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Healed By Love

(The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,781 ratings  ·  210 reviews

Nate Braden has loved his best friend's younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he's always kept his feelings at bay. Now he's back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old--but there's an even bigger obstacle standing in
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Published June 11th 2015
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Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2017, 4-stars

Nate Braden has been in love with his best friend, Rick’s, sister for years. But he never made his move because at first she was too young and then he was enlisted in the military so he didn’t want to tell her how he felt before he returned, too afraid he wouldn’t return from war. But his dream of finally telling Jewel the truth died the day Rick was killed during a routine mission he had ordered. But Nate had promised Rick that he would take care of his family and that is what Nate intends to d

Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
On the one hand, this was a sweet (ok, treacly) romance with well developed characters (that you've read a thousand times before), and a conflict that drove the story (using mostly whiny inner monologues). On the other, it was an over written, under edited pastiche of the genre.

I'm being too hard on this book, but Jewel was unbearable & Nate's only flaw was misplaced guilt, so he was kind of boring. But final straw for me was that the conflict could have been solved on page 2 if everyone involv
I did try to finsh it because I used to love friends-to-lovers stories. However, the repeat of their internal struggle was too much.
Ren nerdychampagne
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, adult
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I'm in love. I'm dying in love. Character development at its finest. I'm in love.

YOU CAN ALSO READ MY REVIEW (since a few days ago but well) AT NERDYCHAMPAGNE

This is my first Melissa Foster book mainly because I haven’t read the other two in my Kindle… and those have been there since, like,… forever…

I’m sorry.

Let me make this review short.

It’s short, lovely and romantic and sweet and quiet…

First off, the characters were beautifully flawed. Someti
Rosie Amber
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Healed By Love is from the Love in Bloom series and is #13 of The Bradens. These books can all be read as stand alone books, so don't worry that you need to start with book 1 in any of the series which branch off from this.

Melissa Foster's books are easy read hot romances, with sexy men, strong women and HEA endings. In this book we meet Nate Braden, a 27 year old ex-soldier with a huge bucket load of guilt and a long standing secret love for his best friend's sister.

Jewel Fisher is 22. She work
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Nate had loved Jewel for years . . .

Overall 4 out of 5 stars
Performance 3 out of 5 stars
Story 5 out of 5 stars

Nate Braden had been in love with his best friends sister. The best friends he sent out to die. The best friend that he loved like a brother. Nate Braden was doing his job. The very job that took away something/someone very precious to him and the family he left back at home.

I loved this one because Nate carried a burden. You could see it with the words he said and the actions
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Healed By Love is a friends to lovers, sort of second chance story. It combines sweet small town romance and sexy heat with lots of chemistry between the main characters.
Nate Braden has always loved Jewel, his best friend Rick’s kid sister. Nate returns from his tour overseas as a hero, but Rick didn’t make it home and Nate harbors so much guilt. He tries to keep his distance while still watching out for Jewel as a promise to Rick.
Jewel has been on her own and doesn’t know if she wants the com
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nate has been in love with his best friends daughter, Jewel for the longest time. Though five years younger than him, it didn’t stop him for falling. He watched her grow over the years, and never quite could get her out of his head. Out of respect for Rick, his friend Nate wasn’t about to see where things could go but that didn’t stop him from thinking about her all the time.

Grief hits the family when Rick and Jewel lose their father. Stepping up to the plate to help handle his family before Nat
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)

Nate Braden has always been in love with his best friend Rick's younger sister, but he would never break the bro code, so he's kept silent about his feelings. Just when he's ready to come clean about his feelings for Jewel, tragedy strikes and he's left with a lost opportunity and a guilt that overshadows everything else. It's been two years and Nate has left the military to return to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland and help with the family business while he figures out his future and he'll be checkin

Ruthie Taylor
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

Melissa Foster has built a whole world around the families that feature in this interlinked series of 12 or 13 books so far. I have not read them all, but they stand up well to being read alone.

The story is easy to read, inevitable in its outcome, but so enjoyable in the telling. I may have needed a tissue or two, but that is nothing new for Ms Foster's stories. Her characters are well rounded, have clearly understandable tr
This is the first book I've ever read from Melissa Foster. I actually don't know the order I need to begin with her books, as there are a lot of them and a lot of overlap in some series.

Healed by Love drew me in with some sweet characters that I quickly became invested in. The hero and heroine have much emotional baggage to let go of, but they really do work things out with good communication.

Sweet read, and not too difficult on your lady balls.

4 stars.
I struggled with this one. Although it was sweet, it was FINE. Much of it was what I've seen before and I didn't feel like this one brought anything new to the table. I just kept thinking ... why don't you just TALK to each other. It just never came together for me and will, unfortunately, likely be pretty forgettable for me. If you love the Bradens/Love in Bloom series,' this might be perfect for you but I just never connected to it. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet easy to read story with a predictable outcome. The main two characters have a bunch of emotional baggage that they need to let go of. You may need a tissue or two. The characters are well rounded and you just want to read more of this series.
Sterna Kruger
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s a Melissa Foster Novel … and it’s a Braden – ‘nuff said. It’s already my favourite … until the next Braden’s story of course. Sigh.

I have had the pleasure of being a part of almost all of the Braden’s lives. (Yes, even If I’m on my couch only reading their story I am still absolutely there, don’t judge) And what a journey it has been!

Miss Foster, you have introduced us to such an amazing family and their friends, sharing their stories of heart ache, forgiveness, fear and love in such a sp
Nancy Stopper
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I have read a number of Melissa Foster books - stand alone as well as many of the Snow Sisters, Bradens, and Remingtons. I have loved most of the books she's written, but honestly, this book really touched me in a way the others haven't. There is so much that is so real about this book. The fact that both Nate and Jewel have been nursing feelings for each other for so long, and these feelings are wound around their feelings of loss and grief, gives this book a depth than others I've read haven't ...more
Mignon Mykel
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5 stars

Received a review copy in exchange for an honest review; full tour post with excerpt(s)/quote(s) can be found at original posting:

Melissa Foster is expanding those Bradens!

HEALED BY LOVE is book one in the Peaceful Harbor, Maryland Bradens, and features Nate; the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor will focus on Nate and his five siblings. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but think how in the world does Melissa keep coming up with all of these
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Melissa Foster has created and built a whole world that surrounds a family and their relatives. The books are intertwined with other relative which gives you a huge reading experience. We get to live with different Bradens (and others) in different places and each of them have their own unique story. While I have not read them all, they all stand up well as being stand alones but you can also see past characters and how the relate and interact.

Nate and Jewel have such an emotional journey in thi
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Healed by Love by Melissa Foster is book #25 in the Love in Bloom Series, Book #13 in The Bradens Series, and Book #1 in The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor Series. Nate Braden has five siblings and they are the second cousins to The Bradens.

Now that that's out of the way, let me say what a great start to this new series! Nate Braden is ex-military and has been pining for his best friend's little sister for longer than he thinks he should have, but does she feel the same?

Jewel Fisher is Rick's little
Isha Coleman
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Healed By Love captured all of the elements of romance. Unrequited love, heartbreak, coming of age, second chances and loss. Jewel was just as feisty as she was naive. Nate's inner struggles of guilt, pain and the horrific things seen and experienced while within the military caused him to close himself off. Melissa Foster has created a classic love story with modern day drama. Never ceases to amaze me how she can take an emotional story and make you feel so much while on the journey. Yet always ...more
Shelley Youngblood
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Healed By Love is a part of Melissa Foster's Love in Bloom series, book 25. It is a part of the More Bradens at Peaceful Harbor stories. It can be read as a stand alone or as a part of the series.

In this story, you meet Nate Braden and Jewel Fisher. For as long as Nate can remember he has been in love with his best friend's little sister, but there are multiple reasons why he can't pursue her. Whether it be age, timing or the sheer respect he has for his best friend Rick, he is doing everything
Books and Spoons
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nate and Jewel's story is an emotional journey. Jewel has had so much loss and sorrow in her young life, she has lost both her father and brother. She has dedicated her life to help her family, locking emotions inside, holding control on all the fronts, to avoid any further loss in her life, as long and as much as possible. She never really took the time to mourn for her brother, and lots of pain, sorrow, and sadness is locked inside her heart.
Nate loves Jewel, and everyone in town knows it, exc
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So first, confession time...this is my very first time reading a Melissa Foster book. It definitely won't be my last, not by a longshot. Since I haven't read any others, I can safely say that you don't need to have read any other Braden book to be able to enjoy Healed By Love.

Let me tell you--these characters, both main and secondary, are down to earth, very well developed, and right from the start I felt like I was coming into a family. As for the leads, it's your classic brother's best friend
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another Melissa Foster Series with those amazingly sexy Braden's!! We get to meet the COlorado Braden's cousins in Peaceful Harbor, MD! They sound every bit as good looking & sexy!

This book is centered around Jewel and Nate. Nate grew up knowing Jewel's family, because he was best friends with Jewel's older brother, Rick. Rick and Nate entered the military together, and were overseas together. Unfortunately Rick didn't make it home.

Nate and Jewel had been hiding their feelings for one another f
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book in the Love in Bloom series. Melissa Foster has don it again with another great read. This can be read as a stand alone as it is the 1st of the Braden's of Peaceful Harbor.

All of the characters are very likeable and well written. They grow throughout the book and heal old wounds through love. Jewel is dealing with the death of her father and brother who both died years ago. She feel that now being the oldest sibling, she has to help her mom at home and in a sense put her l
Stephanie M
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nate and Jewel come from a small town, where Nate was best friends with Jewel's brother Rick. Nate has loved Jewel for years but kept his feelings hidden. Back from his tour, Nate is plagued with the guilt of the loss of his best friend Rick, but continues to fight his feelings of love for Jewel.
Jewel is in her 20's and has not been interested in pursuing a relationship like most women her age, instead she focuses on caring for her 3 younger siblings while her mother is working and taking class
Stephanie Keyes
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nate Braden has harbored a long-time love for his best friend’s little sister, Jewel, for practically his entire life. Even when he was stationed in Afghanistan with Jewel’s brother, Rick, Nate clung to her photo the way other soldier’s did to pictures of their wives. Now, Nate’s finally home–without Rick. His feelings are still as alive as ever for Jewel, but how can he be with her when he made the call that resulted in Rick’s death?

This was my first introduction to The Bradens series and this
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Nate and Jewel known each other for a while but she was his best friends younger sister and he wasn't going to get into it. Its been year and his best friend died during a routine check and Nate is going through survivor guilt feeling like he had something to do with it. Its been two years since the death of her brother and Jewel is having a hard time deal thing with and has come up with routines and such to keep herself busy not leaving much time to have a life. Nate is holding the secret of hi ...more
J.B (Debbie)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you fall for your best friend's sister? You run like hell and join the army. That's exactly what Nate did. But, as Jewel blossomed into a beautiful young woman, Nate could no longer keep his feelings for her in check. Jewel herself has feelings for Nate and the passionate feelings her evokes in her hit like a thunderbolt. The complication? Nate feels responsible for her brother Rick's death.
Healed by love explored some hard hitting issues, such as grief, loss, guilt,trying
Laura Frost
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Healed by Love is part a series of contemporary love stories by Melissa Foster. This time we meet Nate Braden, a former solider returning home without his best friend. War is hard enough when you do not have to send those you have grown up with into danger, but Nate does not have that luxury.

Nate has loved his best friend's little sister for as long as he can remember, but there have always been obstacles in his way, first their age, then the war, and now that has returned home, survivor's gui
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The way you live your life is sometimes predicated on things that have happened in your past. It can take a sledgehammer to break through and that is exactly what it took for Jewel to let go of her past and learn to live again. Of course it took Nate to break through--after he had broken through a couple of whoppers in his past. Like sending his best friend and Jewels brother on a mission which caused his friend his life. How these two come together after loving each other their entire lives-eve ...more
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