The Key to My Heart: A Novel (Paperback)

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I really enjoyed this heartwarming story of a young widow who, through music and unexpected friendships, finds a way to heal and move forward in life after the loss of her husband. Two and half years after her husband's accident, Natalie Fincher is going through the motions of life, in a fog. Her friends try desperately to get the "old Natalie" to resurface, to no avail. Then, one day, she sits down at the train station piano, and begins to play. This becomes a part of her daily routine and, not long after, some sheet music is left - for her. She feels a spark and glimmer of hope as she attempts to discover who is leaving the music, and in that pursuit, also rediscovers who she is as she moves forward in her grief journey. This a beautiful story of the healing power of music, friendships-both old and new, and the hope found in opening one's self up to new possibilities, in spite of the circumstances.
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle

— From Readers Circle Recommendations


A Goodreads Most Anticipated Romance

A heartwarming novel about hope after loss as a young widow receives mysterious messages of love from the “must-buy author” (Jodi Picoult) of Eight Perfect Hours.

Sparkly and charming Natalie Fincher has it all—a handsome new husband, a fixer-upper cottage of her dreams, and the opportunity to tour with the musical she’s spent years writing. But when her husband suddenly dies, all her hopes and dreams instantly disappear.

Two and a half years later, Natalie is still lost. She works, sleeps (well, as much as the sexually frustrated village foxes will allow), and sees friends just often enough to allay their worries, but her life is empty. And she can only bring herself to play music at a London train station’s public piano where she can be anonymous. She’s lost motivation, faith in love, in happiness…in everything.

But when someone begins to mysteriously leave the sheet music for her husband’s favorite songs at the station’s piano, Natalie begins to feel a sense of hope and excitement for the first time. As she investigates just who could be doing this, Natalie finds herself on an unexpected journey toward newfound love for herself, for life, and maybe, for a special someone.

About the Author

Lia Louis lives in the United Kingdom with her partner and three young children. Before raising a family, she worked as a freelance copywriter and proofreader. She was the 2015 winner of Elle magazine’s annual writing competition and has been a contributor for Bloomsbury’s Writers and Artists blog for aspiring writers. She is the author of Somewhere Close to HappyDear Emmie Blue, Eight Perfect Hours, and The Key to My Heart.

Praise For…

"THE KEY TO MY HEART is a simply beautiful book. A Lia Louis novel always leaves me feeling warm and uplifted, and this is her best one yet."
— Beth O'Leary, internationally bestselling author of THE NO-SHOW

"THE KEY TO MY HEART is a warm, relatable journey through the bogs of grief to living life again."
— Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author of PART OF YOUR WORLD

“The SWEETEST, most romantic book. It was a PURE DELIGHT to read.”
— Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of AGAIN, RACHEL

"This is a STUNNER of a book. Such a beautiful story that filled my heart up to the brim. Loved, loved, loved THE KEY TO MY HEART."
— Jessica Ryn, author of THE IMPERFECT ART OF CARING 

"Incredibly tender and heartwarming. Down-to-earth characters who made me laugh out loud, and Natalie has my heart."
— Anstey Harris, author of WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU


"Gloriously romantic and very funny, this delightful book is not to be missed."
— Louise O’Neill, author of THE SURFACE BREAKS

"I loved THE KEY TO MY HEART: moving, wise, and funny. Lia Louis is rom com note perfect."
— Gillian McAllister, internationally bestselling author of THAT NIGHT

"Heartwarming, hope-filled and hilarious, THE KEY TO MY HEART is wonderful. I loved this tender story about opening your heart and letting love into your life. Reading a Lia Louis book is like hanging out with your very best friend and drinking a whipped cream hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, pure joy."
— Lindsey Kelk, internationally bestselling author of THE CHRISTMAS WISH

"THE KEY TO MY HEART is a poignant, life-affirming novel that sparkles throughout with Lia Louis' trademark humor and charm. A moving exploration of love, loss and learning to let go, Natalie's story will warm your heart and leave a smile on your face long after you turn the final page."
— Holly Miller, Author of THE SIGHT OF YOU

"A charming, laugh-out-loud funny novel about navigating loss and learning how to move forward. THE KEY TO MY HEART is a warm hug in book form."
— Shauna Robinson, author of MUST LOVE BOOKS

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668001264
ISBN-10: 1668001268
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: December 6th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English