Monday, November 5, 2012

VBT: Review: Healing Notes

Healing Notes
by Maggie Jaimeson


Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.

Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn't imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel's life is a mess.

A year of trying to prove to herself that she's woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he's suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she'll know how to be a part of the family she's always wanted.



As she reached for the handle, the door opened and a little girl rushed out, maybe six or seven years old, with beautiful long blond hair caught up in a blue denim bow.  She ran to a light blue sedan next to Rachel’s and giggled as she skipped through puddles circling the car. Rachel couldn’t help but smile at the child’s carefree innocence.

After three circles, the girl stopped at the back end of the car, cocked her head and waved two fingers at her. “Hi.”

“Um, hi.” Rachel raised her hand and waved back. “Did you forget somebody? Your mommy maybe?”

“Claire, I told you to stay close.”

At the sound of the tenor voice beside her, Rachel started.  A man three to four inches taller than her had stepped out. In one hand he held several colorful ribbons attached to a bright pink, heart-shaped helium balloon that read Happy Birthday. He looked toward the car where the child was still giggling.

The little girl raced back. Skidding to a stop in front of Rachel, they bumped and Rachel teetered slightly toward the wall.

“Careful there.” A weathered hand reached toward her and wrapped around her elbow. His touch was softer than she expected, but her knees still locked, ready to spring if she needed to move fast. He held her up with one hand. Deep brown eyes, emphasized by his full head of short, wavy blonde hair, looked at her then turned toward the girl.”

“Apologize, Claire. You almost knocked her over.”

“I’m sorry.” A small hand lifted to touch her other arm.

“That’s okay. Really.  I should have been paying more attention.” Rachel smiled and pointed to the balloon. “Latha breith.”

“Excuse me?”

“Oh, I…” She had lapsed into Gaelic.  Something she hadn’t done in public since Kavan left her almost three years ago. “I said ‘Happy Birthday.’

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

REVIEW: An emotional moving journey, Healing Notes deals with a lot of traumatic events for one woman, and her struggle to overcome them and feel whole again. I couldn't help but sympathize with Rachel, the heroine of this story.  There's a lot of deep soul searching going on in this book as Rachel and the hero, Noel, begin their path to forever.

Rachel is deeply involved in music, until an incident changes things. Now she's learning to cope. Yes, the book deals with some things that can be unsettling to some, but it's definitely an eye opener.

This is my first book my the author, and from the way she writes, it won't be the last. Healing Notes really kept me reading, needing to know how this story would end.


  1. I have already added Healing Notes to my list.


  2. Good excerpt - Can't wait to read this book.

    Thanks for the spotlight

  3. Nikki, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that the difficult emotional journey of Rachel is understood by readers. You are right that it is not an easy read, but then life is often not easy. I'm just glad that I can make sure Rachel gets her happily ever after.

    Ingeborg and Maria, Thank you for stopping by. I always look forward to meeting new readers.

  4. Good excerpt - Can't wait to read this book.

  5. Thanks for the review and excerpt. I think I would enjoy reading this book.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Laurie and Karen, Thank you for following me to another blog. I really appreciate it!

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt thank you & the review. Great to hear another opinion.


  8. Mary, Thank you for stopping by this blog and continuing to follow the tour. Your support is always appreciated.

  9. The drawing for the $25 Gift Card was done this weekend. The winner is Mary Preston, lucky commenter #18. She has been notified of her win.

    For the autographed cover flat giveaway, I've decided to give one to any one who commented and wishes to receive it. Because the cover flat must be snail mailed to you, you will need to send me an email to letting me know the following:

    1. Your mailing address.
    2. If you want the autographed flat endorsed to you. If so, what name should I use?

    I am willing to mail the cover flat to you, no matter where you live in the world. I appreciate all my readers. Thank you for taking the time to follow my review tour and for taking a look at Healing Notes.