The Heart Between Us
Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

The Heart Between Us Details

TitleThe Heart Between Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 13th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718075705
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian, Romance

The Heart Between Us Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
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  • Tin
    January 1, 1970
    *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*READ FULL REVIEW IN MY BLOG: https://thebookmaiden.wordpress.com/2...It's so nice to read something different that I actually enjoyed from the usual genres I read. The story revolve around God & Faith, Family & Relationships and Travel. Since this is a Christian fiction novel, th *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*READ FULL REVIEW IN MY BLOG: https://thebookmaiden.wordpress.com/2...It's so nice to read something different that I actually enjoyed from the usual genres I read. The story revolve around God & Faith, Family & Relationships and Travel. Since this is a Christian fiction novel, there were a lot of God scenes that I don't mind because me myself believe in one true God. I love how this book showed restoring faith of the characters despite the struggles they encounter. Family was a big factor in this book as well. Megan's family has always been very supportive with her decisions even though traveling was not one of the things her parents wanted her to do because of her heart condition. Megan and Caleb's relationship from the beginning to the end is something to look forward to. My favorite part of this book was the travel part because you guys know how much I love to travel. Megan needs to travel in order to achieve all the things listed in the bucket list. There were a lot more countries, and you guys need to read this book to know which ones are included. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I'm glad I read it. It was my first book read from the author and surely won't be the last. You guys should give this book a try because I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do, especially if you love to travel as this book will feed your wanderlust. If you're also on the verge of losing your faith, go get yourself a copy because there are really a lot of encouraging passages that will help you restore your faith. 
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay Harrel's sophomore novel is about twins Megan and Crystal. Megan had fragile health as a child due to a weak heart. Following a heart transplant she lives out the bucket list of her donor. This was a great opportunity for Megan and Crystal to work through some of their relationship issues as well as each sister to confront their own character flaws.While I enjoyed this novel overall, I struggled with at least one decision made by each sister. Also, I have a difficult time with the whirlw Lindsay Harrel's sophomore novel is about twins Megan and Crystal. Megan had fragile health as a child due to a weak heart. Following a heart transplant she lives out the bucket list of her donor. This was a great opportunity for Megan and Crystal to work through some of their relationship issues as well as each sister to confront their own character flaws.While I enjoyed this novel overall, I struggled with at least one decision made by each sister. Also, I have a difficult time with the whirlwind speed at which they traveled and toured so many famous places. It just seems if you travel so far and at such an expense there would be a bit more savoring going on. It was very much a checklist type of trip.The ending was sweet and I look forward to what the author offers next.
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive.This is Lindsay Harrel's second book, and it's becoming evident to me that her trademark is going to be incredibly deep character journeys. This book, as the title suggests, is full of heart. From beginning to end, the passion for life and figuring out one's faith and laying down one's fears make this journey one worth taking... several times. The fact that communi FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive.This is Lindsay Harrel's second book, and it's becoming evident to me that her trademark is going to be incredibly deep character journeys. This book, as the title suggests, is full of heart. From beginning to end, the passion for life and figuring out one's faith and laying down one's fears make this journey one worth taking... several times. The fact that communication being key to relationships was featured made me smile and fall in love with this book even more. I've been saying for years that communication is crucial for any relationship to be successful, and it's wonderful when that outlook is emphasized and even featured in a fictional book.Another fantastic aspect to this story is all the travel. From Rome to Australia to Greece to Peru -- not to mention a couple of stops in the good ol' U.S. of A. -- this book came alive with atmosphere, culture, and adventure. I really should get a passport and save up some money for international traveling, because Ms. Harrel made each location seem like the ideal vacation spot.There are two reasons why this book only got four instead of five stars from me. Number one: God was called "the Big Guy" once, and I have always believed that this is an irreverent and too-casual way of referring to Him. Number two: There was an entire chapter devoted to skinny-dipping, and it was a "modest" character that was participating. It seemed out of character for her and the genre of Christian fiction. Were those two things done differently, this would have easily been a five-star read for me.I don't know what else Lindsay Harrel has on her writing schedule, but I know this: She is a must-read author. She brings a ton of heart, deep character journeys, and loads of hope to her stories. I can hardly wait to see what adventure she'll take me on next time.Content:* bikini swimsuit* skinny-dipping* sexual abuse (handled off-screen and with grace)* alcohol; pubs
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.The Heart Between Us contains an epic journey - both around the world and through the steps of relationship reconciliation. Two sisters, both trying to find answers, two love stories, both about second chances and new beginnings, and a whole lot of travel.Megan Jacobs is stuck - still living at home with her parents even though she is now in her thirties, still working part-time in a job that she likes but doesn’t love, still wondering what happened to her relationship with her twin si 3.5 stars.The Heart Between Us contains an epic journey - both around the world and through the steps of relationship reconciliation. Two sisters, both trying to find answers, two love stories, both about second chances and new beginnings, and a whole lot of travel.Megan Jacobs is stuck - still living at home with her parents even though she is now in her thirties, still working part-time in a job that she likes but doesn’t love, still wondering what happened to her relationship with her twin sister, still regretting giving up on a chance to follower her dreams, still scared that her new heart and health will fail. When Megan meets the parents of her heart-transplant donor, she surprises herself by deciding to fulfil 24 steps on Amanda’s bucket list, and so begins a travel adventure. She is even more surprised when her sister, Crystal, joins her. Crystal, too, is searching for something - answers to her marriage troubles, inspiration for her career, and maybe a chance to face the fears she has held all her life. Admittedly, I didn’t love this book. It was good, just not great. Or maybe it just wasn’t the right book for me. There is so much happening in this story: 24 bucket-list travel destinations and the intertwining stories of two sisters and their love, family, faith and career troubles. And yet, the book feels slow, I often felt bored with the story, and it took me a long time to really engage with the plot. I enjoyed Crystal’s story more than Megan’s, but it was Amanda, Megan’s heart donor, who I really wanted to get to know, whose story I really wanted to read, and yet we are only given glimpses of it through her journal entries. With so many travel destinations and bucket-list steps, the majority are skipped over, and the others are simple steps in the story. It is not until near the end of the book that Megan reunites with her old friend, Caleb, and their friendship deepens. As I mentioned before, it was Crystal’s story in which I was more interested. She is battling conflicting pressures. She wants to succeed at work, but it is a huge drain on her time and energy. She loves her husband, but he wants her to work less and to start a family. Crystal is also holding onto a lot of fear and regret from her childhood, and that is effecting her ability to convey her feelings to those around her. Again, the end of the book brings more drama, complications, and energy to Crystal’s story. The Heart Between Us is a contemporary Christian novel, and faith is neatly woven into the story as both Megan and Crystal finally realise that the answers they search for cannot be found from within their own limited resources, but that they must instead learn to rely on God and the others around them for help. The Heart Between Us is a sweet story about family, love, travel and second chances. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Life Fully Booked Review of The Heart Between UsI highly recommend this heartwarming and soul-challenging novel. The focus on God to help us through our fears and to rely on His control is something everyone needs a reminder of regularly.
