowing her ex-husband’s actions to prevent her from moving on with her life. I believed that not only was she allowing the hurt, pain and negativity of the past to blight her future with Bradley, she also allowed societal norms to dictate whom she should be with.
What I love most about this story is seeing an Amanda move from a point where she felt she has no self-worth to a point where she realized she is deserving of love. In doing this she is able to have the future she deserves.
The ending is not as easy to predict. All we can hope is that there will be a happy ending. I must admit I did cheat to as I flipped to the end as I could not wait to know how the story would end.
What I learnt from this story is that we should not allow society to dictate our choices as this can lead to us missing out on great opportunities.
This is a wonderful read and I am looking forward to more of this author’s work.
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Lori M. Jones is an author of women's & children's fiction. She released her first children's book, RILEY'S HEART MACHINE, in the fall of 2012 through Guardian Angel Publishing and her second children's book, CONFETTI THE CROC, in 2014. Her debut novel, RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2014. Her flash fiction pieces have placed in several contests and both novels have received awards in first chapter contests.
Lori resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, two young daughters and Disco the dog. Her youngest daughter's heart defect was the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine. Lori is currently on the national
Board of Directors for the Children's Heart Foundation and the president of Pennsylvania Chapter. She travels to schools and libraries delivering talks about the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine and how we can all embrace what makes us special. Lori enjoys rooting for her Pittsburgh sports teams and participating in 5K runs.
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