Title: A Healing Heart
Authors: Melissa A. Hanson
Publication Date: July 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 270
“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.”
Girl bumped to this total hottie, guy seemed to be a snubbish one (but is not). Suddenly the girl can’t get the guy out of her mind, cliché.
Bailey just lost her family, and Collin. Well Collin is with his dad and younger sister. His mom left them. One day, Bailey just felt really comfortable opening up to him. Twists and turns came, a girl from Collin’s past tried to tear them apart. They remained strong, and survived.
The story was told in multiple point of views. Collin’s, Bailey’s, Savannah’s. It’s a huge help because it made the reader gather more information about them, having read the character’s POV made things easier to understand. It gave us more knowledge on each side, more thoughts. Made the story easier to dwell in to.
Bailey and Collin’s romance is the typical, cliche one. I hate insta-love in stories but this one’s cute! It didn’t make me feel all the feels I’ve been anticipating to have. It’s not dull, but it’s not romantic either. It’s was just okay. Maybe it’s because both of them seemed perfect, and sometimes perfect is boring. They can easily get over their arguments, which is good, but I expected more twists, more complications in their relationship.
I loved how MAH wrote too many details about Collin, Bailey, Lacey and Riley’s trip to Disneyland! It’s as if I was there too! And I’ve always wanted to go to that place, I think I just explored it.
I also want to mention the lack of sentiment in the character dialogues it was kind of blunt, like it’s forced and that’s kind of awkward.
The book failed to make me feel a lot of emotions but it did gave me a lot of lessons.
Though the story line is common, and it was fast-paced, I must admit that Melissa has a very exquisite writing style! Really! Because if it wasn’t for her writing style I wouldn’t have to finish the book.
A 3.5-star for this one because everything about A Healing Heart was okay. I hope that the second book on the Riverview series will be better! It’ll be my next read!