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The Heart Between Us: Two Sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List Paperback – March 13, 2018
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About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com.
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What an amazing story!!! This book has all the components to make it an incredible contemporary women’s fiction/romance novel. The author combines lyrical, fluid writing with a fantastic and fast-moving plot; memorable and ever-so-real characters; heart-wrenching raw emotions; head-on look at some tough issues like depression, psychological ramifications of being medically sick, and sexual abuse; beautiful soul-stirring descriptions of ancient cities in Europe and Africa; and engaging and revealing dialogue amongst the characters. Everyone should read this book!
The story focuses on Megan, who is a heart transplant recipient. Though she had the surgery three years ago, she still lives in fear and hides behind that fear, letting it shadow her joy, hope, and radiance. Despite her lack of confidence in who she is, Megan is sweet and gentle and just wants to be loved. Then there is Caleb, Megan’s friend who also received a heart a few years prior to Megan. He’s dashing, daring, yet so so sweet and tender and firmly grounded in who he is. Their friendship is achingly beautiful and sweet.
Megan’s twin sister Crystal is the opposite of Megan - brash, assertive, type A - who runs from her emotions and difficulties of life. Yet she, too, is fearful and fears losing control. Her husband of five years is understanding, loving, and sweet. His acts of service and love for Crystal are heartfelt and special.
These two couples and their journey, individually and together, had me tearing up at every chapter. The sisters’ nostalgic memories made me choke up, the honest and difficult conversations between the couples and between the sisters had me bawling at times. Whew!
The ending of the book had me begging for more of their story. Will there be a follow up? Please?!?!
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
There is another person who is a piece of this puzzle, and that is a teenager by the name of Amanda who is Megan’s heart donor. We meet and get to know Amanda through her journal as she records her bucket list. Both sisters have been living with fear their whole lives. Megan decides to push through hers to fulfill Amanda’s dreams of traveling the world. Crystal who is under great stress from work and her marriage decides to take her husband’s advice and go with Megan. And what an adventure it was to vicariously see the world its magnificence and its dangers through the eyes of the sisters and their experiences.
I really enjoyed the travel part. The romance for both sisters is subtle but when it shows up it shows up in simplest forms and makes a great impact. I liked that through the story we got to know about Amanda and her struggles and dreams. How after a traumatized childhood she wanted to live again. How Amanda inspired Megan to follow her dreams as a writer and to grab life and live it to its fullest. Crystal, sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stop and slow down to see what she was missing. But I realized she had built walls as well to protect her heart.
This was quite an unexpected story by a new to me and very talented author. I look forward to more from her writing pen.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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