Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Heart Between Us Two Sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List by Lindsay Harrel

The Heart Between UsTwo Sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List

By Lindsay Harrel 

 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 and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, 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.
My Thoughts:
The Heart Between Us will not be my first or last read Linday Harrel. She is an author to be on the watch for! However, before I go any further with my review, there is mention of sexual abuse in this novel, so if that is a trigger for you and you're working towards freedom in that area of your life, maybe hold off on this book.
What I really enjoyed about this book was Megan who is the main character is finally healing from a heart transplant through checking off a bucket-list. This book is filled with hope, faith a romance. Megan has to face her fears and take risks. She sees parts of the world that she used to dream about. 
Faith and family fit perfectly in this book as two sisters overcome the past, hindrances that have kept them from the future and our learning how to live fully in the moment. Forgiveness is a key element. This book feels real and I think that is what gravates the reader to this book. You may even shed a few tears on your way through this book, but you will truly enjoy this book! I give this book 4.5/5 stars. 
About the Author:
Lindsay Harrel
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd with a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in English. She lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Lindsay has held a variety of jobs, including curriculum editor for two universities, medical and business writer, and copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Now she juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with working freelance jobs, teaching college English courses online, and—of course—writing novels.

When she actually has time to do other things, she loves to sing, read, and sip passion iced teas from Starbucks. She loves to watch God work in ordinary lives to create something extraordinary, and she writes to bring hope to those who may have lost it along the way. Connect with her at and any other place she hangs out online, including Facebook and Twitter.

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