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On a secluded beach in North Carolina, three lonely people find hope in each other.

Trish Evers is an artist and single mother, who has inherited her grandmother's Bed and Breakfast in a North Carolina coastal town. Though she must sell the house, she decides to bring her daughter to the beach for one last summer vacation in her childhood town.

Bella is a six-year-old girl w
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Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published March 2011 by Astraea Press (first published February 27th 2011)
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Charlotte Blackwell
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Heartsight" is an amazing read. This book is not only well written, but well planned and tugs at your heart just the right amount. I completely fell in love with the three main character's in the story and equally hated the villain.

This story touches on a little something for everyone. If you don't have some experience with the topics, you will at least have knowledge of them. This is a heartwarming, light read that you will love. You will be wishing to have love like this, if you don't alread
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Inga
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My review:

I absolutely loved this book. It was heartwarming, sweet and touched several important issues like prejudice, parenting and understanding your path in life. It was well-written, characters were plausible and believable and the plot was well above average.

Regarding the plot:

Trish is a divorced mom of Bella who has Down syndrome and she has escaped to a beach in North Carolina to paint and give her daughter a possibility to spend her last summer in her childhood town. Trish needs to empt
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Jean
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's not often you are treated to the perfect love story, beautifully written. Here it is, Heartsight. It has everything, drama, love, conflict, humor and above all warmth. No, it doesn't have steamy sex but the sexual tension in this story could start three fires simultaneously! I fell in love with the hero, Dan, a blind Marine, right from the start. Bella as the charming, challenged child and Trish, her over-protective mother, won me over immediately. If you don't read any other love story, be ...more
Tamara
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A sweet heart warming love story. As the mother of a special needs child I have great affection for well written stories about people with special needs. This story showcases a Marine blinded in an IED explosion and a 6 year old child with Down's Syndrome and her mother. Throw in a hurricane and a creepy ex with ulterior motives and you have an amazing read!
Elaine Cantrell
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A lovely read, full of emotion.
Katrina
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if the beholder cannot see then they must alone rely upon their heart to tell them.

Heartsight is a truly inspiring story of hope and love that overcomes many challenges.

Trish Evers is an artist, teacher and a mother to six year old Bella. Bella has Down syndrome, and has been outcast by her father and left to live her life alone with her mother Trish. Trish has returned home to North Carolina, to pack up her grandmothers possessions, and sell
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Sophia
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to receive a book from the author of this book for review a little while back because it put me onto a good author that I might not have found on my own. In the meantime, I've picked up a couple more of her books including this one because the blurbs sounded so good. I couldn't resist the idea of a story about a marine who lost his sight in the line of duty falling in love with a single mom and her daughter who happens to have Down's Syndrome. It was such a special heartwarming story ...more
Nancy Kimball
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dan Conway is quite simply the man of every woman's dreams in a perfectly believable and beautifully wounded way. Trish is a single mom just trying to make it with a daughter who has Down syndrome and can't afford to let her daughter become attached to a stranger they'll have to say goodbye to at the end of the summer. For a classically put together romance, I was surprised at how very much the character of Bella the daughter controlled the story. I will never look at another child with Down syn ...more
Terry
The hallmark of a "keeper" book for me is that when I am done, I can't stop thinking about the characters. Dan, Trish and most especially, Bella have taken up residence in my mind since I closed the last page of this book. (Okay that's figuratively speaking since I read it on my ereader.)

The story of a man who has isolated himself from the world since a war injury took his sight four years ago, and his budding relationship with a charming six year who happens to have Downs Syndrome is heartwarm
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Iris Blobel
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a kind of story readers can only dream of. I loved the book and yes, it's another one of those where I fell in love with the cover, BUT this time I read the blurb before purchasing it.

I do have to admit though that it took me a while until I got into the story. The constant breaks made me put it aside very often, personally I thought they interrupted the flow and it got irritating. It didn't do much harm to the story though. Springsteen did a great job creating a plot with a single moth
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Dianne
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolutely wonderful book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in one sitting because I simply couldn't put it down. This book touched me, it was very special and I quickly fell in love with Dan, Trish and Bella. Gary, Tricia's ex-husband gave me the creeps, I dislike people like that! I was ready to dislike Jill his new fiancé and I was pleasantly surprised by my reaction to her. I love reading romance books that have children as main characters and I thought Bella was very well wri ...more
Lhenry
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
On the short side, sweet without being over the top, Heartside was a surprisingly good read. The footsie/20 questions scene really shone through and the rescue scene at the end kept me on the edge of my seat
deb
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sweet and nice romance. There was a certain depth I felt the story lacked and this is the reason I gave it 3 stars.
Bethany Swafford
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chance meeting on a North Carolina beach brings an unexpected bond between three people who need each other more than they realize.

I love it when authors give their characters time to develop a relationship. I was also pleased that Trish and Dan are upfront with their attraction to each other, even if they both think nothing will come of it. Bella is a sweetheart and steals the show every time she is on the page.

While the story remains clean, it does get a little "hot and heavy" at times, in m
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Katrina
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if the beholder cannot see then they must alone rely upon their heart to tell them.

Heartsight is a truly inspiring story of hope and love that overcomes many challenges.

