Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Healing Heart

Author: Angela Breidenbach
Publisher: Abingdon Press
April 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4267-5269-8
Genre: Contemporary romance

Can a woman’s heart find its way back to God and discover an unexpected new love?

Will Joel help Mara or take everything she has left? Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She's been chasing success and all the "good things in life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.

She's not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. How can Mara trust the one man who nearly destroyed her life and business? While Mara recuperates, she's forced to face her physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence's big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt? Or will he betray a vulnerable woman and her children?

A HEALING HEART is book six in Abingdon Press’s Quilts of Love series. The books are all written by different authors and are all stand-alones.

The story is tightly written, with no unnecessary words. Unfortunately, it felt like some of the life was sucked out of the story too. Despite that, Mara is a middle-aged widow struggling to keep her husband’s dream alive. She is busier than she able to cope with, struggling with maintaining the business, overseeing three active teens and one large dog, and making a memory quilt for her daughter’s high school graduation! No wonder she has a heart attack!

Joel might have tried a hostile take-over of the business, but now he is a coach, trained to make wise business decisions. When he’s assigned to Mara’s case, he arrives just in time to get her to the hospital and takes over from there. Mara has no choice but to trust him—and Joel seemed an honorable man, despite his rather iffy past.

I enjoyed getting to know Mara and Joel and the children. I especially love the “neighborhood watch grandma” who was a secondary character. Don’t miss A HEALING LOVE. $12.99. 240 pages. 

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