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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.

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A Healing Heart

This was such an adorable book! I’ve been needing a cute romance for a while now, and this was perfect. Like all romances, it was a bit predictable. But still, very sweet.

Let’s start with what I loved; the relationship between Collin and Bailey. They’re teenagers, and for once, they acted like teenagers. I’m so sick of young adult books telling romances like we’re old enough to get married. This was so real. Yes, they did say they loved each other. Except they did it after they’d been dating for a while, and they acted like they loved each other. They did their best to spend every possible second with each other, trying to get around school and work schedules. They went on adorable dates, including one to Disneyland, which is one of the best romance scenes I’ve ever read of anything. I wanted to be on that date! Most importantly, they did. Not. Have. Sex. I repeat – they were in love, as teenagers, and didn’t have sex. When was the last time you read a book like that? I love that they could have relationship that wasn’t about being physical. They had the sort of relationship I want, and as a teenager, that’s exactly what you should be thinking when you read a young adult romance. I want to keep going on and on about this, but I know I shouldn’t! Just trust me, it was perfect relationship-wise.

This book was far from perfect, though. Hanson tried to make it about more than just a romance, which is, of course, a good idea. Except none of the ideas were expanded very well. We had Collin in a car accident, Savannah, the family friend that was in love with him, and countless other little things. That’s all they were, though – little things. None of them were big enough to make a lasting impact on the book. They were just little bumps in the road, that were resolved in a few chapters. I would have really liked to see a big problem that lasted a while. I guess this did add to the reality of the relationship, and I do hate it when books exaggerate things that should be little problems. Maybe one overarching problem, and little bumps on top of that? I’m not sure how I would have done it, but I do know I wasn’t entirely happy with how it was done.

Would I recommend this book? A hundred times yes! If you like young adult books, go for it. For once, I’ve found a book that realistically shows what life for a teenager is like

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you think you want to read it now?



I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

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