Author Heather McPhaul has crafted a charming coming of age tale in her debut novel about a family struggling to get by in rural West Texas in the 70s. Twelve-year-old Lindy Logan’s life is one long uphill struggle-she is a figure of ridicule at school and greatly overshadowed at home by her pretty kid sister, Jo. Lindy’s charismatic Momma has watched her own dreams of stardom turn to dust and struggles to adjust to a life of menial work and frugality. Then tragedy strikes and Momma and the girls are forced to re-examine their lives.
From Texas Columnist Glenn Dromgoole
This debut novel revolves around 12-year-old, soon to be 13, Lindy Logan who desperately seeks her mother's approval and love but never can quite figure out how to get it. A big part of the problem has to do with her 8-year-old sister, Jo, who is obviously Momma's favorite, even if Jo is so weird that she talks to her Fruit Loop People. McPhaul has penned a novel with characters who come to life on the page. I wouldn't be surprised some day to see Raggedy Ann Heart as a movie. It's that good, with a powerful storyline and plenty of drama and humor.
From TCM Reviews
A heartwarming novel by Heather McPhaul. It is the story of two sisters who do not get along but in the end they want the same thing, their mother’s love. Both 12-year-old Lindy and her little sister Jo’s worlds change the day their mother gets sick. To cope, the girls find hope and escapism in the classic movies which their mother loves.
Raggedy Ann Heart qualified as a finalist in Young Adult Fiction for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Indie Excellence Awards.