Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick

Bless Her Heart

Laugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick's wonderful novel centers on one woman's journey from unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . . On the day Posey Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he's left he...

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  • Sally Kilpatrick

    In keeping with tradition, I mark this book as read on the day that I turn in my page proofs. I have read this book. And read it some more. Then I read it one more time--and that's after writing it. This is my tale of a preacher's wife who gives up church for Lent.

  • Belva

    Sally Kilpatrick has woven another enjoyable charming Southern tale. This one felt a little more serious to me than previous books that were just fun and filled with her sassy wit. Even though the author tackled some tough subjects, it is a wonderful book about second chances, one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Southern fiction. I'm already looking forward to her next one. My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.

  • Jencey/

    Thank you to Kensington Books and Sally Kilpatrick for a copy of Bless Her Heart. I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation.

    Posey has been married to Chad for ten years. All she really wants is a child. She has put up with some weird requests from Chad. One day she wakes up to find that he is gone with another woman. The house is gone and the car repossessed. What is Posey to do?

    Posey moves back in with her family. What to do about her life?

    Thank you to Kensington Books and Sally Kilpatrick for a copy of Bless Her Heart. I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation.

    Posey has been married to Chad for ten years. All she really wants is a child. She has put up with some weird requests from Chad. One day she wakes up to find that he is gone with another woman. The house is gone and the car repossessed. What is Posey to do?

    Posey moves back in with her family. What to do about her life? Now what to do about a job? She had worked for Chad in Love Ministries as a receptionist. Her little sister Lark has the answers. She thinks that Posey should explore the seven deadly sins. Does Posey feel these experiences are fun or have consequences? How will it impact the future?

    My Thoughts:

    I enjoyed Ms. Kilpatrick’s novel. I found Posey to be an entertaining character. She has lots of sass. Lark added a lot of entertainment value to Posey’s adventures. The author creates characters that are interesting. The conflict in this story had me rooting for Posey. When I first read the synopsis for the novel I thought the story had a different path. Ms. Kilpatrick writes with great wit. Her writing makes it a joy to turn the page.

    Bless her heart is an easy read! That readers will enjoy!

  • cupcakes and bookshelves

    Sad, funny, honest and hopeful Sally Kilpatrick's Bless Her Heart was a joy to read with characters and settings that felt so real and vivid even when I have no prior connection with the subject matter. Watching Posey's journey from what she hoped for, to what she got and how she dealt with it afterwards was such an adventure.

    *ARC kindly given by NetGallery in exchange for an honest review*

  • Michael

    Posey Love hates three little words. Every time someone says, "Bless your heart," Posey sees red.

    But who could blame her? Her life hasn't exactly turned out the way she pictured it would. After a decade of marriage, Posey hoped to be raising a child with her pastor husband. Still aching each month as she hopes for a positive instead of a negative indicator on a pregnancy test, Posey finds her world turned upside down when her husband absconds with another woman and leaves her with a repossessed

    Posey Love hates three little words. Every time someone says, "Bless your heart," Posey sees red.

    But who could blame her? Her life hasn't exactly turned out the way she pictured it would. After a decade of marriage, Posey hoped to be raising a child with her pastor husband. Still aching each month as she hopes for a positive instead of a negative indicator on a pregnancy test, Posey finds her world turned upside down when her husband absconds with another woman and leaves her with a repossessed car and a pile of outstanding debt.

    Moving back in with her mom, Posey decides that she'll "give up" going to church for the Lenten season and follow her younger sister's advice to experience each of the seven Deadly sins during those forty days.

    Delightful and authentic, Sally Kilpatrick's

    is another winning novel from one of my favorite authors. Posey's world and story is at times heartbreaking (finding out just how far her husband was going to ensure Posey never got a positive result on her pregnancy test when he knew it was breaking her heart each month), at times charming (Posey's flirting with the piano tuning John who she's had a crush on since high school) and at times completely uplifting (Posey's continued reconnection and understanding of her mother). Like real-life, the answer to Posey's problems isn't straight-forward nor is it always the easiest way.

    Told from Posey's unique point of view,

    offers hope and redemption for Posey without necessarily wrapping things up in a pretty bow by the time the last page is turned. Kilpatrick wisely avoids the "and she lived happily ever after" ending, leaving the door open for a return visit with Posey or a cameo in future novels. And while Posey (and readers) may not get every answer they want, the story provides enough answers and a sense of closure to this portion of Posey's journey to be completely satisfying.

