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A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is bl
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Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published July 2017 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a God inspired book. Not preachy but very faithfully written. I loved every page of it. Slattery took a topic like going on a Mission trip and orphans and made it shine. I held on to every word of this book.

This book leaves you with something to take away and keep you thinking. I have read all of Slattery's books and I take away something from everyone of them.

I can't find the words to tell you how much I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. If you have not read one of Jen
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Rachel Dodson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome read from Jennifer! This one was different from her other books that I've read, in my opinion. An excellent book for sure but this one felt different as I read. Maybe because it touched a different part of my heart, than her previous books did. This book definitely broke my heart, but in a good way. The story really made me want to hop on a plane straight for El Salvador to save all of the orphan children. I just can't stand to see or read about children being mistreated or not c ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Where do I begin with this review? No words justify the amount of feels I felt with this book. It is absolutely an amazing read. From heartache and pain to smiles and hope, Ms. Slattery stitches together a novel that will not soon leave the reader's soul. You close the book and reflect on the story and the characters and their faith long into the night. It's forever in my heart, that's for sure!

I have never been on a mission trip but I know of people that have. They come home with stories that
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"She spent over $100,000 and two years in grad school for this?"

Makes one wonder about the novel that they just opened with this one opening sentence. I often wonder if a lot of people think along the same lines as Brooke Endress, the main character in Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery. It's hard to discern what God's plan is for our lives and for Brooke, after losing her parents in a car accident, her and her younger sister Aubrey now live with her Aunt and Uncle, so she knows what it's like to
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Ann
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author takes the reader right into the midst of a country where there is so much need and want and captures all of the despair and hopelessness that the people feel. It is also a beautiful story of the difference people can make when they are willing to reach out and offer God's love and hope. It is a story with wonderful characters and following the relationship develop between Ubaldo and Brooke, people from completely different backgrounds, made for a heartw ...more
Rebecca
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
"What is keeping you from the abundant life He offers? . . . . . Surrender. Loosen your grip."

Brooke Endress is struggling; her life long dream of becoming a network news anchor seems just out of reach, in spite of all her hard work. Reluctantly, she agrees to use her vacation time in order to chaperone a church mission trip to El Salvador, so that her aunt and uncle will allow her younger sister to participate, never imagining that two weeks in an impoverished country could claim her heart.

Ubal
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Julia
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is the most beautiful and heartfelt contemporary Christian novel. At its heart are children - children who need love, care and to know that Jesus loves them.
The novel is written around a mission trip to El Salvador. Here there is much poverty and neglect. Orphaned children are abandoned. Even children with parents are neglected, unloved and seen as useless commodities. Words spoken over them in anger remain lodged in their hearts - useless, worthless, unloved. T
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Denise Hershberger
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a hard book for me to review because there were some aspects that I loved very much but also some parts that were just a little far fetched. I have served on many short-term mission trips. Some were one and a half weeks but one was six weeks and the last two were 12 weeks. All were in Latin America. And I am fluent in Spanish. I have seen the conditions described in this book. So keep that in mind as you read my review.

First, what I loved:

I loved the view of short-term missions trips in
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Alexis
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Healing Love is the story of Brooke Endress and Ubaldo Chavez.

Brooke and Ubaldo meet on the mission field in El Salvador. Ubaldo is a native of El Salvador where he works as a teacher and translator. Brooke is an All-American girl with a passion for broadcast journalism. When the reader first meets Brooke, she is focused on rising in the ranks at work. She wants to advance her career by becoming on-air talent at a TV station. Love is not part of Brooke’s life plan…until she meets Ubaldo.

