Friday, November 8, 2013

VBT Review: Let Love Heal


Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you?
Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.
Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.
Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  I'll start off by saying I haven't read the first two books, but I felt like Let Love Heal is good as a standalone. It has a bit of reflecting on other characters, and the author did a good job keeping me up to date on things and not confusing being a first time reader of this series, it stands alone well. That being said, I definitely want to read the first two, as I enjoyed Let Love Heal, and the characters.

Melanie feels that she is less than perfect. She doesn't always feel worthy. Her problems stem from striving to be perfect, from things in her past. She's always tried to be the best, but now in college, things are a little different for her.

She's got a boyfriend, Bryan, but things are grim looking for them, at least, that's how she sees it right now.  The story jumps from past to present, so it shows some beginnings of her relationship with Bryan, and how she felt then, to what's going on now. The characters go through ups and downs that are very true to life, so I could relate to and felt very sympathetic towards Melanie and even Bryan. This is a well done story full of emotions, laughs, cries, and characters that I was rooting for.  Couldn't put it down! I'm looking forward to more from the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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