I reserve a five star review for things that completely blow my mind. Books that stick with me for a long while. Books that I go back to over and over again. That said, I wish that I could have given this book 4 1/2 stars, because it comes pretty close. Alas, that is not an option, so it gets four stars from me.
Another new, up and coming author, Kay Springsteen has managed to tackle some serious issues and give us a fantastic story all rolled into one exceptional book. Heartsight is a contemporary romance that should have appeal to many different people – if you’ve ever known someone (or lived with these things yourself) that is blind, has Down’s Syndrome, or has come home from the military wounded then this book should appeal to you. And, if you haven’t had those experiences then you should read the book because Kay manages to show us all what it is like. She shows us that living with disabilities doesn’t have to limit you, that our only limitations are the ones that we put on ourselves and that everyone has something that they can teach us in life.
Captain Dan Conway’s entire adult life has been spent serving his country as a United States Marine until he is injured, and blinded, by an IED in Afghanistan. After returning home, he endures several different surgeries in an effort to restore his sight that all, ultimately, prove unsuccessful. Resolving himself to being permanently blind, and declining to attempt any further surgeries, he goes back to his childhood home on the North Carolina shore to figure out what he is going to do with the rest of his life. Preferring solitude, he shuts out his family and, more or less, isolates himself on his private beach with only his service dog for company…until the day Bella finds him on the beach.
Trish Evers has been raising her daughter, Bella, by herself for four years. When her ex-husband decided that he couldn’t deal with having a daughter that has Down’s Syndrome, he served her with divorce papers while she sat in her daughter’s hospital room, where Bella was recovering from heart surgery. Trish signed the papers and never looked back.
After relocating to North Carolina for the summer to settle Trish’s recently deceased grandmother’s estate, Bella develops a penchant for wandering off to the beach whenever her mother turns her back for two seconds. Bella meets Dan on the beach and the two forge a strong bond. Of course, Dan and Trish also start to fall for each other but they both have their own reasons for resisting. Then, as if things aren’t complicated enough, Trish’s ex-husband returns to the picture with his own agenda and Bella wanders off just as a hurricane hits. You’ll just have to read to find out what happens.
Heartsight is published by Astraea Press. All purchases made through the Astraea Press website during the period of March 1st through June 1st 2011 will generate a $1 donation made to the U.S.O. for the Wounded Warrior Program. More information about the program itself can be found on the U.S.O. website.
Heartsight can be purchased from the links provided below. Please consider downloading from Astraea Press first so that the U.S.O. can benefit from the donations and help our military men and women!
Astraea Press (**multiple formats – see note below)
Barnes & Noble (for Nook)
Amazon (for Kindle)
** I clarified to be sure, when you download from Astraea Press you will be sent an email with links to different types of download formats and you can choose which one you want to use. The links do expire after 72 hours so be sure to follow through.