The Trail of Lost Hearts

Posted March 26, 2024 by Carole in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Trail of Lost HeartsThe Trail of Lost Hearts by Tracey Garvis Graves
Narrator: Eric Meyers, Kate Handford
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on March 26, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Women
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes
Pages: 304
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Thirty-four-year-old Wren Waters believes that if you pay attention, the universe will send you exactly what you need. But her worldview shatters when the universe delivers two life-altering blows she didn’t see coming, and all she wants to do is put the whole heartbreaking mess behind her. No one is more surprised than Wren when she discovers that geocaching—the outdoor activity of using GPS to look for hidden objects—is the only thing getting her out of bed and out of her head. She decides that a weeklong solo quest geocaching in Oregon is exactly what she needs to take back control of her life.

Enter Marshall Hendricks, a psychologist searching for distraction as he struggles with a life-altering blow of his own. Though Wren initially rebuffs Marshall’s attempt at hiker small talk, she’s beyond grateful when he rescues her from a horrifying encounter farther down the trail. In the interest of safety, Marshall suggests partnering up to look for additional caches. Wren’s no longer quite so trusting of the universe—or men in general—but her inner circle might argue that a smart, charismatic psychologist isn’t the worst thing the universe could place in her path.

What begins as a platonic road trip gradually blossoms into something deeper, and the more Wren learns about Marshall, the more she wants to know. Now all she can do is hope that the universe gets it right this time.

I loved this book! I have had such good luck with everything I have read from Tracey Garvis Graves so far and this book was no exception. Wren and Marshall were absolutely perfect together and my heart broke for how much they had both gone through. The story had a few surprises which kept things very interesting and I found the book almost impossible to put down at times.

Wren has been going through a very tough time after a couple of devastating things happened in her life. She finds that geocaching is one thing that she can do to feel like a real person again and decides to take a geocaching vacation to Oregon, where she meets Marshall. Marshall has had his own tragedies to deal with but doesn’t hesitate to step in when he finds Wren needing some help. The two decide to pair up to find more caches and find more than they were looking for.

Wren and Marshall had fantastic chemistry together and I thought they were good for each other. I loved the growth that we see in both of their characters throughout this story, and I appreciated the fact that these changes don’t occur overnight. The story did keep me guessing and took some turns that shocked me along with the characters. I just wanted to see good things happen for both characters and hoped they would find their path together.

Eric Meyers and Kate Handford did an amazing job with this story. I haven’t listened to much of either narrator’s work but I felt like they were the perfect choice to voice this story. I feel like they were both able to capture the essence of these characters through their narration. They both had very pleasant voices which complimented each other’s very well. I believe their performances added to my overall enjoyment of this story.

I would highly recommend this book to others. I quickly fell in love with this pair of characters and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out for them. I love that the story took some unexpected turns which showed the strength of the characters. I hope to read more of this author’s work very soon.

I received a review copy of this book from Macmillan Audio and St. Martin’s Press.

6 responses to “The Trail of Lost Hearts

  1. I’ve seen such great reviews for this one and I think I would absolutely love it! I need to add this book and this author to my TBR.