"A Healing Heart" by Angela Breidenbach is such a loving, faith based and delightful story to read.
Mara Keegan is barely keeping it all together. Her husband died after a tragic snowmobiling accident. Mara feels anger, loss, and fear that she will not be able to keep the promise she made to her husband as she watched him pass away. Mara has turned her back on her faith, friends and family as she struggles to keep the business they started together moving forward. While doing this, Mara is denying her artistic soul in order to handle the financial aspect of the business that was her husbands domain. She spends too much time at work until the day she takes a few hours to go home and start working on her daughter's memory quilt. This quilt is a family tradition as a gift to their children as they prepare for their HS graduation.
Mara feels pain in her chest and falls off the stool she is sitting on, breaking her ankle in the process. Joel Ryan arrives on the Keegan doorstep moments later. There is history there as Joel at one time tried a hostile take-over of the Keegans business. Since that day, Joel has sold off his business and found Christ. He is working with the company that is mentoring Mara during the new development line she is working on to submit to the government.
The story is about the journey of a family that starts healing and finds their way towards a new life and love. I so enjoyed reading this moving story as Mara comes to terms with the loss of her husband as she rebuilds her faith and finds comfort in her friends and family that she had let slip away.
The loss of the treasured family dog is heart breaking as this dog found David Keegan after the avalanche that took his life.
I am so blessed to have been gifted a copy of "A Healing Heart" by The Book Club Fun and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
This was a very delightful book. Mara Keegan is working on making a quilt for her up and coming senior. Throughout the process, she has a heart attack. Throughout the whole book, she is learning to heal both physically and emotionally. Angela Breidenbach is a very good author. I would recommend her books to everyone. I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
I read some of the books in this series and really looked forward to reading this one. The first chapter had me hooked. "Mara Keegan's vision blurred... Mara's smile faded... A burning sensation started in the center of Mara's chest... Her head pounded... Mara's heart twisted, radiating out searing pain..." Just then, her enemy arrived to rescue her in more ways than one. Joel Ryan came as a consultant to get her business ready for the new government contract. He arrived in time to take her to the ER where they took care of her broken foot and ordered her to rest. Mara didn't know how to rest and returned to work too soon. Meanwhile, Joel worked out plans to reduce her stress at work and at home. Her daughter, Cadence, offered to help pick photos for her graduation quilt. Mara needed to decide whether she would accept the help offered, so that her heart could heal.
I would highly recommend this book. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
This book touched my heart from the first page. My son lost his first wife and was left with three children. In reading about Mara's difficulties dealing with life after the loss of a spouse really hit home. WHen Mara had her heart attacks and surgery I knew what she was going through because my husband went through it.
This book gives you a warm fuzzy feelings from the first. Mara is struggling to give her all to her children, her job and can't find time for herself. It seems the more she does the "behinder" (my grandmother used to say) she gets. Then Joel Ryan enters the picture at work to help her with redesigning her business. He steps in and helps with her children after taking her to the ER when she has her heart atttack. They start building a strong friendship as she recovers from her surgery. I loved the part with the supprise that Joel and Toby make for Mara and her daughters. Toby is her son. I took longer reading this book because I wanted to savor the special moments in this book.
This book is a good read for either a young adult, preteen or a woman. Some men would enjoy this too. There is no action/adventure. Just love, learning to let God be first, friendship, learning to let go of the one you lost and making a future for herself, her family and putting priorities in place. Yes, with some errors friendship can grow into love.