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To Heal a Heart

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a h
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Published June 15th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press
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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

There are many delightful characters in this story, several of whom readers will get to know better in the other books in this series.

Read full review in the 2020 Summer issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
4.5 stars.
“To Heal a Heart”, by Jana Richards (The Wild Rose Press), is a lovely romance, a pleasure to read, with wonderful, relatable characters and an amazingly realistic and well written wounded hero.
The romance between Garrett and Blair is sweet and the way they reconnect and the attraction grows so believable.
Above all, I think Jana Richards wrote superbly Garret’s problems adapting to civilian life, the social anxiety, the fears
Char (1RadReader59)
This is a well thought out complex story that pulls you right in. Richards’ characters are funny and multi-layered. Like us all, the characters have issues. Some are at the surface, it the ones that can’t we can’t hide, the underbellies, they are the most interesting.

You will meet a cast of characters that is for sure but not so many that you feel overwhelmed. Our, main character, Blair, the h has a whopper set of parents. Well, her brothers and grandpa are great. You see she is the only though
Lisa Pichner
A must read

This is my first read from Ms. Richards and I absolutely loved it.
To Heal the Heart was a fantastic read.
I laughed, ugly cried and really enjoyed Garrett and Blair story.
This was a emotional roller-coaster for me I really related to Blairs story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantastic read with some emotional turns that leaves you with a feel good feeling after reading.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in The Masonville Series a well written story that kept me turning pages. Blair Greyson has buried something from her past down deep believing she will not be able to ever forgive herself for what happened. She meets Garrett Saunders a damaged Vet. can she get over the past and let herself find love? Read this book to find out. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kailyn Cloutier
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
** I received a complimentary copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only **

I give this book 3.5 stars.

This book falls in the middle of the road for me. It was fine, and I otherwise don't have particularly strong feelings about it, whether negative or positive. I'm going to preface this by stating that I'm likely not the target audience for this book. I don't often read romance—sometimes I do and it totally works for me, but most romances, especially ones set in the real world, don't really app
KL Cassanello
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Garrett is back home in rural North Dakota, but the horrors of his time in Afghanistan are still with him. Alcohol has become his drug of choice when he needs to forget. He rescues a broken down horse from the auction, realizing later that he doesn't have the space or patience to nurse Harry back to good health. Blair is back in Masonville to care for her elderly grandfather and his farm. Her job in town provides her with enough to care for her rescue horses. They make a trade that's beneficial ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
If I had to choose one word to summarize this story then I’d choose the word, heartwarming. This was an inspiring and uplifting book.

The hero, Garrett, and the heroine, Blair, are both tragically broken. One can only wonder how they could ever move forward and each let their past demons go. They both believed they didn’t deserve each other. I’m serious when I say this plot had the potential to be a head banger but it pleasantly wasn’t. There were other characters i.e.: family/friends that were a
N.N. Light
Garrett Saunders' world shattered two years ago when he was serving in Afghanistan. Aimless, he finds purpose in the eyes of a horse on his way to the slaughterhouse. He hasn't a clue how to care for the horse and when the horse runs away, Garrett runs into Blair Greyson. She gives him an earful on the mistreatment of his horse and it's only later, she apologizes. She offers to board his horse at her grandfather's farm in exchange for him helping with repairs on the farm. The more he's around Bl ...more
D.V. Stone
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To Heal a Heart made me laugh and cry in turn.
From the opening line, you’re drawn into the nightmare our brave men and women in service to our country deal with.
Garrett Saunders has returned from war missing not only part of his leg but part of his soul. While assisting his veterinarian brother-in-law, he’s drawn to a poor abused horse that touches him somewhere deep down. For some inexplicable reason, he’s compelled to rescue the horse from an auctioneer’s sale its future—horsemeat.
Teresa  Christianson
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy and am voluntarily leaving my review

OMG I love this book but make sure you have tissue handy. You will definitely need then. There are so many feelings of guilt, regret, and major PTSD in this book and how each person deals with it on their own and realizes that they can't do it on their own. That they need help even if it is just talking to a friend to help work out the problem. And the horse rescue turns into a rescue for Blair, Garrett and Chris.

