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Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Heartsight by Kay Springsteen


Print Length: 222 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (February 7, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: When Trish Evers inherits her grandmother’s B&B on a beach in North Carolina, she packs up her 6-year-old daughter Isabella, who has Down syndrome, and moves there seeking a fresh start. Though she must sell the house, she decides to bring her daughter to the beach for one last summer vacation in her childhood town. Bella likes to explore the beach and has a tendency to wander off. On one such occasion, Trish finds her in the company of an intriguing stranger.

Blind as a result of combat injuries and unable to "suit up," USMC Lieutenant Daniel Conway feels he no longer has a purpose in life. He's come home to the beach, where he spends his days in solitude. Dan must learn to believe in himself and to love life again, which he begins to do through his interactions with Bella and Trish.


When a hurricane strikes and Bella wanders off again, her only hope for rescue is Dan. Working within the confines of his blindness, he must overcome his fear of failure and recall his training in order to search for the little girl and bring her to safety.                                                         

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is one of those rare instances of story-telling where the author manages to bring to life some very unique characters and explore the passion that exists between two people without resorting to scenes of a sexual nature. That's right. There is nothing in this story hotter than a few steamy kisses. And it was so refreshing! Seriously - while I enjoy a good sex scene as much as the next person, all too often they overshadow the book and the actual romance of the characters so to watch these two struggle against (and then finally admit to) their feelings for one another while the romance bloomed in a natural way made the entire thing that much more enjoyable. 

I loved the characters in this story (except Trish's ex - he was a jerk). From their struggles to overcoming some pretty intense odds, the author managed to keep these characters feeling REAL. I loved the fact that the author included a blind Hero and wasn't afraid to tackle his struggles head on. Not only was he blinded doing a job he had enjoyed, but he then had to deal with the aftermath of his injury and learning how to find himself and his purpose in life again. Bella was another pleasant surprise for me. I felt that the author didn't shy away from discussing some of the less pleasing aspects of having a child considered disabled (the looks and comments from others, etc), nor did she allow Bella's disability to overshadow her personality. She wasn't her disability as so many other characters are so often portrayed. 

Overall, I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy a sweet and well written romance novel with interesting characters. I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Heartsight is available from Amazon.com

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