Trish Evers is an artist, teacher and a mother to six year old Bella. Bella has Down syndrome, and has been outcast by her father and left to live her life alone with her mother Trish. Trish has returned home to North Carolina, to pack up her grandmothers possessions, and sell
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Bea  Charmed
I was uncertain about this book when I started it. Although I had agreed to review it when the author asked, a part of me worried that I would find it too sweet or mushy. I didn't realize, until after I read it, that the publisher (who also put out another book I reviewed, "The Perfect Rose") specializes in non-erotic, wholesome romances. Still, I tried to go into it with an open mind. I'm glad that I took the chance.

"Heartsight" is sweet, and definitely plays to your emotions but it's also nice
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Krystal
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare instances of story-telling where the author manages to bring to life some very unique characters and explore the passion that exists between two people without resorting to scenes of a sexual nature. That's right. There is nothing in this story hotter than a few steamy kisses. And it was so refreshing! Seriously - while I enjoy a good sex scene as much as the next person, all too often they overshadow the book and the actual romance of the characters so to watch these t ...more
Jessica Knauss
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got the honor of proofing the last galleys of this book. Normally, I don't pick up romance novels, so I'm glad I got this opportunity to step outside of my normal reading. Kay Springsteen delivers a stirring love story full of well-crafted language, vivid imagery, and hope in Heartsight.

Heartsight is the story of Trish, the now single mother of Bella, a delightfully drawn girl with Down Syndrome. Although Bella's father couldn't handle her different needs, she is the center of her mother's lif
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Joan
This was an enjoyable read for the most part. However, (view spoiler) ...more
BonSue Brandvik
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Heartsight", Kay Springsteen tells a tender, emotionally satisfying love story between Trish, the single mother of Bella, a young child afflicted with Down's Syndrome, and Dan, a Marine who was blinded in combat four years earlier. Trish and Dan meet on a coastal beach in NC, where they both grew up. They resist their growing attraction for one another, each believing the other deserves someone better. When Trish's ex-husband shows up, suddenly demanding custody of six-yr-old Bella, circumst ...more
Klgrissom
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a fun Romance. It was what I was in the mood for. Not too much drama romance. The main love interest was very good. I really like him. The Ex husband was a Jerk, but was supposed to be. I am quite sure no one would like him, but that was the point, it might have been a little two over the top on making him the bad guy, but it worked, I really didn't like him at all. I loved the little girl, she was very sweet, and made the love story have a really down to earth element that I liked.

I w
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Joy
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dan Conyers is blind. He carries phyicsal and emotional scars, but he's anything but helpless. This ex-military man was of the hottest heros I've met in a long time. Kudos to the author for taking her leading man in a brand new direction.

I normally review Christian fiction, and probably wouldn't have read this if I had known it didn't really fit that category, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Heartsight is a sweet/contemporary romance and a quick read. Springsteen crafted characters that wormed
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Englishrose
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. I must say when I first picked it up I thought the author was biting off more than she could chew with so many dynamics to the story, but she did a wonderful job with it. The main characters are strong and plausible in their actions and emotions. It was not a book that I had to pretend that it worked - it was compelling and realistic. Though there are not many characters in the story, I fell in love with all of them. The plot kept up a steady pace and kept me intrigued ...more
Romancing the Book
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by Karen
Ebook provided by author for review

Heartsight is a fabulous story. It is very well written with nicely developed and believable characters. There’s a good storyline, with an even pace that encourages you to keep turning the pages. I fell in love with Dan, Trisha and Bella; each one of them was very special. I didn’t like Trish’s ex-husband, though. But you can decide that for yourself when you read the book.

Heartsight is an easy and fun read – I absolutely loved it! I read it in
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Amanda
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing from the very start. Dan is blind from being in the Marines and is down and upset about it. He sits alone on the beach and is lonely. Bella is 6 and has Downs Syndrom and she and Dan make the perfect match. Bella was rejected by her dad at birth and only has her mom Trish. They are new to the area because of Trish inherrited her grandmothers bed and breakfast.
Bella loves being at the beach and collecting shells, she also loves to follow Dan around! This seems to be no pro
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Michela Walters
I liked this book, but the ending felt a bit rushed. I guess with the Hurricane upon them, they needed you to feel that sense of urgency, but IDK. It seemed a bit like she just wanted to be done writing the book. I loved the beginning of the book and its pacing, the bond you could feel between Bella, Trish and Dan. Overall, a unique and enjoyable book. My disappointment is only in the hurried feel of the end.
Meg Mims
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I expected Heartsight to be a fast read, but its in-depth emotion made me slow down to savor the tugging-the-heartstrings story line. Dan Conway, a blinded Marine, meets Trish Evers and her Down Syndrome child, Bella, and forms a strong bond of friendship. Trish struggles with loss at many levels, especially when her ex-husband sues for custody of their child. The gripping climax at the lighthouse kept me turning pages as well, delivering a satisfying twist. Kudos to Kay Springsteen!
Liz
Jan 28, 2012 added it
Great book. Well written. Beautiful relationships developed. The characters were very complex. Things that struck me as setting this book apart:
1. The compassionate portrayal of the complex relationship between a mother and her child with down syndrome.
2. The fact that the book shed light on down syndrome. There aren't many books out with prominant characters with disabilities.
3. The fact that the hero was blind.
Belkis
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audios-done
Nice light quick read. Very easy to get into and enjoyable enough. Really liked that the storyline dealt with main characters that had physical challenges and the story focused on the positives of the human spirit. Trish, Dan, and Bella made a cute romantic story and I was satisfied with their happily ever after.
Robin Clemons
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story about a veteran & a very special little girl

Intriguing story that shows life is never simple. Great read for young and old alike. Life always sends a curve when we least expect it.
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