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Rachel and Noel's story is an interesting one. It is a story where love conquers all. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It is the story of the love between father and daughter;, the love between a little girl and a woman she initially admirers from a blues band; the love of music; and the love in families of all types.
This is a beautiful, and at times haunting, novel. It is engrossing and arresting. It is a story of perfectly flawed characters who are tough yet vulnerable. It is a novel I highly recommend.
Like the notes in a symphony, Maggie Jaimeson's Healing Notes draws the reader in and never lets go. With well developed characters, good dialogue and a well paced plot, Ms. Jaimeson tackles broken hearts, broken spirits and violence against women in a way which is as gripping as it is empowering. While the subject of violence against women isn't easy to discuss, in or out of fiction, it's a relevant topic which is often overlooked in the world of romance. Kudos to Ms. Jamieson for tackling a difficult subject.
A year after a violent attack, violinist Rachel Cullen, is struggling to survive everyday life. Determined to move past what she's lost, Rachel finds herself looking forward to reconnecting with the members of her band, Sweet Canyon, and going on tour. Falling in love with a sweet little girl, and her gorgeous father, at their first concert wasn't a part of her plan. While she's attracted to the idea of a family, Rachel doesn't know if she will ever be able to deal with sex in a relationship. Or if there's any man on earth who would be willing to deal with her emotional baggage. Ms. Jaimeson did a wonderful job with Rachel's character; musically talented, Rachel is emotionally fragile, angry and hurt over what she's lost in the last year. With help from a counselor, she's managed to survive but wants more. As the story progresses we get to see Rachel regain parts of who she was, while at the same time realizing her desires have changed.
Now a single father, Noel Kershaw is raising Claire, his young daughter, and teaching at the local high school. When he and Claire meet Rachel at a local concert, he's attracted to her but senses her emotional fragility and sees her as a woman with too much baggage. Determined to be smarter the second time around, Noel wasn't counting on his daughter's decision to learn how to play violin or on his daughter's growing attachment to a stranger. Ms. Jaimeson lets us see into Noel's past and his current fears - it's totally understandable why he wants to protect Claire after everything they've already gone through. While he's fair, he's also being very careful about what he lets into their lives. Allowing Rachel into their lives might be more than he can handle, even on temporary terms.
The scenes with Rachel and Noel are well written and their chemistry is obvious from the start. While the scenes with them together, it's their emotional frailty which really drew me in. They both hurt so much and needed each other but their fear and past pain almost kept them apart. The scenes with them and Claire are sweet and just reinforced the fact they belonged together as a family.
The secondary characters, from the members of Sweet Canyon, to Noel's family, help add color and emotional depth. I really enjoyed Kat, the youngest member of Sweet Canyon, who's first sexual experience is nothing like what she expected. It was great to see Rachel help her along, as she'd been helped. My favorite secondary character is of course Claire, Noel's daughter, who's smart, talented and a fantastic judge of character. She rapidly falls in love with Rachel and recognizes she's the missing part their family needs.
Will Rachel and Noel be able to get beyond the hurt and betrayal which has taken place in their lives? Will Sweet Canyon continue be able to survive all the changes the future is going to bring with their success? You'll have to read Healing Notes to find out. I can't wait to see whose story Ms. Jaimeson will write next.