Review – Sparing the Heart

Today I’m excited to share my review of the final installment of the Pastime Pursuits series written by Tracy Krimmer. Her novel Sparing the Heart was published today. Happy Release Day Tracy!! Read my review below and get yourself a copy of the novel. Don’t forget to check out the first two novels from the Pastime Pursuits series if you missed them. I’ve also included a link to enter Tracy’s release day giveaway, so make sure you enter before she picks a winner this Saturday!

Sparing the Heart by Tracy Krimmer

Sparing the HeartPublished: March 17, 2016

Book Blurb: Realtor and amateur bowler Kate Hayes is the ultimate fixer-upper at this stage in her life. Grieving the death of her father, she moves to a brand new town for a fresh frame. She quickly realizes, however, that location isn’t everything she’s always preached to her clients when she finds herself falling into the same bad habits. To break the cycle, she joins a local bowling league and meets handsome – but taken – meteorologist Kellan Valentine. Will their friendship lead to sunny skies or it is another forecast for disaster?

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads

My Review

Kate Hayes is a dedicated realtor that has recently decided to take up a childhood pastime despite the recent cloud of grief that she’s been walking around in after the loss of her parents. Her therapist suggested she find a non-work related hobby to fill her life with some fun and meaning and Kate decides to take the suggestion and run with it.

Kate decides to spread her wings because the last six months have been filled with nothing but work. With the suggestion of her therapist, she realizes that she needs to expand her horizons and do something more with her life than just be a workaholic. After forcing herself to step out of her comfort zone and try to make new friends, Kate is enjoying the new relationships she’s made and she enjoys rediscovering a passion that she had set aside during her time of grief.

The events that take place in this novel are a mixture of fun,  frustrating and downright hilarious! I loved that Kate used adult coloring books to de-stress and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of the relationships and friendships that blossomed and progressed throughout the story.

Do I even need to spell it out that l loved this novel?! Sparing the Heart left me with feelings of love and happiness and I can barely tell you how much I  loved Kate and Kellan’s story! It was a charming story about love and life and following your own path to make your own destiny. Sometimes you find friendship in the most unexpected places and sometimes love creeps in, no matter how hard you try to fight it.

I’m sad that this is the last novel in the pastime pursuits series, but I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up next from Tracy. Tracy’s writing is top-notch and I can’t wait to see what she whips up next! She definitely threw a strike by writing this novel!

5/5 Stars

I received an Advanced Review Copy for free from the author in exchange for sharing an honest review. Currently $2.99 on

Enter Tracy’s Release Day Giveaway

Ends March 19, 2016 – Head on over to Tracy’s website and enter the rafflecopter giveaway here:

About the Author – Tracy Krimmer

Author Links: Website | Newsletter Sign-Up | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

21BeJcsR3rL._UX250_Author Bio: Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.

Check out my review of Tracy’s other novels in the Pastime Pursuits series and a fun interview that Tracy participated in!

TKrimmer-CachingIn-Cover Caching In (Pastime Pursuits #1)

Links: My Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb: Can a compass lead you to love?

Broken-hearted Ally Couper has had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent.

Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part.

Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?

Jay WalkingJay Walking (Pastime Pursuits #2)

Links: My Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb: Chelsea Wyatt, a single mom trying to build a life for her and her son, is sick of the body she sees in the mirror. A daily diet of Cookie Crisp cereal is not doing wonders for her mood or her figure, and it’s time for a change. Setting out to get fit, she commits herself to a daily walking plan, forcing herself to give up her all-sugar and carb diet, a difficult task at her donut obsessed job.

But her plan goes sideways when a stumble on the ice puts her in the arms of Jay, an attractive young man out on a run. They grab coffee together, and Chelsea finds herself thinking about him long after their short meeting. The thought of dating again hadn’t crossed her mind in years, and she doesn’t even know if Jay is available, or if he would be interested in her despite her unfit body.

Just when she has a handle on her new routine, her past catches up with her, throwing her blossoming relationship with Jay and the rest of her life into chaos. Can Chelsea hold onto the people she loves most, or will a wrong turn set her up for failure?


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