I enjoyed A Healing Spirit, book 2 in the Riverview series just as much as I did book 1, A Healing Heart. I was so excited to journey back to this worI enjoyed A Healing Spirit, book 2 in the Riverview series just as much as I did book 1, A Healing Heart. I was so excited to journey back to this world that I reread book 1 again before I started book 2. I am so glad I did. The characters and story were so fresh in my mind and I loved that I could just continue on with the story and learn more about one of the character's lives. But ... you definitely don't have to read one to enjoy the other.
Melissa's stories start off with an intense scene that just makes the reader want to continue. Mia has a terrible accident and you just have to keep reading to make sure everything is going to be okay. Dylan is the Ski Patrol member who helps Mia through her trauma and he can't seem to get her out of his mind. He feels an instant connection to her.
'You know what I always say ... things happen for reasons. We just don't always know why. Follow your instincts, honey. Listen to your heart.'
As Mia and Dylan get close, Mia can feel that Dylan has something in his past that he can't get over. She just wants to help him but he won't talk about it.
'Whatever happened to him had hurt him deeply, and I might never know what the cause for that pain had been.'
Then the past rears its ugly head and their lives become pretty intense. Let me tell you, you will not want to put the book down when you get to this part!
Melissa has written a very enjoyable, entertaining, sweet story with enough drama going on that was a non-stop read for me. Thanks Melissa, for another wonderful trip to Riverview. I hope there will be more!
'Her spirit had been infectious, as it weaved into my heart.'...more
I love everything Bette writes and The Loft is another one of her stories that I just fell in love with. She writes such beautiful prose with amazingI love everything Bette writes and The Loft is another one of her stories that I just fell in love with. She writes such beautiful prose with amazing and very likable characters. I want to enter the worlds she creates and never leave.
The following is the first line from the book and I just absolutely love the thought of this idea.
'They say that somewhere far beyond what mortals see there is a scale of life, and for each moment of happiness a stone of sorrow is dropped onto the scale.'
The Loft takes us back to Ophelia and Annie, who we first met in The Memory House. Annie is getting married and moving on with her life. These two women have formed such a strong and loving relationship. And they share the love of Memory House. Ophelia comes to a point where she feels she should leave the house and let those younger than herself experience the love she has found there and to make their own memories. But can she leave the memory of her true love, Edward?
'I don’t live here in this house. I’m alive inside your heart. I’ll go wherever you go.'
Bette's books are always filled with such sweet stories, all laced with a little magic. And so much wisdom. I love marking so many of the great passages she writes, they are words to treasure. And reading her books is always such a treat because she intertwines her characters from other books and it is always so wonderful to visit them again.
'Memories are a big comfort, but there are times when you just need a live friend to talk and laugh with.'
One last bit of Bette's wisdom. Read the rest of the book to experience this wonderful journey to the Memory House.
'Nothing is all good or all bad; that’s how you’ve got to look at life. If you see it from one side or the other, you’re just going to make yourself crazy.'...more