ARC Review: The Key to My Heart

The Key to My Heart by Lia Louis
Publication date: 06 December 2022

The Key to My Heart is another poignant and heartwarming story from Lia Louis, who is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me. This time we meet Natalie, still grieving the loss of her husband Russ two years after his death. And she’s stuck. Stuck in her grief. Stuck with the fixer-upper cottage that her husband adored. Stuck with a life she never planned for. She’s not really living, she’s merely surviving.

As a musician without a current musical career (another side effect of Russ’s death), she finds some comfort in playing a piano for strangers in a train station. Then one day, sheet music mysteriously appears at the piano. A piece of music connected to Russ. And then it happens again. And again. And Natalie can’t think of anyone who could possibly know that these specific songs had meaning for her. Except for her husband. Her deceased husband. Did Russ somehow arrange this whole thing before he died? Is there something supernatural at play? How and why is this happening?

The Key to My Heart is a slow-burning, G-rated delight. Two men come into Natalie’s life as friends, each one leading her closer to reopening her heart. Strong female friendships support Natalie’s journey of self-discovery, something that the world needs more of. The big reveal of the music mystery is handled nicely. And the grand romantic gesture at the end? One of the best ever. I loved it so much I cried! Definitely recommend this one if you want all the feels.

Thank you to NetGalley and to Atria Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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