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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson is much more than a typical high school, teenager-themed romance novel. The book introduces readers to the realistic scenarios of love, friendship, loss, happiness, and hardship. Bailey endured a horrific accident, leading to the death of her entire family. No teenager should ever have to experience such hardship. Bailey goes to live with her aunt Rachelle in Southern California, her mother's identical twin. Bailey has been with her aunt and uncle for 2 years and is still having nightmares, trouble sleeping, and often does not look healthy. Things begin to shift from bad to great when Collin comes into Bailey's life. Bailey believes Collin is the only reason for her strength, happiness, and will to go on in life as she begins to live a normal teenage life again. Then it all seems to be taken away from her at a high speed as she enters her Spring Break junior year which leads into her senior year of high school. Will Bailey survive the events that tear her life apart once again? Is it truly Collin that gives her the strength to go on?
Melissa A. Hanson skillfully entertains and captures the hearts of her readers right from the prologue as she sets the scene and mood for the story with a detailed description of a tragic accident. There are three main characters speaking throughout the book - Bailey, Collin, and Savannah. As you turn each page you will find the story unfolds as if the reader is reading a diary of the character or speaking directly to them at times. Through the dramatic jealous tendencies, love-struck hormones, and light romance, readers connect with each character by relating them with their own personal teenage life and experiences. The book was a great, light hearted, compassionate, and at times heartbreaking read. This book would be acceptable for readers from tweens (11+) age through adulthood to read and enjoy.