  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Heat Between Us: Two sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List Author: Lindsay Harrel Genre: Contemporary Publication Date: March 13, 2018 The Heart Between Us is my first Lindsay Harrel book and honestly, I really enjoyed the idea of the book. This book is a contemporary book that has elements of Christian faith and it teases the hearts of those with a wanderlust soul.I really appreciated that this book touches the different aspects of love, family, sacrifices and the abun Title: The Heat Between Us: Two sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List Author: Lindsay Harrel Genre: Contemporary Publication Date: March 13, 2018 The Heart Between Us is my first Lindsay Harrel book and honestly, I really enjoyed the idea of the book. This book is a contemporary book that has elements of Christian faith and it teases the hearts of those with a wanderlust soul.I really appreciated that this book touches the different aspects of love, family, sacrifices and the abundant generosity of strangers in the most unlikely way.I loved the journey of these two sisters and their quest in rebuilding the bridge of sisterhood and also simultaneously finding ones individual identity.Having said that, The Heart Between Us is simple but at times I felt myself skimming through it. To be fair, I was expecting a powerful book but in some areas I found things to be quite childish and juvenile.All in all, The Heart Between Us is a lovely book filled with the story of courage, conquering ones greatest fear and a whole load of adventure.For more ...www.jemimajamir.com
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished...and I.Just.Cant. I don’t cry watching movies...I don’t cry actual tears reading books. I silently sobbed...even in front of my hubby, after this one was read. However, having got a debilitating neuro disease at 16, being the oldest of five siblings...I’ve often wondered how they felt about some of the drastic changes our life too once I was ill. This book touches on that subjects...and others that are so personal.For me, this book touched a place in my heart that no other book I just finished...and I.Just.Cant. I don’t cry watching movies...I don’t cry actual tears reading books. I silently sobbed...even in front of my hubby, after this one was read. However, having got a debilitating neuro disease at 16, being the oldest of five siblings...I’ve often wondered how they felt about some of the drastic changes our life too once I was ill. This book touches on that subjects...and others that are so personal.For me, this book touched a place in my heart that no other book really has. I don’t deal with emotions...I deal with facts. I’m not a moody or emotional person...it isn’t my personality. Every once in a while, tho, my disease brings thoughts.I’m not sure this even makes sense, but just read this book. Open your heart to the joy God has for you!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Heart Between Us was a beautiful story. It was my first read by Lindsay Harrel, but it definitely won't be my last. This story, in my opinion, is a perfect example of contemporary fiction done well. There's romance, but there is so much more to the plot. In fact, the romance is secondary to the sister's (Megan and Crystal) journey...and what a journey it was!It took me a couple chapters to get hooked by the story but after that I was flipping pages quickly and couldn't wait to see what happe The Heart Between Us was a beautiful story. It was my first read by Lindsay Harrel, but it definitely won't be my last. This story, in my opinion, is a perfect example of contemporary fiction done well. There's romance, but there is so much more to the plot. In fact, the romance is secondary to the sister's (Megan and Crystal) journey...and what a journey it was!It took me a couple chapters to get hooked by the story but after that I was flipping pages quickly and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I think one of the biggest reasons why I loved The Heart Between Us so much is because the characters were very likable and the plot was believable. I also found the whole idea of a heart transplant recipient trying to fulfill her donor's unfulfilled bucket list to be an amazing storyline. All in all, The Heart Between Us was a phenomenal read and one I highly recommend.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    January 1, 1970
    I liked THE HEART BETWEEN US but didn’t fall head over heels for it. That’s partly personal preference and part overall style, but I’ll get to all that, just keep reading.THE HEART BETWEEN US has a certain quality to it that reminded me of the Amanda Bynes film “What a Girl Wants”. The stories aren’t necessarily similar, but the vibes just felt the same. The American in a foreign land with strained family ties and sightseeing montages…something about it just made me think that there was definite I liked THE HEART BETWEEN US but didn’t fall head over heels for it. That’s partly personal preference and part overall style, but I’ll get to all that, just keep reading.THE HEART BETWEEN US has a certain quality to it that reminded me of the Amanda Bynes film “What a Girl Wants”. The stories aren’t necessarily similar, but the vibes just felt the same. The American in a foreign land with strained family ties and sightseeing montages…something about it just made me think that there was definitely a crossover audience in there somewhere. Cross that with a sweet