Title and Author: A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson
Publisher: Melissa Hanson
Publication Date: February 14th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
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
I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and this turned out be a rather sweet read.
After losing her family in a car accident Bailey is forced to move on and try to deal with the pain of losing her loved ones. Babysitting two year-old Riley is the only thing that actually makes her happy and feel alive.
One day when she takes Riley to the park, Bailey meets a boy named Colin who has his own issues to deal with and slowly helps Bailey realize her life is worth living.
The story is switches back and forth between Bailey and Colin, allowing the reader to get both sides of the stories.
There are so emotional moments in this book that kept me interested and made me feel for the characters who, can be innocent but still have to carry a lot of weight on their shoulders.
I liked the characters in this book. They are very relatable and it’s easy to want things to work out for them. There’s some great character growth in this book as Bailey becomes a stronger woman and Colin realizes that, sometimes, loving someone means having to make hard decisions.
I think the way the relationship between Bailey and Colin developed was very well-written. This is a book about growing up and learning how to move on.
All in all, Healing My Heart is a sweet and clean romance with a few little twists and sweet moments. If you like a clean YA romance, I think you can definitely enjoy this book.
Rating: Somewhere between Readable and Worth Your Time (3 ½ Stars)