About the Book
In the aftermath of tragic loss, worship leader Matt Lawson is grappling debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with, and his God-given musical talent have crumbled at his feet, leaving him reeling in despair, unable to face the wreckage of the life he’d envisioned for himself.
Tara Pierce is ready to put past hurts behind her as she prepares to graduate college and take a leap of faith in her career. When Matt’s grief causes him to isolate himself from everyone he knows, she refuses to stand idly by and do nothing. She has traversed similar terrain before. No one deserves to travel that road alone.
Unexpected attraction flares as Tara reaches into the sea of Matt’s grief and helps ground him in reality. But Matt’s not ready to give himself away again. Can Tara risk her heart and their friendship and let God step in to heal where she can’t?
In My Opinion
Sara Beth Williams gives readers another novel of second chances in Anchor My Heart while also delving into the difficult subjects of grief and anxiety.
Matt’s loss has left him in despair, unable and unmotivated to function. If not for his family and friends, he wouldn’t make it out of his room. But somehow Tara calms his anxiety, roots him to the present.
Williams examines the many layers of grief—how it paralyzes us one moment or hits us out of the blue another moment—with consideration and care. Matt’s anxiety is also handled in an honest portrayal.
I (mostly) appreciated how Tara and Matt took their time to define their relationship and how their friendship formed a firm foundation for more.
Fans of Williams’ previous novels will enjoy catching up with familiar characters as well as meeting a few new ones (but Anchor My Heart stands well on its own, as well). If you’re looking for a book with romance, friendship, and faith, this one is for you.
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