and scenic made-for-TV movie, because that’s what the dialogue reminded me of, and I feel like I’ve pegged down the overall experience of this book.While this all came together as a perfectly lovely book, it was also a little too on-the-nose for my tastes. Everything was just a bit too perfectly placed and magically coincidental. I think it was the Philosophy student at the Colosseum who suddenly just steered the conversation into a succinctly apropos deep moment with one of our leads that pushed me into that determination. The entire book from then on was too neat and easy.Now here is where I want to shout, “Don’t let that reign as complete judgment”, because one of my best friend’s loves everything I’ve outlined above. Truly and seriously, once I finished the book, I knew it was something that I would recommend to her because it’s her type of story, from beginning to end. Just like I said at the top, it’s all about personal preference.I did enjoy the two main characters for the most part. At times Megan was written more like a 20 year old, instead of 32. I know that she’s supposed to have been sheltered because of her illness but it was still a bit OTT. Aside from that, I think this book was actually more about Crystal’s growth. Sure it was Megan’s journey that we were following, but it was really Crystal who was the mystery and had the more compelling story to tell. It was great to see how she evolved from city to city and moment to moment.There was a lot of travel that the characters had to get through, so it goes fairly quickly. The author bundled most sights and cities into short chapters that had our leads skipping across the globe. It made for a lot of situational storytelling and it kept the book moving forward fast. It could have easily been chapters and chapters of sights and sounds but I think the author edited it down in a very smart way.I won’t spoil anything but the book wraps up neatly with several messages to take away. Overall, the book was okay but not entirely for me. Still, I know that this book would be the perfect escape for other readers. It’s sweet but also has deep moments, with the added bonus of wanderlust and romances new and old.*I received a free copy of The Heart Between Us from the publisher to participate in the TLC Book Tour, and provide an honest review.*
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    This little story encompasses relationships, travel, romance, and a poignant story of siblings as they embark on a life-changing journey. I don't think I've EVER been to so many countries and continents vicariously through just 1 story. 🗼I like surprises. The Heart Between Us surprised me in the best way! I expected a cute, fun story about Megan, maybe even a journey of self discovery, with emotional moments, of course. I did NOT expect all that and more as the viewpoints of BOTH Megan and Cryst This little story encompasses relationships, travel, romance, and a poignant story of siblings as they embark on a life-changing journey. I don't think I've EVER been to so many countries and continents vicariously through just 1 story. 🗼I like surprises. The Heart Between Us surprised me in the best way! I expected a cute, fun story about Megan, maybe even a journey of self discovery, with emotional moments, of course. I did NOT expect all that and more as the viewpoints of BOTH Megan and Crystal switch off and tell a poignant story of sister-friendship, healing, and bravery all against a backdrop of continent-hopping and adventure.The heart-journey of these sisters, both literal and figurative, explores the dynamics of relationships and the honesty required in true connections. This process also shows the beauty of letting go of fears and trusting that God's control is constant, even amid misunderstandings and the sometimes-unfairness of circumstance.I would be remiss not to mention the sweet romance born of friendship that Megan and Caleb share. It was perfectly timed in Megan's life. I just loved the way Caleb was always a gentleman and so encouraging to Megan.Thank you to the publisher and author for the review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading new to me authors! This book intrigued me, though I am rather picky with contemporary stories. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and changed over the course of the book, which I always like to see. I loved the different travel settings throughout the story. I could better relate to Crystal and her storyline but I enjoyed reading both parts. Some parts of the book were slow, some were slightly rushed through. I really loved the marriage aspect with Crysta I love reading new to me authors! This book intrigued me, though I am rather picky with contemporary stories. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and changed over the course of the book, which I always like to see. I loved the different travel settings throughout the story. I could better relate to Crystal and her storyline but I enjoyed reading both parts. Some parts of the book were slow, some were slightly rushed through. I really loved the marriage aspect with Crystal and her husband. It was real and written in a way that just worked. I also loved the journey Megan takes. There is some slight romance but the sisterly relationship was the one I liked the most. I think Harrel has some great potential with her future books and I am excited to see what she will come up with next! Four stars. "I received this book from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own."
