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 newfound 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.
A Healing Heart, is a story about first love, life’s unexpected tragedies, and the miracles that make it possible to move forward.
I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
First of all I have to say that stories like this make me so sad. Having 3 younger siblings I don’t know what I would do if I lost them. Second, when it happens to someone so young it just takes a special person that understands your heartbreak on one level or another to make you live again. And that is exactly what happened in this story. I have not read YA in a very long time, and truthfully it is because I have had a very hard time getting back into that genre after having been reading New Adult for a very long time. But with this book I just wanted to keep reading to figure out how their story would end. Bailey met Collin at the perfect time and they complemented each other. Their relationship felt so real. And the fact that both took care of little kids, Bailey being a babysitter and Collin taking care of his younger sister, really made me admire them. They would do anything for those kids and I know I can relate to them in that. They were very mature for their age, which a lot of people don’t give teenagers that credit. Just in general this book was really touching and the overall message I got from it is that you do not need a guy or a girl to make you happy. They are just there to help you find your own strength and support you, to make you realize you have always been strong and that they will be there with you to work things out.
Thank You Melissa for sending me this amazing story and I am really looking forward to reading A healing Spirit.