Ubaldo’s
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Lori
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful and emotional story!!!
You could see the love of God coming out of this author's heart as she writes this story of missions and missionarys in wanting to help these children in third world countries!
It makes us think twice when we rumble and mumble about what we are lacking or wanting here in the states. Aren't we so blessed!!!!
Jennifer gives an insite in El Salvador the poverty and starvation because there aren't enough jobs to go around. Of all the ppl it's the children who s
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Melissa
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Um. Yeah. I loved this book.
I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book at the beginning. I have never been on a mission trip and was wondering how you could make an interesting story of someone going on one. I was silly to worry. Jennifer managed to do it.
And that is what I love about all of Jennifer’s books. She writes about missions in some way and weaves a wonderful plot and characters into that. She definitely has a unique style unlike any I have ever read and she does it well.
It’s funny,
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Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews
Brook Endress was in search for fresh ideas to set her apart at the news station, but all her efforts were set aside as God stepped in with His own plan. Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery weaves a few different story lines in such a way that doesn't let you put this novel down.

Two countries that are extremely different hosted the events of several lives, which kept me wondering what could God make of all this? Slattery dug deep with my emotions of the unique cultural differences that I was not f
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Susan
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Beautifully Woven Story

I enjoy romantic fiction. Even better is when a romance has meaning and purpose to the story. Jennifer Slattery’s new book, Healing Love is one of those stories. Brooke is a career minded young woman who is focused on becoming a broadcast journalist. She finds herself side-tracked when she feels forced to go on a mission trip to El Salvador to chaperone her younger sister. She’s not prepared for the emotional impact the trip will have on her heart.

Looking hungry orpha
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Loraine Nunley
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Why does God allow suffering particularly among the innocent? It is a question that has troubled people for ages and was a question that I asked along with the hero and heroine of this book. There are no easy answers and there wasn’t an easy one for this couple either, but I really liked the way that the author was able to stir my compassion for those less fortunate than me. Full review at my website.
I received this book from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the o
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Lucy
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow....just wow! What a beautifully written, God inspired book. This is just an amazing read that I can't find the proper words to describe. It will touch your heart in a profound way and leave you thinking about it for a long time. What a perfect example of how God finds us and uses us for His good plan when we least expect it. The characters are so believable that you can feel their joy, pain, and struggles. You can hear the sounds and see the poverty of El Salvador, as your heart bleeds for t ...more
Amy
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, the reluctance, the conflict, the faith. This book made me want to go on a mission trip. Since I can't go right now, I can serve Him locally in our food pantry and soup kitchen.

I'd heard of someone complaining about sexual overtones in this book. Yes, there are light suggestions of incest and rape. But if we ignored all the bad situations in our world, aren't we condoning them. This is reality. Let's shed light on these evil situations and chase Satan away with God's enduring
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Amy
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jennifer is a great author. I've really enjoyed reading her books and this one was not exception. Except it did take me a while to read through it, but mostly because I received and E-copy and I do not read as quickly on an e-reader.

I think one of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the missional feel. I could relate because I grew up on the mission field, have seen poverty first hand, and enjoyed ministering to those in need of the Savior and His love. I have felt the disappointmen
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Joan
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Slattery has crafted an entertaining, informative and thought provoking novel. The plot centers around the short term mission trip a youth group makes to El Salvador, a developing country still recovering from a devastating hurricane and a bloody civil war.

I liked the main character, Brooke. She goes on the trip as an adult chaperone with her teen sister's church youth group. What Brooke experiences in El Salvador changes her life forever.

There are many great aspects to this novel. One is that i
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Beckie Burnham
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Healing Love can be categorized as a contemporary romance since it has a love story that develops throughout the book. But its message is so much more than that. If anything it tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with God’s people. Inspired by a mission trip the author’s family participated in, this dual setting novel (California and El Salvador) explores the desperate needs of people and our response to it. I really liked this one, and if you have a heart for missions and love a ...more
Anne Campbell
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is probably classified as Inspirational Romance, but I kid you not, it's BIG on inspirational, and not just for the romance. I sniffle over orphans all the time, and this book has an armful of them.

Brooke Endress has a burning desire to become a news anchor, and she's well on the road when her little sis (Aubrey) all of a sudden wants to go on a mission to El Salvador. Which would be bad enough in an of itself, but her aunt and uncle say they won't let Aubrey go unless Brooke goes with
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Becky Van Daniker
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is a story that is unique and a must read! Whether you’ve been on a missions trip or dream of going on one one day, then this is for you. Slattery’s latest novel will tug at your heartstrings and challenge you to want to do something to help the orphans all over the world.

