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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402224346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Well written and more than just a light beach read, this story will keep the reader wanting more." - Armchair Interviews

"Beth Cornelison builds a fascinating tale of a family trying to cope with the emotional upheaval caused by injury to someone they love." - The Romance Studio

"HEALING LUKE is a breath of fresh air for romance fans... a stirring novel and a five star read!" - Crave More Romance

"Healing Luke was an emotional read that captured my interest from the very first page and I did not want to put it down. " - Kathy's Review Corner

"Healing Luke was one of the most touching and sweet romances I have read in a long time and it is one I will return to." - Grace's Book Blog

"Healing Luke is just what the doctor ordered." - Cheryl's Book Nook

"I love a story that makes me think and makes me feel for the individuals. I love a story that makes me root for the characters to grow and change for the better. This novel delivers." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"Ms. Cornelison has written a multi-layered story of fear, passion, and risks. Her characters, the story, the romance itself are memorable with a captivating combination of tragedy, turbulent emotions, painful decisions, and searing tension. Healing Luke is a heart-felt, heart-breaking romance. " - Once Upon a Romance

"Great story line and an easy read." - My Thoughts... Your Thoughts

"What I love most about romance story is one that will make me sniffle and even cry, and then a happy ending that puts a smile on my face. Healing Luke is such a book." - This Book For Free

About the Author

Georgia native Beth Cornelison worked in public relations before pursuing her love of writing fiction. She has published five category romances, winning numerous honors for her work, including RWA's coveted Golden Heart. Cornelison is active in her local RWA chapter and presents writing workshops across the country. She lives in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Customer Reviews

The characters were fantastic.
JoviRomance84
She certainly left the end open for sequels, but wrapped up Luke and Abby's story up very nicely.
A. Jacobs
The author did her research quite well.
Czech in Colorado

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on August 23, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Abby is an occupational therapist. She was about to get married when she found her fiancé with another woman. Abby needed to get away for a little while. She decided to go on her honeymoon alone. Hey, why not when she isn't going to get a refund.

Luke and his brother Aaron used to compete for women. They were a pair of players, only thinking about one night stands. That was than and this is now. Luke was in an accident that left him without the sight of his right eye and scars. Luke is a changed man both physically and emotionally.

Luke's father, Bart and Aaron can't stand to see Luke mope around. When they learn Abby is an occupational therapist, they convince her to stay for a while and help Luke. Luke isn't the only one that needs healing. Can Luke and Abby help each other?

Healing Luke is just what the doctor ordered. Luke was a grumpy guy and someone I wouldn't want to hang around with but due to his situation, I could understand why and forgive him. Of course though it didn't hurt that Luke is good looking. Abby has the patience of a saint. The words Abby and Luke didn't speak were way hotter than the ones they did speak. Just a look or a touch can be sexy. I like that Luke started out liking the typical blond model type girls and by the end of middle of the book, he saw Abby for who she was...a smart, pretty, loving woman. Abby really grew into a butterfly.
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As a story of healing after tragedy, this book was so good. As Luke learned to adapt to his new limitations, he also grew closer to his brother and father.
As a romance, the book lacked. We do get a "happily ever after", but I really didn't love the heroine after all she put the hero through before finally giving him a bit of her heart. Still, a very good read and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

Luke's mother walked out on Luke, his big brother, and his father when Luke was only 8. When leaving she told Luke that there was nothing worth staying for. 20 years later, Luke still has trouble finding himself worthy of any woman's love. His good looks have always provided him with women willing to have one-night-stands, but Luke longs for something deep and meaningful. Now he has lost an eye and a thumb in an accident. He believes he will spend the rest of his life alone. His brother, Aaron, struggles with guilt over the accident that maimed Luke. His father walks on egg shells in an effort to spare Luke any further sorrow. When all seems hopeless, a miracle arrives in the petite form of a female physical therapist who won't allow Luke to give up on himself.

Over the weeks that follow, Luke struggles with the growing feelings he has for Abby. He believes she will never return his affection. Abby is too hurt from a past relationship to even consider making herself vulnerable to another man. The time they spend together provides healing to Luke's body and soul, but Abby believes that if she gives herself to Luke he will use her and break her heart. When she reaches a point where she can no longer deny him, Abby will leave for good. Better to get out before she loses her heart completely. Abby's rejection seems to prove Luke's worst fears...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever read a romance read that after it was over you find yourself slightly crying and disappointed that the story is over? This is how this story was for me. The author did a wonderful job of creating characters you care about, and a romance you find yourself cheering for them to come together and be a couple. She obviously did her research in the department of burns and handicaps when creating the story of Luke. He had all the torment and depression that goes with the after math of his handicaps since the explosions. Abby showed all the normal grieving and second guessing of herself after a horrible breakup with her fiance. I was cheering for this couple all throughout the book and was so sad to see it end.
There is not a lot of hot and horny sex in this book. There is maybe one scene of them actually making love, but this story didn't need it. The story gave us enough romance and at humor at times that I was glad the author didn't fill the book up with sex scenes.
Now I just hope that the author would plan on making a follow-up book for Luke's brother and father! She certainly left the end open for sequels, but wrapped up Luke and Abby's story up very nicely. Another great author and find!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on September 20, 2009
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Luke Morgan runs a snorkeling and fishing business with his brother Aaron and father Bart that caters to tourists. Both the Morgan brothers are ladies men and can have any woman who comes their way. But when Luke loses an eye and a thumb, and gets scars all over his body from a boating accident, he becomes a bitter recluse. His days of competing with his brother for women are over.

Abby Stanford comes to Florida on what was to be her honeymoon, until she catches her fiance in bed with another woman. She feels hurt and betrayed and decides after cancelling her wedding she will still go off to Florida to get away from it all. Perhaps a few days in the sun and relaxing on the beach will clear her head and keep her from wondering why she was so lacking in her former fiance's eye that he would turn to another woman for sex.

Abby is not the type to sit around and brood, so she will enjoy herself and take up some snorkeling. When she meets Luke, he is rude and cold to her. And when she meets Aaron, she finds him very attractive, much to Luke's dismay. Luke thinks that Abby will eventually succumb to Aaron's charms even though he finds her attractive. She will surely never even look at him twice.

Aaron and Bart think Abby is wonderful and ask her to help Luke with his injuries and therapy since Abby is an occupational therapist. She will stay on because she wants to help Luke even though he is very surly around her. Abby is used to working with patients who act like Luke, but she has never been attracted to them like she is to him. Luke continues to wallow in his self-pity even though he allows Abby to help him. Soon, he is falling for the beautiful young woman and wants more from her than just her professional hands on techniques.
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison worked in public relations until she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction. Since that time, she has published numerous romantic suspense books with Harlequin/Silhouette as well as single title books with Five Star Press, Sourcebooks, and Samhain Publishing. In December 2011, she released her first independently published contemporary romance for Kindle titled, TRUST IN ME.
She has won numerous honors for her work including the coveted RWA Golden Heart. Her books have been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards, the RWA Rita and her 2009 release, THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER, won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Series Romantic Suspense. Beth lives in Louisiana with her husband, one son, and a variety of cats who think they are people. She invites readers to visit her website at www.bethcornelison.com.


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