    I'm probably starting to sound like a broken record here when it comes to the praise for Kilpatrick and her stories. Each story has grown more assured and confident and each one has a satisfying reading experience. The only issue I keep having is that the books seem to fly by and I find myself wanting more after that final page is turned. And while

    doesn't center around University of Tennessee football as her delightful

    does, this book still hit home in all the right spots.

    is another winner from Sally Kilpatrick. If you haven't picked up a story from her yet, this is a great entry point.

    Highly recommended.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I will also add that I knew Sally back in the day when we were students at the University of Tennessee together.

  • Betty

    Every Southerner knows what it means when someone

    , so it's no mystery why Posey Love hates hearing that phrase, especially after a lifetime of having her heart blessed by someone. But then, her life hasn't exactly turned out the way she'd planned, either. She thought she would be a teacher, married with a couple of kids. At 32, she was marrie

    Every Southerner knows what it means when someone

    , so it's no mystery why Posey Love hates hearing that phrase, especially after a lifetime of having her heart blessed by someone. But then, her life hasn't exactly turned out the way she'd planned, either. She thought she would be a teacher, married with a couple of kids. At 32, she was married, had no children, and is a receptionist at her husband's church, Love Ministries. She's content with her life—for the most part—and feels completely blindsided when she discovers that not only is Chad having an affair, he's also mismanaged their money and sold their home without telling her.

    With no money and nowhere else to go, Posey goes home to her mother, Lark, whose lifestyle and youthful escapades were the source of most of the "bless your heart" comments Posey received throughout her life. With the help of her younger sister and her best friend, she's able to clearly see her husband's true character, and how he manipulated and controlled her throughout their marriage. After years spent following all the rules imposed on her by Chad, Posey is feeling more than a little rebellious. She starts breaking rules for a change—working her way through each of the Seven Deadly Sins—and starts living the life she dreamed of... on

    terms this time.

    The title alone was enough to spark my interest, but when the blurb mentioned it had "just the right amount of Southern sass" I was sold. How could I resist that?

    Posey Love has earned a spot on my favorite characters list. She made me laugh so hard. I nearly died when she took a pole dancing lesson at the Pole Cat... SO funny! That scene is a treasure, trust me. The banter she had with her friend, Liza, always brought a smile to my face. I'm pretty fond of Liza, as well. I could completely relate to the moments when Liza is a sleep-deprived mess because her baby isn't sleeping through the night. New motherhood isn't always pretty, and I loved the realism of all those scenes.

    Another character I particularly liked was John. He definitely had flaws, but he was a good guy. I really enjoyed seeing how things unfolded between him and Posey, and I liked that it wasn't always easy. Whenever there was a conflict between them, it made sense to me that (things I won't mention) would be an issue for one of them. Chad, on the other hand, was a character I disliked him almost as soon as he appeared in the story. Later on, I came to despise him for something he did. I won't give away what it was, but he committed a particularly heinous betrayal against Posey that made me so mad, I had to take a moment and say a few choice words before I could go back to reading.

    I adored this book. All the characters (including several I didn't mention above) are incredibly well written and (with the exception of Chad) delightful in every way. Posey's growth as a character was outstanding, and I loved the way she was able to take charge of her life and do what was in her best interests, and not worrying what someone else would think about it. While the ending came a little too soon for me—I wasn't ready to let go of the characters yet—I loved the final line of the book.

    Kilpatrick's writing is superb throughout, creating a fabulous cast of characters that I won't soon forget. This is the first book of hers that I've read, but it won't be the last. She definitely has a new fan in me.

    Be sure to put this one on your TBR list, folks! Trust me when I say you do NOT want to miss out on this little gem—this book is most definitely a book worth reading.

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I want to thank Kensington Books and NetGalley providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

    Synopsis: Posey Love has been married to Chad for 10 years. She feels her marriage is what normal is even though her husband is a preacher and teaches that women should submit to their husbands in a severe way. She does everything her husband says from punishment and uncomfortable sex to waiting on him hand and foot. She works the receptionist desk for their c

    I want to thank Kensington Books and NetGalley providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

    Synopsis: Posey Love has been married to Chad for 10 years. She feels her marriage is what normal is even though her husband is a preacher and teaches that women should submit to their husbands in a severe way. She does everything her husband says from punishment and uncomfortable sex to waiting on him hand and foot. She works the receptionist desk for their church Love Ministries and is cut off from her life outside her husband. She lives a very unhappy life but is so numb to it all. She doesn't even realize the toxic marriage she has been in for the last decade but maybe she hides it because she desperately wants children. Posey Love lives day by day and just goes through the motions. That is how she survives.

