Monday, February 27, 2012

A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson

Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Author
Format: E-book
Published: 2/14/12
Publisher: Self-Published by Author
Pages: 270

Summary: On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident. Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night. Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost. Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin. Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life. One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living. As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her new found happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet again. Outside forces begin to tear them apart and Bailey must learn to trust in herself and realize that she is worthy of happiness. That sometimes love and healing comes in unexpected forms.

The Book In 3 Words: Beautiful, Inspiring, Breathtaking

Rad Review: I was super lucky to have Melissa herself ask me to review this book for her. She sent me an e-book copy and I read it on my Mac in a day. This is one of those books that just impacts you. The Make-You-All-Tingly-Inside books. The themes of this book were healing and redemption in a way and I think it was beautifully portrayed. 

The things that Bailey had to heal from were so sad and just crushing it made the book more what it was. I loved reading about the relationship and connection that Collin and Bailey formed and had. To me it almost felt a little to fast but it was just breathtaking all the same. When she shared the story at times from Collin's POV (and another character who shall not be mentioned), it drove the story home. It gave a bother layer that added to the incredibleness of the tale. I delved into both sides of the healing and growing for Collin and Bailey. 

One thing that I just have to say I loved was Collin's devotion to Lacey. Having quite a few younger siblings I find that books that have that kind of a family bond are just beautiful to me. I've only read one other book where the boy was so devoted to his little sister. Little Riley and Lacey did add just sweet and precious moments. 

I'm so glad I  had the opportunity to read this incredible novel. Thank you so much Melissa for the gift! 

Content: Mild
(a few instances of the D*** word, Savannah tries to get Collin to like her and wears clothes that are showy (bikini, short revealing clothes))

Melissa self-published this  book, but you can get it on Amazon as a Paperback or a Kindle E-book. 
Keep and eye out for an interview with Melissa on the blog soon! 

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