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Hallie's Heart

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Mona VanderMolen, an antique dealer in a small Michigan town, is trying to keep her business alive. As Mona faces the uncertainties of her own future, Hallie, Mona's fifteen-year-old niece, suddenly arrives on her doorstep. Guilt-ridden over her sister's drowning several years earlier, Hallie has run off to her aunt's cottage. As the two women work through their problems a...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Kregel Publications
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Author: Shelly Beach
Publisher: Kregel Publications
January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2436-6
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

MoNa VanderMolen owns a struggling antique store and most weekends find her out scouting for rare finds. Life isn't easy in the antique business. She discovers that dealers often outbid her at auctions. Now, someone has offered to buy her out. But Mona's a fighter and she will survive—she hopes.

When Mona goes to her beach house to escape from some problems s...more
Mona is the owner of an antique shop struggling to make a go of her business. But she struggles with more than that – her past is haunted with anguish and guilt. And her teenage niece, Hallie, is caught in the same agony. As their tale unfolds, Beach slowly reveals the story of their painful past, and the hidden guilt they share.

Note: This book won the 2008 Christy Award in the Chick Lit category.

When the book opened, I thought I’d picked up a light read as I tagged along with Mona to an estate...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this pick. Definitely billed as a "Christian Read" it was entertaining as well as wholesome.

15 year old Hallie runs away from her stifling home and straight into the arms of her single aunt, Mona, whom she adored at one time before a terrible accident took the life of Hallie's sister two years prior.

Now trying to forgive herself and her aunt for the accident and gaining the ability to move on with her life, Hallie is in for a lot of life lessons while staying with M...more
Stephanie A.
Ah, so this is what a Christian book looks like. I think I'll be avoiding those in the future, as they pretty much seem like ordinary novels, but I'm not sure whether the refreshing lack of smut is worth the overly abundant name dropping of God. Wavering more around a 2.5, as I'm not sure I really liked it, but the antique-dealer aspect was sort of interesting and neither did I really hate it.
Karen Capps
The delicate handling of the guilt that goes along with the tragedy of losing a loved one when we feel a responsibility for what happened is well worth the read.

Wonderful clarity on God's loving care and His gift of free will. highly recommend
I could not put it down.
Aug 29, 2008 Laurie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laurie by: Author
I had the privilege of meeting, listening to, and corresponding with the author who is a funny, warm, inspiring woman of God. Her book is equally inspiring, hard to out down, and a great reminder that God loves us no matter how "unlovable" we think we are.
Keri Kolpanen
I really enjoyed this book!! Reading about Lake Michigan & places near it was awesome....gave me one of a real picture of where some of the things took place. A great book to read this summer!!
June Guymon
A touching family story that might make you cry at the end.
Aug 03, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read
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