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!" - review from Goodreads
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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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After 15 years of marriage, Amanda’s husband Derrick asks for a divorce and moves out. Amanda figures the only explanation is another woman. When he calls a week later to meet, she is told, to her horror, that it is not another woman, but another man. Derrick is finally being true to himself. Since they have a daughter to think about, Amanda tries to make it an amiable separation while waiting on the divorce to finalize. But Derrick just won’t let up on the verbal abuse that Amanda has withstood for so long. Then as fate would have it, into her life walks famous NFL quarterback Bradley Erickson, who is very much interested in her. Will Amanda be able to get past the twelve-year age difference and her low self-esteem to find true happiness? Only time will tell.
Amanda was such an over-analyzer, but she couldn’t help but be, with all the years of put-downs from her husband. It’s very difficult to come away from that unscathed. Being older than her, I can very much understand the insecurities she felt with her body and public judgments. I have to say though, if I was Amanda I would have shut out the voices in my head, thrown caution to the wind, and enjoyed the relationship with Eric with no regrets. I mean, how much better can it get?
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