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    Spun with irresistible dialogue and a unique premise, The Heart Between Us is a unique canvas of women's fiction, threaded with romance, that transplants the reader to a buoyant collage of European locales. A bucket list adventure underscored by deeper tenets of faith, friendship and the bonds that tether us together even as we drift apart. A colourful thesis of dreams and reconciling passion with circumstance, this will appeal to those with a hefty dollop of wanderlust as well as the hopeless r Spun with irresistible dialogue and a unique premise, The Heart Between Us is a unique canvas of women's fiction, threaded with romance, that transplants the reader to a buoyant collage of European locales. A bucket list adventure underscored by deeper tenets of faith, friendship and the bonds that tether us together even as we drift apart. A colourful thesis of dreams and reconciling passion with circumstance, this will appeal to those with a hefty dollop of wanderlust as well as the hopeless romantics amongst us: romanticism of place and human interconnection balance each well-written page.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    The Heart Between Us was packed with depth and emotion! I ended up with both a paperback copy and an audio copy. I listened to most of the book on audio and then finished out the last eighteen chapters by reading the paperback. The narrator did a nice job on this story, using differing voices for the various characters. I enjoyed the narration on this audio book very much.I loved the journal entries in this novel. It helped slowly reveal who Amanda (the heart donor) was, and what she had endured The Heart Between Us was packed with depth and emotion! I ended up with both a paperback copy and an audio copy. I listened to most of the book on audio and then finished out the last eighteen chapters by reading the paperback. The narrator did a nice job on this story, using differing voices for the various characters. I enjoyed the narration on this audio book very much.I loved the journal entries in this novel. It helped slowly reveal who Amanda (the heart donor) was, and what she had endured in her young life. I loved the main character, Megan. She had a lot of growing to do in the story, in order to overcome her fears, yet she did everything in a kind and caring manner. Crystal was a difficult character for me to embrace, however, I ended up really enjoying her journey and the life lessons she learned.I found that even though the sisters, Crystal and Megan, were the main characters, I actually really liked the men in this book! Brian and Caleb were truly stand up guys.The traveling and sightseeing was so nicely done in this story, I felt like I was experiencing things right along with Megan. I found myself yearning to visit some of the places myself.Although I received a complimentary copy of this book in print form, I also purchased the audio copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Christian or Secular: ChristianASEL Rating: mild violence (though no detailed description)Content to be aware of: This book includes a character that survived child molestation. No details are given. The situation is only alluded to. For this reason, I give it a Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Christian or Secular: ChristianASEL Rating: mild violence (though no detailed description)Content to be aware of: This book includes a character that survived child molestation. No details are given. The situation is only alluded to. For this reason, I give it a mild rating as it may be a trigger to some readers. My thoughts:I'm going to just go ahead and admit that I'm not usually crazy about contemporary fiction. But this cover was adorable and the synopsis pulled me right in. I was very pleasantly surprised! I actually really liked this book!I wouldn't be surprised if this book is picked up for a lifetime movie. Seriously, it has all the makings—a troubled past, an uncertain future and the sweetest romance.In The Heart Between Us, there is a young woman who had a heart transplant. She's convinced that to get her own life on track, she must fulfill the bucket list that belonged to her donor.As the story progresses, we find out that the donor had her own sad story. Her parents are struggling to cope with losing their daughter. They support Megan's decision to complete their daughter's list.Last, The Heart Between us has one of the sweetest romances that I've read in a while. I was rooting for Caleb from the moment Megan bumped into him at a fundraiser. They were absolutely adorable together.The only reason I give this book a four star instead of a five is that it was more of a clean read than Christfic. There's very little faith content and the characters are seen drinking and skinny dipping on one occasion.The book was in no way inappropriate but it also wasn't overly faith-filled...until the end. By that point, it felt so disjointed to me. You have these characters that struggle with life and faith until suddenly everything is completely right. But that took place without a conversion. I didn't see conviction or a gradual work of the Lord in their hearts. One day the girls were miserable and the next it was miraculously all better after a little Jesus. I mean, yes, Jesus makes all things better but I didn't really see Jesus in this book.Overall, I still enjoyed the book. Had the faith content felt less forced and disjointed, I could have given this book a five-star. I would definitely read this author again. Though this book is not a genre that I would typically read, I'm very glad that I picked up the book.The Heart Between Us is an emotionally gripping book that's perfect for readers who love contemporary chick-lit.This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.This review originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    This a book with some heart. I loved how Harrel writes with so much heart and she has relationships down to a science. I love how she made this book about family and relationships and oh so important communication. You are going to love it from beginning to end.In this book you are going to get to travel, that's always a plus in my opinion. You will go to From Rome to Australia to Greece to Peru. Now you know you want to dive in to this book after hearing that!I gave this book 4 stars and I reco This a book with some heart. I loved how Harrel writes with so much heart and she has relationships down to a science. I love how she made this book about family and relationships and oh so important communication. You are going to love it from beginning to end.In this book you are going to get to travel, that's always a plus in my opinion. You will go to From Rome to Australia to Greece to Peru. Now you know you want to dive in to this book after hearing that!I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars“God wants nothing more than to restore us…”I expected this to be an inspiring story with lots of feels and travel adventures I could vicariously live through. And it is. But the concept of heart – and all it means for the different players – and the healing that is painted on these pages far exceeded my expectations.I absolutely love Megan. She is such a layered character with a sweet personality and more courage than she gives herself credit for. After being sick for so long, she is f 4.5 stars“God wants nothing more than to restore us…”I expected this to be an inspiring story with lots of feels and travel adventures I could vicariously live through. And it is. But the concept of heart – and all it means for the different players – and the healing that is painted on these pages far exceeded my expectations.I absolutely love Megan. She is such a layered character with a sweet personality and more courage than she gives herself credit for. After being sick for so long, she is finally able to live a full life but fear has been holding her back. As she connects with her donor’s family and gets to know her donor via the journal Amanda left behind, she is inspired to complete the teenager’s unfulfilled bucket list. Amanda did complete one of the items on the list already, and it’s actually that item that becomes the theme of the book in ways you might not at first expect. There’s a dash of romance that of course I loved. Really loved. I swooned. And sighed blissfully. BUT at the same time it doesn’t overwhelm the plot. And there’s another love story going on that I didn’t expect – and one that hit me right in the feels. Again, I don’t want to give a lot of the plot away because part of the beauty of the novel is joining these two sisters on their journey and taking each step with them. As a side note, can I just say that I love Crystal’s story and I’m so glad the author gave her a voice too. Though Megan remains my favorite! And Caleb… there I go swooning again!Bottom Line: The Heart Between Us is part travel adventure, part hit-you-in-the-feels women’s fiction, part exploration of sisterhood and part romance. But it’s ALL excellently done. I knew I would enjoy this one; I just didn’t realize I would enjoy it so much. Megan’s story intertwines with her twin sister Crystal’s, her donor Amanda’s, and her best friend Caleb’s as she travels across the globe on a mission to finish a bucket list and find her own footing. Her multi-country, multi-cultural adventures are fun to experience vicariously and they serve well to move the story forward without bogging it down. Overall, the faith message is subtle but woven in so sweetly, and I wouldn’t change a bit of it.