The Key to My Heart
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Romance
A heartwarming novel about hope after loss as a young widow receives mysterious messages of love from the “must-buy author” (Jodi Picoult) of Eight Perfect Hours.
Sparkly and charming Natalie Fincher has it all—a handsome new husband, a fixer-upper cottage of her dreams, and the opportunity to tour with the musical she’s spent years writing. But when her husband suddenly dies, all her hopes and dreams instantly disappear.
Two and a half years later, Natalie is still lost. She works, sleeps (well, as much as the sexually frustrated village foxes will allow), and sees friends just often enough to allay their worries, but her life is empty. And she can only bring herself to play music at a London train station’s public piano where she can be anonymous. She’s lost motivation, faith in love, in happiness…in everything.
But when someone begins to mysteriously leave the sheet music for her husband’s favorite songs at the station’s piano, Natalie begins to feel a sense of hope and excitement for the first time. As she investigates just who could be doing this, Natalie finds herself on an unexpected journey toward newfound love for herself, for life, and maybe, for a special someone.
A young widow discovers new love in this moving contemporary romance from Louis (Eight Perfect Hours). Songwriter Natalie Fincher stopped composing after the death of her husband, Russ, over two years before the start of the book. She's abandoned her craft and now barely makes an effort in her work at her parents' London shop. Her friends pressure her into chatting up a stranger, Tom, while out at a bar one night—and she's surprised to run into him again later at a train station where she occasionally still plays the communal piano. When Natalie discovers sheet music to Russ's favorite song in the piano bench, it feels like a sign, leaving her determined to track down whoever left it. This quest unexpectedly leads her back to Tom—and to the possibility of finding love again. But to make their relationship work, Natalie must navigate an emotional minefield of grief and guilt. The authenticity of Natalie's relationships buoys the dramatic story as her supportive friend group sticks by her through all the ups and downs. Fast-paced and intensely emotional, this tale of loss and love delivers the goods.
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
The Key to My Heart by Lia Louis is a heartwarming story about one woman’s journey to deal with her grief. I loved this book that followed her journey.
Natalie Fincher has it all until she doesn’t anymore. When her husband suddenly dies, all her hopes and dreams die with him. After two years, she’s still struggling with his death and barely finding time to visit with her friends. Now, the only music in her life is when she occasionally plays the piano in a London train station on her way home.
When she starts to find pieces of sheet music on the piano in the train station, she is immediately heartened as the music is all pieces that remind her of her husband and he is the only person who knows how special the music was to them. She begins to play with more enthusiasm as she starts to see light at the end of her dark tunnel. But who can be leaving the music for her? And why?
I’m a huge fan of Lia Louis and her latest book did not disappoint. I was quickly immersed in the story and I couldn’t wait to find out who left the music on the piano. Natalie has been stuck in her grief for a couple of years, and nothing seems to help her change until she finds the sheet music on the piano. There were a couple of suspects and I like how Natalie not only tried to find the person leaving the music, but also grew and began to understand that those around her were there to help.
This is a heartwarming story that tells a story of grief and friendship and taking a chance. Natalie has a wonderful group of friends who love her, but she has walls built around her to keep them out, and it isn’t until she can let them in and help her heal that she can live a full life.
I highly recommend The Key to My Heart to anyone who enjoys heartwarming fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Great Book Club Pick!
Are you looking for a well told and satisfying story that is sentimental?
After 2.5 years, Natalie Fincher is still grief stricken over the death of her husband Ross. Natalie is a young widow, which makes it worse. She feels that she should be not so consumed with his loss still. Natalie’s friends try to set her up, but with not much luck. Natalie finds solice in playing the piano at a London train station. Mysteriously someone keeps leaving meaningful sheet music for Natalie, which she finds healing. Could this be the one who understands her grief and can support her? Show her that she can start living her life again? Or will this person remain a mystery? This book will have you turning the pages to find out.
I love how this author writes a heartfelt and meaningful story while highlighting the real
struggles and grief of being a young widow. Its not a light hearted book as this author takes you on Natalie’s journey of grieving. But in the end, this book shows that with the support of friends, family, and music therapy, life can go on. A great book club book as it will lead to many good discussions.