Sunday, October 8, 2023

The Trail of Lost Hearts by Tracey Garvis Graves


Title: The Trail of Lost Hearts
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 26, 2024

New York Times bestselling author Tracey Garvis Graves takes readers on a life affirming journey, where two lost souls find the unexpected courage to love again.

Thirty-four-year-old Wren Waters believes that if you pay attention, the universe will send you exactly what you need. But her worldview shatters when the universe delivers two life-altering blows she didn’t see coming, and all she wants to do is put the whole heartbreaking mess behind her. No one is more surprised than Wren when she discovers that geocaching―the outdoor activity of using GPS to look for hidden objects―is the only thing getting her out of bed and out of her head. She decides that a weeklong solo quest geocaching in Oregon is exactly what she needs to take back control of her life.

Enter Marshall Hendricks, a psychologist searching for distraction as he struggles with a life-altering blow of his own. Though Wren initially rebuffs Marshall’s attempt at hiker small talk, she’s beyond grateful when he rescues her from a horrifying encounter farther down the trail. In the interest of safety, Marshall suggests partnering up to look for additional caches. Wren’s no longer quite so trusting of the universe―or men in general―but her inner circle might argue that a smart, charismatic psychologist isn’t the worst thing the universe could place in her path.

What begins as a platonic road trip gradually blossoms into something deeper, and the more Wren learns about Marshall, the more she wants to know. Now all she can do is hope that the universe gets it right this time.

What a heart-cache!

Wren Waters is 34. She is a social media expert who works from home. Recently, she has suffered two significant losses. She is down and depressed until she finds out about Geocaching. This outdoor activity is the only thing getting her out of her bed and her thoughts.

Wren decides to embark on geocaching on a hike trail in Oregon away from her friends and everyone who knows her.

Marshall Hendricks is a psychologist. He meets Wren on the trail, realizes she is after a cache, and offers to find it together. After Wren turns him down, they meet again when he helps her out of a dangerous situation.

He proposes to continue their geocaching journey together; this time, Wren is in.

What starts as strangers develops into friendship and then into something more but are they both ready to move on?

A book by Tracey Garvis Graves is always a sure thing. At least for me, it is.

This was a delightful read with multiple tear-jerking moments. Both Wren and Marshall went on a journey with their anger, guilt, and grief and came out better. As time passed, I loved how an open communication developed between them. In my eyes, they both grew as a person, building a strong foundation that is needed for a true long-lasting relationship.

This was a buddy-read with Jayme. Check out her amazing review. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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