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Heart transplant recipient Megan has always envied her twin Crystal's "perfect" life. When her donor's parents deliver their daughter's journal complete with a bucket list, Megan decides to fulfill each item and Crystal asks to join her for reasons of her own. They must mend their tenuous relationship so Megan can find a balance between safety and adventure.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2018|
"Lindsay Harrel has penned a charming story that is sure to touch the hearts of her readers. Through the stories of Megan and her sister Crystal, readers get a glimpse of adventure, restoration, conquered fears, and realized dreams. Lindsay will no doubt win readers with this heartfelt story." Lauren K. Denton, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Hideaway and Hurricane Season, on The Heart Between Us
From award-winning author Lindsay Harrel comes a powerful story of adventure, healing, and learning how to live life to the fullest.
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 wasnt enough to propel Megans life forward. Shes still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take "once shes well enough." Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect lifeor so Megan thinks.
When her heart donors parents give Megan their teenage daughters journalcomplete with an unfulfilled bucket listMegan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleba friend from her years in and out of the hospitalreenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. Shes 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 shes been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.
"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." Catherine West, author of Where Hope Begins
"I love this story of facing our fears. Harrel pens a clever, well-written love story between two sisters, the men in their lives and the dreams of a heart donor. Life is more f letting than we know, and this timeless story reminds us to love well." Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author, on The Heart Between Us
"The Heart Between Us is an absolute gem of a story. The intriguing premise drew me in from the start, but it was the authentic characters and their relatable struggles that kept me reading. I especially loved getting to travel vicariously through Megan and Crystal! A heart-tugging, not-to-be-missed book from an author who belongs on your keeper shelf." Melissa Tagg, author of the Walker Family series
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Shes held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When shes not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.
'There is so much to love about Harrel's charming new novel, and it touches the heart in a way that will likely leave the reader gushing over it!'
'Narration by both Meg and Crystal, full of emotion and soul-searching, will resonate with anyone who has struggled to see another point of view. Both characters are drawn as independent and persistent, occasionally to their detriment, but not too stubborn to get past stumbling blocks. Harrel's second novel is a charmingly gentle read that will please those who enjoy faith-based, hopeful fiction with a delightfully positive tone.'
'Faith and religion are well integrated into the story to provide an uplifting message of hope, optimism and courage.'
'Harrel's second book is a well-crafted, compelling story about love, hope, relationships, family importance, and God's trustworthiness.'
'A tenderhearted story of second chances, Harrel's sophomore effort pairs expressive language with well-drawn characters and will attract admirers of Laura Frantz and Melissa Tagg.'