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Peek Inside His Ordinary Life

Barbara doesn’t know if her heart can take being broken again, but how can she not take a risk on the man she still loves, the man doing everything to save their son?

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When it seems like Del Calvert’s teenage son is somehow involved in a murder case, he’s thrown back together with his ex, Barbara. He’s ready to do whatever it takes to save his son and keep his family safe—and they are still a family. Being around Barbara again makes him realize how much he didn’t appreciate what he had when he had it.

Barbara Calvert is afraid to need anyone—especially the man who still holds her heart, whether he knows it or not. But with her son in a complicated situation that’s put their whole family in danger, she has no choice but to lean on Del and work together. Del wants a second chance, and while she doesn’t know if her heart can take being broken again, how can she not take a risk on the man she still loves?

Each book in the Hearts of the South series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Books in the series:
Book #1: Truth and Consequences
Book #2: His Ordinary Life
Book #3: Hold On to Me
Book #4: Anything But Mine
Book #5: Memories of Us
Book #6: Hearts Awakened
Book #7: Fall Into Me
Book #8: Facing It
Book #9: Uncovered
Book #10: Gone From Me
Book #11: All I Need


"Loved it. Will definitely recommend it to readers who like to read crime/suspense with a healthy dose of romance." --Geri Reads, Goodreads

"I also appreciated the way Ms. Winfree addressed the troubled teenager part of the story. It felt honest and believable, and the way the parents struggle to understand their son and not just chalk it up to “those teen years” was well done." --Uniquely Moi, Goodreads

"It was a very emotional read!" --BookLover, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633070
Series: Hearts of the South, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 310
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: marriage in trouble, overcoming odds, redemption, relationship in trouble, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Geri Reads December 13, 2013

4.5 stars!

I am loving this series! I can't believe it took me this long to start reading it.

His Ordinary Life is Linda Winfree's second book from her Heart of the South series. This book is the story about Del and Barbara Calvert. They married right out of high school after Barbara got pregnant. Th ...more

By UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish November 19, 2015

His Ordinary Life is the second book in the Hearts of the South series, and a pretty good installment. It's a second-chance romance which delves deeply into the importance of, and what it means to be, a family.

After almost 20 years of marriage, Del and Barbara Calvert are calling it quits. Their di ...more

By BookLover May 28, 2017

Originally read in 2013, re-read in 2016 in anticipation of new books in the series being released this year. (so excited!!!)

I enjoyed this even more the second time around. This book had less of a suspense aspect to it and instead dove into the failed marriage of Del and Barb. Lack of communication ...more

By Pamela(AllHoney) February 04, 2011

The second book in Linda Winfree's Hearts of the South series. Not a huge fan of the troubled marriage plot-line but I liked this one. Del and his wife, Barb, are in the process of getting a divorce when their son starts having some behavior problems. Del comes back to help out and finds his son in ...more

By Leslie August 04, 2016

Rating: B-

Second chance romances are not easy to pull off. The author must show why the couple broke up in the first place and why they should get back together. Sometimes the reason(s) for the breakup is the annoying "big misunderstanding" that could have been easily fixed if they had just talked. ...more

By Vee April 13, 2015

*4.25* I'm really, really liking this author. She manages to incorporate a very good secondary plot in the main one which is Del and Barbara finding their way back together. At first I thought Del was being selfish for leaving his family, but then it is later revealed that Barbara may be also at fa ...more

By Debbie October 26, 2016

I read this before but still good

Good story about a marriage in peril that turns out well. Very favorite trope of mine next to secret baby and really liked this one . It also has a mystery running through it and a surprise villian.

Couple gets married in teens and somehow slip apart. I really didn' ...more

By Lori August 16, 2010

Reread in 2010. I love the marriage in trouble trope. Winfree treats it with respect and has both characters accept responsibility and grow and learn. Something about her characters' emotions speaks to me. I always feel kicked in the gut when I read one of her books. Here, Del and Barbara aren't per ...more

By Radha June 15, 2019

A must read 💓💓💓💓💓
No Cheating
Not even emotional cheating...
It's about midlife crisis or how parents separation affects teenage children...
Parents has so much to loose ,it's better they think talk go for counseling before taking any step casually...
Del loved Barbara his wife dearly ,they have been mar ...more

By Laurel February 28, 2017

A good story. Enjoyable read! ...more

By Jenn November 02, 2013

2nd chance at love. ...more

By Rhian May 17, 2010

I love nothing better than series books and Linda's Hearts of the South series are a must have. ...more

By ms bookjunkie April 03, 2011

Liked this one even more than the first in the series. ...more

By Jane February 07, 2012

3.5 ...more

By Robin *loves sexy books* May 15, 2011

Great story. I loved Barbara and Del's relationship. I'm off to read the next one. ...more

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3.95 avg rating
Linda Winfree

About the author

Linda Winfree

How does an English teacher end up plotting murders? She uses her experiences as a cop's wife to become a writer of romantic suspense! Linda Winfree lives in a quintessential small Georgia town with her husband and grand-dog. By day, she teaches English/Language Arts and is an all-round education nerd; by night she pens sultry books full of murder and mayhem. To learn more about Linda and her books, visit or connect with her on Facebook at You can also contact Linda via email at [email protected]

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