Told through three characters points of views all with different backgrounds is a story of desperation, compassion, and hope. Brooke is trying to climb the ladder in hopes of finally becoming a
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Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Readers beware: this book is going to touch your heart in ways you didn't think possible from a book. The mission trip, Brooke's growth, the children of El Salvador and the living conditions there are all parts that certainly tugged at my heart. First I have to say that the way the author described the setting of El Salvador was incredible. Not just the surroundings, but the people, the mannerisms, the way of life. Only someone who has been there first hand could be able to do that, so I am gues ...more
Debbie
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Healing Love" is a wonderful story. While I was reading this novel I felt I was there watching the story take place in front of me and I convinced myself the emotions I felt was what the characters were feeling. If you are a reader who feels deep emotions when reading you might want to have some kleenexes handy while reading this novel.

The greatest heartache in this book was the plight of Fatima and her sister Dinora. This book shows how a mission trip changed 4 people lives in a big way. This
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Edward Arrington
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have heard it said many times through the years that a mission trip will change your life. I know people personally whose lives have been changed. Jennifer Slattery has written a beautiful story about the impact a mission trip has on some folks. When Aubrey decides she wants to go with a team of youth from her church to El Salvador, her aunt and uncle insist that the only way she will be allowed to go is if her sister Brooke goes with her. As Brooke struggles with the decision, she goes to tal ...more
Michelle
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
`Healing Love` is an inspirational fiction novel by author Jennifer Slattery.

Brooke Endress is a news reporter with a chance in a lifetime of being a co-anchor on t.v. Her young sister, Aubrey, wants to go on a missions trip with the church youth group. Their parents say Brooke must go on the mission trip too if Aubrey goes. Brooke wants to stay home and be on t.v., she wants nothing to do with the mission trip.

Both girls go on the trip and work in an all girls orphanage. Brooke has fallen in
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Sally
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Healing Love, Jennifer Slattery's best book yet! Healing. Yes, they all need healing, and love makes it possible.

Ubaldo lives in El Salvador. He is a teacher and translator living generational poverty. When he's asked to translate for Brooke's mission group, he prays they are impacted by what's around them. He is protective of his people and doesn't want them hurt.

Brooke is a rising news anchor. Will she be blinded by the advancement of her career, or the eyes of the orphans she meets on a mis
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Tiffany
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Brooke Endress agreed to go on a mission trip to El Salvador with her sister, she was not exactly thrilled about it. Little did she know how much that mission trip would change her life. Throughout their trip, she found herself falling in love with the orphans and street children, as well as a certain translator, Ubaldo. When she gets home she struggles with her desire to become a news anchor and her strong desire to return to El Salvador. Is this truly what God wants for her life, or is it ...more
Becky Miller
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Healing Love – Book Review (5 stars)

An authentic story about following the call of Christ, Jennifer Slattery’s Healing Love takes a rare look at how missions work impacts not only those who serve, but the ones being served.

Life’s circumstances often dictate what we carry in our relational baggage; Slattery’s main characters American Brooke Endress and Salvadoran Ubaldo Chavez are no exceptions. From two completely different worlds, neither could anticipate what happens when their paths cross in
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Pattisue
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brook Endress with her “degree in broadcast journalism is stuck in a dead-end fact checking job.” All she has ever wanted is to be a journalist. Yet the competitive field is nothing like she imagined. “After her parents died, she retreated from life. Now it is time for her to laugh, love, and live. Time to surrender to God.” When her sister, Aubrey, finally convinces her to attend a two week mission trip to El Salvador, Brook agrees that they are “in it together no matter what.” Ubaldo Covas Cal ...more
Sarah
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of this book, I honestly wasn't sure what to think. The opening line of the story grabbed me, but then I had a hard time keeping the story lines straight as the characters weaved in and out. Once I was able to connect the dots, this book was emotionally gripping, the pages were turning and "Healing Love" was fantastic. The best way to describe the writing is a story that is beautifully told by an author who has a heart for Kingdom business, which shines through in her writing. S ...more
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