Jul 3, 2012

Review: A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson

A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
My copy: provided by the author
Released date: February 14, 2012
Synopsis from goodreads
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.
My thoughts

I am a sucker for good YA, I usually find myself reading YA with fluff and paranormal theme. A Healing Heart was a great change to that stereotypical reading.

What attracted me most to the book was the word building, and Melissa did a great job bringing her characters to life. Making them so believable. I simply adored reading about Collin and Bailey, my only complain is the story ended to soon.

What I struggled with was, sometimes character would go on a bit longer than necessary with their own monologue, making it hard to stay focused. Other than that it was a pretty solid.

If you are looking for a quick, well put together YA romance, A Healing Heart is worth a shot.

About the author

Melissa A. Hanson lives in Southern California, with her husband Eric and two sons, Cody & Cole. She attended Cal Poly Pomona and obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree while working and starting her family. Aside from working as a professional architect, she is a scrapbooker and avid reader. “A Healing Heart” is her first completed novel.
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