Book Review: The Healing Heart, by Jennifer Howard

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(Once again, not a book review blog, I only review books for my GoodReads group and other books I happen to feel like reviewing.)

The Healing Heart, by Jennifer Howard

**** (4 stars)

“The Healing Heart” is a sweet, cheerful (almost too cheerful for me, angst-and-gloom-loving curmudgeon that I am, but hey, sometimes you’ve got to lighten up a little) contemporary romance that follows the story of Jamie Hansen, a widow with a teenage daughter, who after losing the love of her life is afraid to let herself love again, and Conley Michaels, the man who finally convinces her to. It’s escapist and fun, the main conflict coming from Jamie learning to let go of her fears and insecurities and accept that life has offered up something wonderful for her again.

The book is fast-moving, written in a breezy, casual style that takes you right inside Jamie’s head. The style is clear and enjoyable and paints a vivid picture of Jamie, her teenage daughter Gretchen, and their world. I also enjoyed reading about Jamie’s close relationship with her daughter. Sometimes I felt that the story barely touched on the surface of Jamie’s emotions, especially the more difficult ones, and would have liked to dig in a little deeper (but again, that might just be Angsty Me speaking).

There are some fun extras at the end of the book: an extensive playlist, a list of music, movies, and TV shows referred to, and Jamie and Conley’s meeting from Conley’s point of view. This delightful novel is Ms. Howard’s debut, and I look forward to seeing more from her.

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About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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