Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Healing Heart by Melissa A Hanson

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.

Reviewer: QueenBee
The story began alright but it becomes something more when we move further into the novel. The book surprised me, once I was comfortable read the story told from Bailey and Collins, the two main characters, perspectives and then bamm. We get another point of view as we get introduced to third character who will play an important part in this novel.

It's a clean cut YA romance book, so no hidden surprises or anything like that. It’s a sweet story and one that will tug at your heartstrings. Bailey for the last two years is still hurting in her dreams where she ponders over the day that changed her life. Collin is trying to keep to himself, not wanting to form many attachments. They meet and it’s the start of a beautiful relationship but it changes with the arrival of Savannah a childhood friend of Collin's.

I have to give this book four stars .The blur said that Bailey’s Aunt is identical to her sister Bailey’s mother but I didn’t see any description of her. We learn some of her quirks but I don’t remember Bailey describing or mentioning the fact. Oh and there two little kids who play an important part at the start of the book who are adorable and sweet and fit perfectly into this story. It's a great debut from this author and one not to miss.

Publisher: Self Published


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