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A Healing Spirit

(Riverview #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  101 reviews
A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.

Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can’t shake her from his thoughts.

As Mia fights for he
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 16th 2015 by mah
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Bea Casallecchio
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Melissa what have you done with me?


So this book tells Mia's story. One of Bailey's best friend. The book starts on a winter day right before Thanksgiving, where Mia and all her friends go on a ski trip.
As I was expecting, there was an accident with Mia, and she meets green eyed Southern boy (oh god, already in love), Dylan.
They have a connection instantly. This is the second book in the Riverview series, as in A Healing Heart, there is a little love triangle going on,
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ugh, absolutely loved this one too! It's fairly late for me to be up... That's how badly I had to finish reading. The last 100 pages or so keep you on your toes wanting more and I knew I wouldn't go to bed not knowing what was going to happen next. Usually I can go to sleep and continue the following day, nope.. Not with this one!! How I've managed to stay up this late is beyond me... But this story was just as amazing! I have no doubt the next book(s) will be just as amazing! I fell hard for Dy ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

Mia has a wonderful outlook on life. She is a fighter and doesn't stop believing in what she sees as a worthy cause. She is about to find herself in the middle of a very near and dear to her heart kind of cause. One day while skiing with her friends, Mia suddenly falls off of a ski lift. One minute she is sitting in the chair with two of her best friends and the next minute, she falls thirty feet and is lying on the ground in a ball.

After she falls, two guys from ski patrol come to her rescue. D
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is the second book in this Riverview series. I read and reviewed the first book not too long ago. As a reviewer, I don't always love the books I am reviewing. That goes without saying. But, I do believe that when I read a first book by an author, and don't really love it, I should give them another chance. Sometimes authors get better as they go, sometimes I get better as I go. :) Either way, I believe in second chances. I didn't really love the first book in this series but I had already s ...more
Kathryn Cooper
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on Kathryn Cooper Writes

Just look at the cover picture! You know you’ll love this book! I read Melissa A. Hanson’s first book a few years ago. This is the 2nd in the series, but it’s from a different character. So you don’t have to read book 1, but you should because it was always a great read! Characters from the first book are in this book too.

I loved reading Mia’s story. She was a tough chicka. I think many of us become super tough when put in terrible situations. I don’t want to g
books are love
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Healing Spirit (Riverview Series #2) by Melissa A. Hanson

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Where to start.This is a very uplifting story. The two main characters Mia and Dylan are so interesting. Mia has to fight so much in this book that to see her always positive and upbeat is amazing. Dylan starts to relax and be more upbeat due to his love for Mia.

The story has many point of views. We have the two main characters Mia and Dylan, Bailey one of Mia's BFFs and one who understands what both Mia and Dylan are going through, Mia's mom who we
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)

This is the second book in the Riverview series and it can be read as a stand-alone. I did not read book one, and I must confess, this is my first time reading Melissa Hanson's work. Based on the title I was expecting an emotional read, and it did not disappoint. A Healing Spirit is a story of unconditional love that will engage all your emotions and leave you craving for more.I enjoyed reading about all the characters. The character development was good. Their portrayal made it easy for me to
Katie W
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, winter
(2.5 Stars) I found it interesting that the author takes a real-life event, as explained at the end of the book, and turns it into a novel. There were moments that I was drawn into the story, but there were also moments that fell a little flat for me.

Mia is a black diamond, nineteen year old, snowboarder and in a freak accident, she falls from the lift and is injured. Almost half of the book revolves around that incident and the hospital stay afterward. My biggest issue with the book is there a
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book was hard for me to get into. There were so many characters who had the story told from their point of view. Sometimes the points of view overlapped when it didn't seem necessary.

That being said, I did like that the story focused on some issues that may affect young people. One of Mia's best friends wants more to their relationship than friendship. She handled the situation sensitively and let him know he was important to her.

Mia takes a fall from a ski lift chair. Her recovery is not
Habiba Hasabo
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it

I am not lucky with this author/series, am I?
Once more I am not lucky. I didn't feel it. It was just off.

I loved Mia's book a little bit more. She was a bright character. Full of enthusiasm and always positive. She focused on the good things and wanted to be better. I loved how she stood by Dylan and didn't leave him.

"Things happen for reasons. We just don't always know why. Follow your instincts, honey. Listen to your heart."~

I felt the connect
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ended up giving me an extremely warm and fuzzy feeling in my hest *enters a sighing emoji


"I’m lucky to have you, and I’m not letting you go. I am here for you. No matter what. "

It really brought me chills regarding how in love Dylan and Mia were.It let me to have fantasies about how it will be like to fall in love with someone that loves you so much and is willing to accept every single part of you.


But I have to admit, I have second thoughts whether this kind of love is real. There
Tara Lee
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally like to review a novel that's not first in a series without having read books before it. But A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson, book 2 in the Riverview series, is a standalone novel so I didn't have to worry about not being caught up with the story.

The long and short of it is this: Mia is seriously injured and has to be hospitalized and undergoes a few surgeries to try and fix all of her broken bits. Dylan is a member of the Ski Patrol and, along with his friend, saves Mi
Kris Mauna
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reading, romantic
A Healing Spirit is full of the perfect ingredients - love, friendship, family, and drama!

I was completely intrigued reading the first half of this story. It was easy to fall in love with the characters, especially our main one Mia, she was very likable from the beginning. My favorite part was reading about Mia's recovery because I couldn't predict anything that was happening. I never knew if she was going to end up making it or not. It felt very real, and at one point I felt my eyes get blurry
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mia is a college student who gets into a serious accident while skiing and is "saved" by many ski patrol members and doctors, but most importantly by Dylan. He is swoon-worthy character and cares for Mia simply after first sight at the accident. He spends countless trips and hours going to visit her at the hospital with barely knowing the girl, and he is protective and faithful to the women in his life that he loves (women being his mom and Mia).

It's hard to describe a lot of what I enjoyed abou
Amy Leibenguth
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story was really sweet. I did not read book one in this series. It is definitely a standalone story. Mia is a 19 yo who is going to community college and trying to figure out what to do with herself. All her friends have gone off to college, so when they are back in town for the holiday, she wants to do something fun and hang out with them. The story opens and you just know something bad is going to happen. The accident happens early on in the book, during which time, Dylan, who works on sk ...more
Jae Juniper
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A healing spirit is the second book in the riverview series. I haven't read the first book. While I guessed there was a prior story to this one, it wasn't necessary to read the first story. I appreciate that this was one complete story. Mia and Dylan meet through a disastrous accident at a ski resort. It was interesting to find out that this is based on actual events and made me think about practicing safe skiing and the importance of donating blood in general. This girl goes through many differ ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book should have a warning that it contains triggers for survivors of domestic violence. That being said, I found this to be a good book. Although it is part of a series it is great as a standalone novel. Mia is excited to be spending some time with her friends on the ski slopes snowboarding. Mia drives her friends up the mountain in an uneventful drive. Once on the chair lift, Mia is involved in a horrible accident. Dylan is the first
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The story starts out in Riverview about an hour from the mountains and ski resorts. Mia, our heroine, and her friends are excited to go up to the ski resort for a day of snow boarding and companionship before everyone returned to school. Natasha, Bailey, Collin and Quinn and Mia got into the ski lift and then part way up the lift stopped and Mia shifted forward too far and fell. From here the story is about Mia's recovery and about Dylan, a member of the ski resort's rescue team, and Mia coming ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Healing Spirit
( Riverview Series Book 2)

Melissa A. Hanson


4.5 Stars

Five friends all home from college decide to go skiing. All are having a great time until an unexpected freak accident happens. While Mia fights for her life the other wait. Natasha,Quinn, Collin and Baily, along with her parents and brother sit and wait for some good news from the doctors. Dylan one of the search and rescue responders at the ski area is another that keeps visiting with the family and checking on her. He
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received this book in exchange for my fair and honest review, but this in no way affects my thoughts or opinion on this book**

Loved this book just as much as the first book in the series. Again, another easy read. Although, it is nice to know the background from the first book, it would not be necessary to read the first one in order to get this story. This book starts off with a terrible accident that brings the 2 main characters (Mia and Dylan) together. Mia and Dylan are able to help each
Melissa Nichols
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To me, this is a book that shows what true love looks like. It shows how if you are truly in love with someone, you are willing to do anything for them. You are willing to sacrifice your own life for the one that you love. If you love someone you also are willing to help them with their dreams. I love the love story in this book about Mia and her journey to find true love and heal from a horrible accident. I also love that she takes her accident and wants to use it to help try to prevent the sam ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this second book in this series about a group of friends in a small community. This story had many of the characters from the first book. As with the first book, it switched first-person perspectives frequently between various characters. There was a little inconsistency in this sometimes (i.e. there were several times when "he" or "her" would be used when it should be "me" or "my" based on the current perspective). This story dealt with a freak skiing accident and subsequen ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mia Kinney is snowboarding with her friends when she falls 30 feet from a ski lift. She lands near the ski patrol hut and they get her quickly down to medical help. Dylan, a member of the ski patrol, is the first one on the scene. He calmly talks to Mia the whole way. He can't get Mia out of his head so he goes to the hospital to see how she is doing. Once Mia is recovering, she is able to visit with Dylan and the two discover a mutual attraction. Quinn a friend of Mia's also discovers that he f ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my views or opinions in any way.

A Healing Spirit is the second book in the “A Healing Heart” series by Melissa A Hanson. I have not read the first book, it was not necessary to read prior. Mia and Dylan meet during a horrible accident at a ski resort. Mia goes through many obstacles on her way to recovery demonstrating her strong spirit. Dylan has his own issues that he has to deal with.

It is the type of storyline
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this book more than 'A healing heart', maybe because I love Mia more than Bailey. If I am being honest, I loved to see Mia's recovery, but the romance part of this book seems slightly unrealistic. I am sure teenage me would've absolutely loved it, but adult me had an uncomfortable time adjusting to it, but once I boarded on that ship, it sailed fairly smoothly. I really appreciate Mia and Dylan's growth as characters, I love how well researched this book is, and I am so glad I got to read ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r4r

A Healing Spirit is the second book in the "Riverview" series by Melissa A. Hanson. It focuses this time on a 19 year old girl named Mia Kinney. She is in her first year of college, and is thankful for getting to see all her friends again during Thanksgiving break. They all decide to go skiing at a nearby resort. Mia gets hurt by falling off a chairlift, and the first on
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All I got to say is WOW! This book is so incredibly well written, a book that I will so totally tell people to read, and it makes me want to hug Mrs. Hanson for giving us another well thought out book. Not only that but this book was also inspired by Keely Proctor who sounds like an amazing kid from the articles I have read online. This book definitely deserves five butterflies. A Healing Spirit by Melissa Hanson grips on about three things that I think is pretty important for us to know about. ...more
Jack Magnus
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A. Hanson. Mia couldn’t wait to get out on the slopes with her friends this morning. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and she had missed Bailey and Natasha who went away to college. Mia still wasn’t sure about her future career plans and decided to go to community college at home instead. After all, Riverview was a pretty nice place to live with the desert, ocean and the mountains all nearby. But everyone was home from college now for the holidays,
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Let me start off by saying a huge thank you to Melissa for sending me a copy of this book for review! I do have to say it was much better than the first (not that the first wasn't good!) and that I found so much more going on that made it a great read!

MAN OH MAN there is no time to take a breath or to prepare yourself for what is about to happen! The story jumps right in, and you automatically get a sense of panic wondering what
Susan (The Book Bag)
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 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 th
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Melissa A. Hanson lives in Southern California, with her husband and two sons. Growing up in Southern California, inspiration for the city of "Riverview" is based on her hometown.

Melissa enjoys reading, design, and writing new stories in her free time.

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