Book Review: A Healing Heart

a healing heart

Title: A Healing Heart

Author: Melissa A. Hanson

Genre/s: Contemporary

Pages: 261pages

Buy it: AmazonBookDepository


Love is not just Excitement, Tenderness, feeling Special, it is also a Bone-crushing reality of Pain.”



On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident. Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night. Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost. Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin.

Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life. One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living.

As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her new found happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet again.

Outside forces begin to tear them apart and Bailey must learn to trust in herself and realize that she is worthy of happiness. That sometimes love and healing comes in unexpected forms.

A story about first love, life’s unexpected tragedies, and the miracles that make it possible to move forward.


The title of this book really suits the story itself. I love how fast-paced this book was.  It was my first time to read a story like this, where in everyone in her family died and she’s the one left. The concept of this book is great. It’s not just about Bailey has a boyfriend, but rather this book was a good mix of family, friendship, love and moving on with life.

It is a light read and high school kind of type. I adored every single character in this story, especially the two little ones, Lacey and Riley, they just light the mood up. The main character was Bailey Walsh, in the story, you can feel her pain, grieving for her family’s loss and then everything turned upside down and normally up when Collin McKenna arrived in her life. Collin McKenna is not your average boy next door, because he was doing his best to fulfill a mother figure to her little sister Lacey. Riley was Lacey’s play date and the cute little boy Bailey was babysitting. I would also love to have Mia and Natasha as a best friend, they had been there for Bailey all throughout.

As I read the book, I can see that there was a character development especially with Bailey. Character development is one of the things that every book should have. This book showed a part of reality, when some of your love one dies, you think your life ended too, always grieving, always in pain and can’t let go. This book showed us that even if our loved one dies, we need to continue to live our life, there is a reason why it happened.

In the end, everything happens for a Reason. You guys would love to grab a copy of this book, the first book of the Riverview Series.

Rating: 4/5+


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