(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars -To be absolutely honest, it took me some time to really grab what was happening with the plot with this book. In fact there was a moment in which I considered putting the book down for good. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Twin sisters Crystal & Megan are so far apart, physically - emotionally. They haven't spoken or seen each other in years. One a talented junior architect for a prestigious Manhattan firm. Married and struggling to balance that ever seeming challenge of a healthy 3.5 stars -To be absolutely honest, it took me some time to really grab what was happening with the plot with this book. In fact there was a moment in which I considered putting the book down for good. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Twin sisters Crystal & Megan are so far apart, physically - emotionally. They haven't spoken or seen each other in years. One a talented junior architect for a prestigious Manhattan firm. Married and struggling to balance that ever seeming challenge of a healthy relationship between work and home life. Brian her husband patiently has stood by as she continually puts him second to the all encompassing dream of senior architect. How much longer can he put his plans and dreams on hold? When will Crystal ever find the time for the life they thought they would have together?Megan, recovering heart transplant patient, is now healthy but living her life, literally in so much fear that she choose 'safe' over adventure. Living with her parents and working a go nowhere job at the local library - this story begins with a chance meeting with Caleb. The one man she has always admired. Fellow transplant patient and support person. She has turned down opportunity with him before, but this moment is a turning point of sorts and Megan sets out to meet the parents of her heart donor. A journal, a bucket list, an opportunity to reconnect with her estranged twin. A trip of a lifetime around the world becomes the main focus of the book. I had hoped for more interaction between Megan & Caleb especially. There were times when I felt it fell a little monotonous. But as this journey starts to bear it's end, things pick up and it pulls you right in. Clever concept of this very real struggle that heart disease and the opportunity to get a transplant and all the strain that has put on the two sisters. A clever title, and two wonderful peaceful endings. I appreciated the reminder that we cannot control most of the situations we find ourselves in during this life on earth. When we spend our time worrying about that which we can't control we are failing to put our trust in God, and all that He can offer. Even if His plan is not to spare the hurt, He will provide the love and hope. Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC. Look out for this book in the New Year.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet story of sisterhood, familial bonds, sacrificial love and finding your own identity amidst the storms of life. Poignant with tender moments, as well as laughter, The Heart Between Us is a touching novel that is sure to please.
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Heart Between Us is a beautiful, beautiful story! Two sisters... lost in their own feelings, in their own fears. Story: The Heart Between Us is a very realistic story, even if not all of us go through a heart transplant, it was easy to identify with both Megan and Crystal. The begin This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Heart Between Us is a beautiful, beautiful story! Two sisters... lost in their own feelings, in their own fears. Story: The Heart Between Us is a very realistic story, even if not all of us go through a heart transplant, it was easy to identify with both Megan and Crystal. The beginning of their lives was very easy-going, up until the point when Megan was diagnosed with a heart condition. Going from begin best friends, twin sisters who did everything together, they started to grow apart. The growing apart is natural, it seems, as Megan spent her time in hospitals. Because their mom was always hovering, Crystal felt as if she was all alone.At the time of the main story in The Heart Between Us, the twins are thirty-two years old. Megan got a new heart three and a half years ago, and hasn't even seen Crystal since then. The story follows both sisters in their trials and tribulations. And their character growth is what I loved the most with this story. Megan finally meets her childhood friend Caleb at an event. This meeting brings her to action, to do something with this new life she has gotten thanks to her new heart.After meeting with her donor's parents, she takes on the bucket list her donor had left behind. Traveling the world, doing things way out of her comfort zone. All the while blogging about it. Crystal finds herself in a bind, and decides to go with her sister. This brings the possibility of reconnecting. Of re-discovering. Of getting a relationship with their twin as adults. And their journey is beautiful and full of feelings. Even the feelings Crystal really doesn't want to feel.The Heart Between Us is described as a Christian Romance, and while there is some religion in the story, it never felt preachy. And I think this is because both sisters had a complicated relationship with God. Struggling with this relationship on top of all their other struggles made them very real to me. Characters: Megan got a new heart three and a half years ago - but she never really started living. Staying in her parents' house, working as a library aide rather than following her dreams, she's at a stand-still at the beginning of the story.Crystal appears very successful on the outside. A great job, a wonderful husband, a possibility to advance in her field. Crystal is held back by her fears, though. And what she fears most is her own feelings. Writing style : The Heart Between Us is written in third person perspective, and in past tense. The story follows both Crystal and Megan closely enough to share their inner thoughts, feelings and doubts with the readers. The many dialogues also showed insight to the other characters who were important to their story. Feels : All the feels! I felt very strongly for both Crystal and Megan. They had both had their struggles due to Megan's illness, but neither of them was prepared to deal with the aftermath.Blood pumped through her veins, and instead of circulating the fear she expected, another feeling made the rounds inside of her. Amanda's heart in Megan's chest sang with the pounding of her blood, beating out a new rhythm Megan wasn't familiar with. The song invigorated her limbs, and as she readied her body to leap into action, a fuzzy calm tingled in her fingertips and toes.Bravery. That was it, wasn't it? He was nudging her toward bravery. And she'd been resisting. Resisting because she'd been afraid that she wasn't enough.