Title: A Healing Heart
Author: Melissa A. Hanson
Publisher: Melissa A. Hanson
Release Date: February 2012
4 Stars: I Really Liked It
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.
This book was so great! I love when a book opens my heart and emotions. Bailey had suffered so much in her young life. She was the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her parents and two siblings. I couldn’t imagine that! The author explores all those emotions involved in that healing process. Bailey goes to live with her aunt and uncle who’s two kids are off to college. Obviously Bailey had some difficult moments, but babysitting little Riley was the sunshine in her life.
The Point of View switched from Bailey to Collin. A few times one particular side character/ villain narrated which was interesting. Sometimes there was too much irrelevant details like what they ordered on the menu that slowed down the story. But the story was so beautiful that it didn’t bother me too much.
This was the sweetest love story! A Healing Heart will pull at your heart strings.
Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: very mild ( d***-5 )
I received the book from Melissa A. Hanson. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.
Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction