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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Family of the Heart
Welcome to the Casa de Vida—eleven quaint bungalows located three blocks from the Pacific Ocean in tiny Seaside Village, California. Owner Liv McAlister never advertises vacancies beyond a small hand-lettered sign out front, preferring to trust that God will send the right tenant at just the right time. And He always does.
Heidi Hathaway’s life has been turned upside down. After an accident leaves her injured, unable to work, and incapable of negotiating the stairs in her multilevel oceanfront condo, she leases her home and moves into a cozy little cottage in the charming garden complex where her friend Piper lives. There she finds so much more than a place to rest and recover.
Piper Keyes knows Jared is not coming back from Afghanistan. After making it through the fifth anniversary of his death, she wonders if she’s at last ready to get on with life. She gingerly explores new avenues—photography, cooking, and buying her own boutique—and learns to open her heart again.
The most comforting thing about living at the Casa is that the women there become each other’s mentors and confidantes, learning from their own mistakes and arriving at new, healed places in their lives.
ButterflyMom5 Stars Out Of 5Good Read!June 10, 2015ButterflyMomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I really enjoyed this next installment in this series and I eagerly await the next one.
Would recommend this to any fan of this Author. I like the spiritual component the Author uses to keep the readers eye on Jesus as the answer to all issues her Characters face. One thing I really like that, to me, sets her writing apart, is the development of the relationships. Slow and steady and realistic.
Ane MulliganSuwanee, GAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I want to live at Casa de VidaApril 21, 2015Ane MulliganSuwanee, GAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those books you don't want to end. I'd read Between Us Girls and fallen in love with the characters. So I was thrilled when Heaven Help Heidi came along. I could see the courtyard of Casa de Vida. I imagined each cottage and felt its ambiance. But most of all, I felt the characters were friends who I want to go visit. I sure hope there are more books coming in this series. I'd love to see what happens to Val. Great book!!
CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Casa de Vida's Occupants will Capture your HeartApril 13, 2015CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Heaven Help Heidi", second in "Family of the Heart" series is one of the best recent Christian novels I've read. Many novels, Christian and otherwise, seem to be wordy just to fill pages so the story is long enough to be sold as a book. But this novel, and the preceding, "Between Us Girls", captured and held my interest to the very end. Casa de Vida is a wonderful place of community. I hope Sally John writes more books for this series.
beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Had What I'd Hoped ForApril 7, 2015beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book. There were a few times the author lost me a little or I felt like I should have more information up front but I think that was just her writing style and it didn't completely mix with my reading style. I would still very much recommend it as a good read. I didn't realize this was a squeal until I had finished the book but I didn't feel like I had missed out from that. The book contained many elements I usually enjoy when reading such as perspectives from different characters, the characters finally getting by the end their true feelings for each other, etc. One thing unique to this storyline that I really appreciated was the community among them and how it drew them in like a family.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Sequel with HeartApril 6, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Heaven Help Heidi is the second novel in Sally Johns Family of the Heart Series, although you dont need to have read Between Us Girls first (althoughas with most seriesit is best to read them in order to avoid spoiling the storylines relating to the recurring characters). The series is set in San Diego, in the Casa de Vida Cottages in the fictional Seaside Village. As with Between Us Girls, the story starts with a young woman who needs a new start moving into Casa de Vida, befriending one of the existing residents, and finding the answers to questions she didnt know she had.
Heidi Hathaway is a successful real estate salesperson, but horrific injuries sustained in a car accident mean she cant drive and she cant navigate the stairs in her beautiful three-story condo. Piper, a business acquaintance, invites her to move into a vacant cottage at the one-level Casa de Vida. Heidi accepts, mostly because she has no other options. Her ongoing health issues mean she cant work to the capacity she used to, which means Val, her friend and boss, is having to take on more and morebut Val has problems too. Piper has her own issues. Her fiance died four years ago, and although she still misses him, shes finally learned to cope without him.
What I thought lifted Heaven Help Heidi above Between Us Girls was the hidden linkages between the characters. Heidi moving into Casa de Vida is the catalyst that forces some of the minor characters to reconsider their perceptions of the past, and to look for reconciliation, and I enjoyed this aspect. The novel has underlying Christian themes, but while several of the characters (especially Liv) are Christians, its not in-your-face preachy Christian fiction (in fact, the Christian aspects felt a bit understated at times).
There is also a touch of romance in the novels (well, perhaps more than a touch). Part of me would like to see more on-page development of the relationship, but I think I see the point Sally John is making by keeping the romance low-key. We cant rely on a man to come in and fix our lives. We have to sort through things with God first, and then we can come to a place where we are ready to share our lives with someone else. Its not that were fixed (are we ever?), but that we know who we are in ourselves and in God. That knowledge and security allows us to open ourselves to new personal and professional possibilities. Thought-provoking.
I really enjoyed Heaven Help Heidi, and Ill be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.