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    Prepare yourself for an excited review ;)I’d been eyeing this book for a while just because of the cover alone, so you better believe I snatched it up eagerly when it became available to review! I knew it was one of those books that even if I didn’t like it, the cover was enough for me to drool over it continually. But of course, no worries about not liking the book – I more than liked it! In fact, I quite loved this novel! “The Heart Between Us” has quickly become one that I hug to my chest and Prepare yourself for an excited review ;)I’d been eyeing this book for a while just because of the cover alone, so you better believe I snatched it up eagerly when it became available to review! I knew it was one of those books that even if I didn’t like it, the cover was enough for me to drool over it continually. But of course, no worries about not liking the book – I more than liked it! In fact, I quite loved this novel! “The Heart Between Us” has quickly become one that I hug to my chest and squeal a little bit. Yes, it was that good.The reading of it gave me so many happy feelings!! But I will try to calm myself in an attempt to write a helpful review…The plotline was unique and gripping from page one. Oh, and page one – the prologue – I have to make a comment here: that was an amazing sentence opener. I marked it, just because the writer and reader in me loved it. “Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to the past.”. This sentence is from Amanda, Megan’s heart-donor. <3Back to the plot – so yes, Megan is used to sitting on the sidelines due to heart-problems most of her life. But now she’s got a new heart…however, she still fears that life might be passing her by. When she finally meets her heart-donor’s parents, they give Megan their daughter’s journal which is filled with Amanda’s bucket-list. Megan sets out to accomplish each item on the list in honor of Amanda. Right there we’re shown we’re about to embark on the story of a life-time.Another aspect of this story is about Crystal, Megan’s twin sister. They may be twins but they’re very different from the other, and haven’t had a good relationship in years. When her job and marriage are on the line, she agrees to tag along with Megan on her travels. Will it mend their relationship, and help Crystal right her life-priorities?Both character’s were great to follow along-with. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d bond with Crystal, already having deeply connected with Megan, but I shouldn’t have been worried. They each go through such life-lessons, and are easily relatable.I rooted for both Crystal and her husband Brian, and Megan and Caleb. Which brings me to another happy-moment; Caleb, and any scene involving the two. Just…ah soo many good feelings <3333I loved visiting all the travel-destinations with the sisters – places I may never actually visit, but had the pleasure of seeing them through story. So fun!! In my opinion, this book could’ve capped 500 pages with more details on each travel-stop and I would have been super content with that. ^.^My favourite places they visited? Oh hard question…I really loved their time spent in Ireland, Scotland, and England. And Paris. And just really every stop. :DThe faith aspect of the book was very good too. It could’ve been a little more included in the beginning, but it’s also understandable why it wasn’t as strong there – we had to see the sisters grow. It was good.So yep, I loved this book. And will be looking forward to the author’s next book, whatever it may be!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers; I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay Harrel's new book THE HEART BETWEEN US is the first book I read by this author. The cover intrigued me, and I love Big Ben so even though I was sold by the blurb I had to read it due to the cover. Lousy way to judge a book, right? :)Megan and Crystal are about as opposite as twin sisters could possibly be and due to Megan's bad heart they lived totally different lives from the beginning. Crystal got all the opportunities, Megan laid in the hospital and dreamed.Now Megan has a new heart Lindsay Harrel's new book THE HEART BETWEEN US is the first book I read by this author. The cover intrigued me, and I love Big Ben so even though I was sold by the blurb I had to read it due to the cover. Lousy way to judge a book, right? :)Megan and Crystal are about as opposite as twin sisters could possibly be and due to Megan's bad heart they lived totally different lives from the beginning. Crystal got all the opportunities, Megan laid in the hospital and dreamed.Now Megan has a new heart and a bucket list inherited from the previous owner of the heart. A fully-funded "go fund me" account means her dreams are coming true. This is women's fiction, about twins finding themselves, finding each other and learning to move past their vast differences to find some common ground. About finding and following dreams and moving past obstacles. I like more romance in my stories and I wanted more in this one but I went in knowing it was women's fiction and knowing that if there is any romance at all it is very light and not the main focus. So it was true to genre.I loved the premise and the writing was very well done. Ms. Harrel is a gifted story teller that we'll likely see a lot more from. Great story.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful story showing how even while stressful circumstances can cause tension between siblings, there is hope to find the way back to each other. Each person in the story handles life in different and unique ways. I cried while reading this one. The author writes with great emotion and empathy. A story I will read again. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my own personal honest opinion.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    A Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel is a unique book filled with romance and a set of twin women determined to make a way for their lives. Megan finally after years with a heart defect receives a new heart and wants to travel and complete the bucket list for Amanda, the girl who donated her heart. While on the other hand, Crystal, her twin sister, lives the perfect life in New York City with her husband and her dream job.Harrel is a good writer who came up with a unique storyline that I haven't A Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel is a unique book filled with romance and a set of twin women determined to make a way for their lives. Megan finally after years with a heart defect receives a new heart and wants to travel and complete the bucket list for Amanda, the girl who donated her heart. While on the other hand, Crystal, her twin sister, lives the perfect life in New York City with her husband and her dream job.Harrel is a good writer who came up with a unique storyline that I haven't seen before. She took a what if idea and completed a whole novel around the story. She understood how to drag me along to understand the twins emotions. Harrel is good at reaching the surface level of the emotions. As for the twins, I really didn't empathize with any of them. Megan wanted to do more and prove she could do more, but she still is doing the cookie cutter things by the end of the book. She took the safe job. She took the safe route. She did mature a little from the beginning of the book, but I wanted more of a transformation. Traveling around the world can change a person. (Not that I know. I have barely left my home state.) As for Crystal, she is afraid at the beginning to not look perfect all the time. At the end, she changes a little, but I really wonder if she will change that much. It's really hard to change who you have been most of your life. The plot line was predictable. I even wrote a check list when I read to page fifty of what I thought would occur in the rest of the novel, and every item was checked off by the time I finished the book. The "blowup" between the sisters was really downplayed. I wanted something more dramatic. There are huge hurts here. Harrel made it important than she glossed over the argument and the outcome. I wanted to see the hurts brought to the surface. Then of course, they make up and have a much closer relationship. Another problem I had was the traveling to all the different places. Why did they have to only have one chapter in one city? They traveled to way too many cities in a short novel. I wanted more time in each place. I don't think even Megan and Crystal had a good time in the rush while they were there. We got a snapshot of an event that corresponded with the bucket list, but nothing else. No real sightseeing. It was mentioned, but it happened off the pages. Troubles while traveling. It happened in the beginning, then went away. Maybe the bucket list should have been completed over a number of years. Not in a few weeks. Maybe Crystal could have joined her halfway through her trip and allowed us to experience their growth a little more with the beautiful countries. The two sets of romances for the twins were completely predictable too. I knew what was going to happen with each relationship before it happened. Overall, The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel did not wow me like a contemporary romance should. The plot and romance were predictable with a flurry of snapshot moments in a lot of cities around the globe. Fans of Kara Issac might enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished this book and it's midnight. I couldn't put it down until I finished. This story is a poignant look at family, and priorities. What is the most important thing in life? Two sisters embark on a trip of a lifetime to figure this out. A romantic tale of finding love, re-claiming love and offering forgiveness. I definitely recommend this book because it shows hope in overcoming hardships in relationships. