I realize it’s early in the year and this is likely to change over the course of 2018, but I just finished a book that is my new favorite of the year (thus far).
In My Opinion
When I read the description of this book, I thought it sounded like such a great concept. Turns out it was so much more than I had hoped for. I adored this book so much, it just might be one everyone gets from me this year (and that includes one of you, keep reading to enter the giveaway for your own copy).
This is a story about two sisters—twins—who are at different but the same place in life. They’ve grown apart but when Megan decides to embark on a trip in order to fulfill her heart donor’s bucket list, her sister decides to join her.
There are so many feels in this book. Between Amanda’s (the young woman who lost her life but gave Megan a heart) experiences through journal entries, Megan’s discovery of who she is post-surgery, and Crystal’s own revelations, you just may need to keep a few tissues handy.
But oh, the healing that takes place in this book. The life these two sisters have yet to live, and the fabulous places they visit (the pyramids, the Great Wall, London, Paris, and more) are all so well crafted by Lindsay Harrel, readers are taken along on a ride they won’t soon forget.
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About the Book
Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, adventure, and learning how to live life to the fullest.
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 in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, 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.