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A Healing Heart

Title:  A Healing Heart (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Angela Breidenbach
Pages:  236
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Abingdon
Mara Keegan is a 39-year-old widow of three years with three teenage children.  She is singlehandedly running every aspect of the business she and her husband started.  She is burned out, but made a promise to her husband on his death bed that she would continue the company and make it successful as that was their dream together.  She has a love of art and teaching, but that has fallen by the wayside these last years as she has spent hours upon hours working.  She feels she has missed so much of her children’s lives, but doesn’t know what to do about it.  She also has kept her distance from church and God as she thinks he took her husband away from her.
Joel Ryan is a divorced businessman who hopes the Mara doesn’t remember him from a few years ago.  He had made an attempt to take over her business via a hostile takeover.  His attempt failed, and now he is here to help her as a business coach.  He has sold his business, become a Christian and enjoys helping others in the business world succeed.  He meets Mara for the first time face-to-face along with her children.  He is instantly smitten, but keeps that to himself.  Through a series of events, he begins to spend more and more time with Mara and her family.  He wants them to be his family permanently, but can they see past their grief of losing their father/husband to see who God has placed in their lives now?
There was a little too much information about sewing a quilt for my taste as I’m not a quilter.  One of the stories I read in this series, which I enjoyed very much, didn’t focus so much on the quilt aspect.  I did like how Joel took the lead in spiritual matters for Mara and her family and how he confessed his past mistakes and took responsibility for them.  He didn’t try to hide what he had done, but acknowledge his errors and sought forgiveness.  I thought it was great that he pitched right in to help wherever he saw a need without expectation of thanks or recognition.  I also enjoyed the closeness of the three Keegan siblings.  How I wish all siblings could share such closeness!  I will be reading other books in this series, so keep a look out here!
My rating is 4 stars.

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