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion I just finished this book and it's midnight. I couldn't put it down until I finished. This story is a poignant look at family, and priorities. What is the most important thing in life? Two sisters embark on a trip of a lifetime to figure this out. A romantic tale of finding love, re-claiming love and offering forgiveness. I definitely recommend this book because it shows hope in overcoming hardships in relationships. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    This book. Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin. How about here - When I first knew one of the main characters was a heart transplant recipient, I was a little nervous to pick it up. My husband had a liver transplant years ago, and I was afraid that all sorts of memories would resurface. I wasn't sure I wanted to go down that road, it was scary as a wife to see him go through that, and watch our daughter deal with it. So from this aspect, I connected with this book in a lot of ways that others This book. Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin. How about here - When I first knew one of the main characters was a heart transplant recipient, I was a little nervous to pick it up. My husband had a liver transplant years ago, and I was afraid that all sorts of memories would resurface. I wasn't sure I wanted to go down that road, it was scary as a wife to see him go through that, and watch our daughter deal with it. So from this aspect, I connected with this book in a lot of ways that others may not. Crystal - well she had a lot of the same feelings that I did, and I have never talked to someone before who had, so she kind of became my best friend. And Megan? Well, she had me at hello.The author did a wonderful job of portraying a transplant recipient and family member. The emotions were spot on. Even when talking about the scarring - I could totally see my husband reacting the same way. As someone who has been through this, I appreciated the time and effort it took in researching this part of the story. It made it more believable and really made the reading experience that much more enjoyable. Facts aside, Lindsay Harrel created some wonderful characters. Megan's growth throughout this book was like watching your young child grow out of their shy stage and they stop hiding behind your leg. I think Megan found it easy to hide behind her transplant. She just needed something to give her a little nudge. Enter the bucket list. This was such a creative idea on the author's part. To meet with the donor family and be able to honor them in some way is something that a lot of transplant patients dream of doing, but never get to actually do it. Baby steps. That was how Megan's growth progressed and it was perfect. Not once did I think she would turn into this take charge woman overnight, or start speaking up for herself like she had done it for years. It needed to happen gradual, and the author did a great job of making sure that it did. The secondary characters were just as good as Megan and Crystal. I think I found myself centered on Crystal and Brian for a lot of the book because I was so interested in their marriage. I needed to see if Crystal would become the wife that Brian wanted. But you know, in marriage there is sacrifice, and we are supposed to accept our spouses for who they are. At first, Brian and Crystal kind of upset me - why was Brian trying to change Crystal, and how had she changed from when they first married? And it hit me. Life happens. Sometimes we get sucked into life so much that we lose perspective on what's important, what takes priority in our lives. And so as much as this was a journey for Megan, it was a journey for Crystal. Finding her priorities and deciding what she wanted in life. To be honest, it trickled down to me as I found myself looking at my own priorities and wondering if I was making the same mistakes as her.The bottom line here is that this is a great read. It will make you smile, feel good, and have hope. It may even make you take a look at your own life to be sure you are living to the fullest. Make your own bucket list. Remember the One who gave you life and don't take it for granted! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Chastity Ray
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up The Heart Between Us. I like general fiction, even general romantic fiction but sometimes it can be too over the top. It seems like the girl always finds herself in impossible situations and a guy just happens to come along who has all the answers. He says the right things and fits her mental list of what she's looking for in a man and they fall madly in love. If you're like me and you're tired of the same old same old then you're in luck! The Heart I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up The Heart Between Us. I like general fiction, even general romantic fiction but sometimes it can be too over the top. It seems like the girl always finds herself in impossible situations and a guy just happens to come along who has all the answers. He says the right things and fits her mental list of what she's looking for in a man and they fall madly in love. If you're like me and you're tired of the same old same old then you're in luck! The Heart Between Us is fresh, original, and a story you're sure to love!Megan Jacobs got a second chance at life. Born with a failing heart Megan spent most of her childhood and teen years in and out of hospitals, it's there she meets and befriends Caleb. Like Megan, Caleb was born with a failing heart and they quickly become the best of friends, spending countless hours watching the travel channel planning their future. Megan would write the stories and Caleb would photograph their adventures throughout the world. It was a great plan born of boredom and suffering, but when the unexpected happens and Caleb and Megan both receive heart transplants their dreams can become a reality.Unfortunately, Megan gets cold feet and pushes aside the one person who believed she could do anything. She won't do anything to risk her new heart. She neurotically checks her heart rate and pulse and meticulously watches what she eats. She's been given a new lease on life and she refuses to do anything to put that in jeopardy.After a chance meeting with Caleb, years after their falling out, Megan decides she needs to meet the family of the girl who gave her her new heart. Little did Megan know, this was the first step that would start the greatest adventure of her life!I was pleasantly surprised with The Heart Between Us. It wasn't over dramatic but it did have points of conflict. Real conflict, like friends fighting, mom's being over protective, and a twin sister who was like a stranger. It was also beautifully written, Lindsay Harrel has a way of writing a story that wraps its way inside of you. You forget that you don't really know Caleb and Megan and you find yourself rooting for your friend to find her wings and fly.There is romance but it's chaste. Hand-holding and kisses only. It truly is a beautiful story that I think everyone will love. Join Megan on the adventure of a life time and find out if the heart makes the person or if the person makes the heart.
