REVIEW: First In My Heart by Rachel Blanchard!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hey everyone! Today I'm privileged to share a review of First In My Heart by Rachel Blanchard! This is a sweet contemporary Christian romance that has some solid themes and relatable characters. If you're looking for some sweet reads to add to your Valentine's Day TBR, this one's it! 



A thousand miles away from all she’s ever known, can Ava’s heart finally find a home?

Ava Keller is a recent graduate who traveled from her small hometown in Eastern Iowa to sunny Florida in the hopes of starting a teaching career. She finds the members of the local community to be more than welcoming—all except Pete Harrison.

Pete had been getting along just fine until Ava came along, creating another opportunity for his “well-meaning” family members to marry him off. He’s seen enough change in his life to know that nothing good can ever last. But Ava keeps showing up again and again, and in time, he finds himself wanting to help her succeed.

Can Pete open up to the possibility of love? Or will the uncertainty of Ava’s future send her back to her family? Both must rely on God to show them the way, and to remind them what is truly important.



Rachel Blanchard is a teacher, wife, and mother of two young children. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri before moving to Central Florida. She is passionate about sharing lessons learned, and the message that we can trust in God’s goodness.


This is a great, clean Christian romance, which drives home the theme of finding love where you’d least expect it. Not to mention following God when we're living in uncertainty. While it took me a little while to warm up to the male love interest, he did become endearing with his concern and selflessness toward Ava. The characters are easy to empathize with and Blanchard’s prose is fresh and fun to read. I look forward to reading more from the author! Five of five stars. 

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