A Healing Heart, by Melissa A Hanson

A big 4 Stars!

On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident. Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night. Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost. Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin.

Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life. One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living.

As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her new found happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet again.

Outside forces begin to tear them apart and Bailey must learn to trust in herself and realize that she is worthy of happiness. That sometimes love and healing comes in unexpected forms.

A Healing Heart, is a story about first love, life’s unexpected tragedies, and the miracles that make it possible to move forward. 

Melissa A. Hanson lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. Growing up in Southern California, inspiration for the city of “Riverview” is based on her hometown. Melissa enjoys scrapbooking and reading when time permits.

A Healing Heart was her first completed novel, and book 1 of the Riverview Series. It is Bailey & Collin's story.

A Healing Spirit, book 2 has now been released and is book 2 of the Riverview Series. It is Mia & Dylan's story.

Visit Melissa's website - HERE

This was a beautiful book. A real nice teen romance. This book started out with a bang. Then it kinda slacked off for a little bit then got really good again. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that it was a little slow in parts. But I understand Melissa's thinking. During this time there was the building of the relationship and development of the characters - Bailey and Collin, which was vital to the story. 

The character development was great. The story switches back and forth between Bailey and Collin, each being told in first person. This is done very well. Its nice to see both points of view and get their side of the story. I love books that do this.
I love the way Melissa threw in the "other woman" to keep it interesting. And after a few "Awww's" and a couple of "Oh my gosh!'s" this story had a very good ending.

This was a very sweet story with a few twist and surprises. It was very clean, THANK YOU Melissa! This shows you that you can have a great teen romance without all the smut! No sex, no swearing, Yay! So would be appropriate for any age.

Thank you so much Melissa for giving me this e-book to read and review - I really enjoyed it and hope to see more books by you in the future!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


  1. This sounds like a wonderful book Wendy. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

  2. This does sound really interesting, and like something that my daughter and I would really like. It sounds like although it had its slow spots, it was a really involving and thoughtful read. Fantastic review today!