    When everything seems to be going as its "supposed" to, Posey finds out her husband has ran off with another woman. She wakes up to her world falling apart and debt consuming her. She feels so overwhelmed by her world turning upside down and having to move back in with her mother that she decides to commit the Seven Deadly Sins to see if that will help her find herself. While living in a small southern town she has to deal with the statement she hates the most, "Bless your heart" at every turn.

    Posey is glad to have the support of her BFF Liza and her siblings. Moving back home means that she has to address the deep rooted issues with her mother. She also finds a great support in her high school crush but things are not all rosie for Posey. She has to find a job, deal with southern town drama, and Chad won't leave her alone. Will Posey be able to find and love herself again? Will Posey be in danger?

    Review: I give Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick 4 out of 5 southern comfort stars! I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed the characterization. I could relate to a lot of things in this book. I honestly was introduced to a what some would call a cult when I was younger and had no idea that is what it was until 6 months being a member. The church built me up and I felt this amazing love and passion. Then when 6 months hit I was given all these rules and if I did not obey them I would be punished and kicked out of the church. This messed up my spirituality big time. This was so hard for me because they took me in like the family I never had and it ended traumatically but that's not the point. I just felt because of this life experience I had I could especially relate to this book. I knew what the main character was going through with a lot of her feelings. I will warn some people who might not like a lot of christian references, this may not be the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of being southern and having to experience a lot of the circumstances that the characters went through. I could relate to 4 or 5 different characters. I really enjoyed this book and I'm pleased to have read it. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because I felt it was a little bit slow at times and a very small part I had a differing point of view. Overall I was happy I picked up this book.

  • Kathleen Gray

    What a terrific book! Posey needs to find her true self after years with her creep of a husband and denial about her family. Giving up church for Lent and a trip through the Seven Deadly Sins is a unconventional way to do that (and please don't find it offensive- it's very funny). She's not the only food character in this novel- her mom Lark and friend Liza are also totally believable, especially since they only have Posey's best interests at heart. There's a romance, of course, and I'll bet you

    What a terrific book! Posey needs to find her true self after years with her creep of a husband and denial about her family. Giving up church for Lent and a trip through the Seven Deadly Sins is a unconventional way to do that (and please don't find it offensive- it's very funny). She's not the only food character in this novel- her mom Lark and friend Liza are also totally believable, especially since they only have Posey's best interests at heart. There's a romance, of course, and I'll bet you enjoy how Posey deals with it. Thanks to Netgalley for what turned out to be one of my favorite reads this month.

  • Peebee

    Some will find the Christianity references in this book excessive -- I know that I did because the publisher's summary didn't really give a hint about them, except to refer to the protagonist's husband as born-again. When I started, I questioned whether I had missed that this book was really Christian chick-lit (which is its own genre) but apparently it isn't being sold that way. I was raised Baptist, so I could relate to much of it, but I can see that others of different faiths or no faith woul

    Some will find the Christianity references in this book excessive -- I know that I did because the publisher's summary didn't really give a hint about them, except to refer to the protagonist's husband as born-again. When I started, I questioned whether I had missed that this book was really Christian chick-lit (which is its own genre) but apparently it isn't being sold that way. I was raised Baptist, so I could relate to much of it, but I can see that others of different faiths or no faith would not. So now you know.

    As for the book itself, I liked it. I'm usually a fan of books where the woman finds herself and fights back against an abusive bully. Posey is a likeable character and transforms over the course of the book, and you want to root for her. I needed a lighter story after some of the heavy and depressing literary books I have been reading lately, and this fit the bill.

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karin Gillespie

    What happens when a saintly Southern belle decides to sample the seven deadly sins? That’s the amusing premise of the novel Bless Her Heart by Marietta author Sally Kilpatrick.

    Posey Love finds out that her born-again husband has been leaving his Bible on another woman’s bedside table, and her once-perfect life as a pastor’s wife is now a memory. Posey decides to patch up her battered heart by giving up church for Lent and going a little wild.

    She moves in with her hippie mom, flirts with a cute p

    What happens when a saintly Southern belle decides to sample the seven deadly sins? That’s the amusing premise of the novel Bless Her Heart by Marietta author Sally Kilpatrick.

    Posey Love finds out that her born-again husband has been leaving his Bible on another woman’s bedside table, and her once-perfect life as a pastor’s wife is now a memory. Posey decides to patch up her battered heart by giving up church for Lent and going a little wild.

    She moves in with her hippie mom, flirts with a cute piano tuner and finds a little piece of redemption through breaking the rules. Bless Her Heart is a lively yet thoughtful romp about a woman finding the meaning of goodness while behaving badly. A must-read for Southern fiction lovers.

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