Blair and Garrett both
Yvonne Cruz
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotional, touching, at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming story that will reach your heart and your soul.
It is also the first book I have read by this author, and I have become a fan.
The story centers around Garrett Saunders and Blair Greyson.
After 2 years of his return from Afghanistan with an injury that has changed his life , Garrett is still struggling with survivor’s guilt and civilian life. Drowning his guilt in liquor.
Blair , a veterinarian technician, is back in town
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Thoughts: What a wonderful, poignant romance full of emotions that will pull at your heartstrings. It starts off with a strong scene where Garrett is having a dream flashback to his time in Afghanistan. The book is all about PTSD – not just for Garrett, but for Blair as well – and how we deal with issues. There are some warm “bedroom” scenes, but they are nicely done and fit with the story perfectly. The characters of Blair and Garrett are believable and the issues they’re facing—as well as the ...more
Kat Doran
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exactly who rescued who?
Veterinary tech Blair Grayson and wounded veteran Garrett Saunders tangle over an abused horse in the middle of an isolated North Dakota road. As words and emotions fly, it is not an encounter either forgets.
Both are rescuers; both are in grave need of being saved though for different reasons. Blair needs to forgive herself for long ago mistakes; Garrett struggles on a daily basis to forget things and events better left buried. Unfortunately PTSD manages to rear its ug
Debbie Caswell
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW this is a story that could almost break your heart You are drawn into the internal battles of these two characters almost from the first page and are hoping that they will get a HEA before you turn the last page

Garrett Saunders is a broken man he left part of his soul as well as his leg on a roadside in Afghanistan he has returned home to Masonville but is having trouble adjusting to life as a civilian in his home town, while helping his brother the local vet he finds an abused horse about t
Lori R
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To Heal the Heart was the perfect title for this book. I really enjoyed the story. The horse and dog rescues, veterans dealing with PTSD, growing up in a home where appearances were more important than love, and learning to come to terms with quilt, and finally moving on. The characters of Garrett and Blair drew you right into their inner feelings, strengths, and weaknesses. Blair's grandfather, Everett was such a caring, loving man with his granddaughter and more of a parent to her than her own ...more
Darlene Fredette
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars. This story is a wonderful and tender romance. The main characters are perfect for each other, both with their own haunting pasts. Their easy friendship soon turns into something more, leading to some sizzling chemistry. There’s an equally good supporting cast, many of which have their own stories to tell (hopefully in future books). The horses and dogs were outstanding highlights. The author does a great job of mixing witty banter into an emotion-filled story line. The bond of family an ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to review by Voracious readers.

This book wrecked me! I read it all in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down. It was such an emotional roller coaster

Garrett was a vet who was lost and didnt know how to deal with life as it was after being injured. Not only do we get to watch him heal but learn to help others and find happiness.

Blair had her own demons to face and just wouldn't let anyone help her. This book didnt gloss over the tough spots but dove right in and made you
Pam Graber
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anytime a story brings me to tears, I know it was a good one. This one not only brought tears, it made me feel the anguish of the two main characters, neither of whom feels worthy of the other. Now that I've read this one, I'm hoping that each of Blair's brothers also has a story out there! If you like contemporary romance with an injured Marine vet, a horse rescuer who needs some rescuing of her own, and a loving Granddad who gives her a safe place to heal her heart, pick up this book! I read i ...more
Amanda Marlowe
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blair is a veterinarian technician who sees a damaged horse on the road, she comes upon Garrett and after finding out that the horse is his, she flies into him about the state of the horse. On finding out that he's only just got it she goes over and apologises, and ends up with the horse at her grandfather's ranch. She wants to start a rescue for horses, Garrett doesn't know what he wants, he's an amputee from the war and hasn't come to terms with losing part of his leg.

This is a great emotional
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from voracious readers and I really liked reading it. It was a perfect tale of two broken people finding each other and finally being complete. I loved how strong both Garret and Blair became throughout the story and how their relationship developed and became stronger. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like contemporary romances.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story. The characters are two broken people that unexpectedly find each other. Both need each other to heal will they allow love to come into there life and except the happiness they both deserve. The flow of the storyline was great.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there's nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her

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