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  • Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for providing me an e-book of this novel.**You can view my full review on my blog, Here **At first I wasn’t quite sure what I felt towards the book – as it started kinda slow for me. I needed a bit of adaptation to the english words that were flowing my brain rather than my usual french ones. I kept reading past that, and soon enough in their travel, I got filled with freedom – and the urge to go visit all thoses wonderful areas of the world we live in. But also.. emotionnal Thank you NetGalley for providing me an e-book of this novel.**You can view my full review on my blog, Here **At first I wasn’t quite sure what I felt towards the book – as it started kinda slow for me. I needed a bit of adaptation to the english words that were flowing my brain rather than my usual french ones. I kept reading past that, and soon enough in their travel, I got filled with freedom – and the urge to go visit all thoses wonderful areas of the world we live in. But also.. emotionnal as to how close the sisters are growing their bond between them, emotionnal as of the root of the story – being a message in my mind of some sort for the organ donation that I can totally relate to in Crystal’s perspective with my mom. Upon reading Megan’s specific accomplishment of the bucket list item of going skinny dipping despise her transplant scar, id really really love to pass this book to mom for her to read it. As we had many conversations of how unhappy she feels towards her chest and belly being filled of scars caused by dialysis & transplant – thoses very much needed for her to stay alive. Unfortunately, she’s not as bilingual as I am – and I swear that if this book get translated to french someday, I need to buy it and gift it to her to read.As I finished reading it, crying at 2;45am – I read the last 24% of it in one setting. I absolutely fell in love with theses characters, specially Caleb – whom I now count as my new book husband, as he’s everything im longing for a partner to be. Along my way i’ve loved, felt free and cried alot .. but I loved it. and yes, everything came out perfect in the end; passed a few inspirationnal quotes on me on the way aswell.IMPORTANT: Amanda, the 17years old who donated Megan’s heart, has been sexually abused by her uncle. She wrote mentions of it inside her journal, without mention in detail how it happened ; but you wanna keep that in mind if it’s a trigger of yours.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef, and a night in a Celtic castle are just some of the experiences you’ll share with Megan and her sister Crystal when you pick up this book. But you'll share more than a physical journey with them; you’ll share an emotional one too—one that confronts years of disappointments and fears due to Megan’s life in and out of hospital with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. And the disappointments and fears are shared equally by Megan and Crystal because, whi Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef, and a night in a Celtic castle are just some of the experiences you’ll share with Megan and her sister Crystal when you pick up this book. But you'll share more than a physical journey with them; you’ll share an emotional one too—one that confronts years of disappointments and fears due to Megan’s life in and out of hospital with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. And the disappointments and fears are shared equally by Megan and Crystal because, while Megan may have been the one with the health issues, no family member can remain unaffected by the demands of such an illness.The narrative is shared equally between the sisters throughout the story, and while I was invested in both of their stories from the outset, for me it was Crystal’s story that tugged hardest in the beginning. She’s married to a man she loves more than anything, but ambition is driving her so hard she’s not only losing her creative spark, she’s also in danger of losing her marriage. Furthermore, she’s never really dealt with the emotions that come with having an ill sister—a twin sister, at that—who requires a significant amount of their parents’ attention and around whom their entire life needed to be organized.I thought Lindsay Harrel did a wonderful job of allowing the reader to sense the proverbial elephant in the room with the sisters and showing the gradual crumbling of the walls between them over the course of the journey. How’s that for a mixed metaphor?! But you get my drift. I also loved the way their physical and emotional journeys intertwined—each leading into and supporting the other. And, of course, for the romance lovers among us, there was not only the discovery of new love, but the rekindling of established love (although the men only really come back into the story in the second half.)The one thing I wasn’t 100% sold on was the tension that arose between Megan and Caleb at the eleventh hour. I felt it was a slight overreaction on his part and a little out of character, but it also brought helped bring Megan’s list to a poignant end, so I’ll forgive him!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A heartfelt contemporary story with a lot of hope, faith and romance! The unique plot of this story was quite interesting, incorporating the past journal entries with the current blog as Megan filled in her own experiences. There was a lot of depth to the story, especially as the sisters worked through their own relationship, and both began to heal. The main characters were developed well, and the author does a good job of describing what they are going through, especially Megan who has lived s A heartfelt contemporary story with a lot of hope, faith and romance! The unique plot of this story was quite interesting, incorporating the past journal entries with the current blog as Megan filled in her own experiences. There was a lot of depth to the story, especially as the sisters worked through their own relationship, and both began to heal. The main characters were developed well, and the author does a good job of describing what they are going through, especially Megan who has lived so long with a chronic illness. It was easy to understand her fears and anxiety about taking risks. I cheered her on as she seemed to grow in strength and wisdom. Discussions of faith fit perfectly as both sisters struggled with the past, and hoped to overcome the obstacles that came with it, affecting their current relationships and life direction. Both women realize they have lived in fear and have let it rule them, letting it rob them of the joy of truly living, something many of us can identify with if we are honest. Themes of forgiveness, trusting God when it doesn't make sense, learning to let go and truly love, are worked well into the story line, as well as difficult topics like sexual abuse. Readers who like contemporary stories with some faith, and realistic relationships, should enjoy this book.(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
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