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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Heartfelt by Kay Springsteen

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

From Goodreads.com: The story that began on a North Carolina beach with a blind marine, a divorced mother, and a child with Down syndrome continues as the young family struggles to adapt to a new addition. Now eight months pregnant, Trish worries about her baby, her daughter, and her husband. But maybe she should be more concerned with herself. Dan struggles to prove himself at work in the face of what others consider his disability. As he wrestles with his job, he is also concerned with life at home and the impending birth of his son. How will he connect with a son when he’ll never even be able to play a game of catch with him?       
                                  
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Let me begin to saying something that I probably should have said about this series earlier on. I did not read these stories in order. One of the many things I enjoyed about this series is that they don't necessarily have to be read in order in order to be enjoyed. Certain stories feature characters from other stories, however you aren't losing out on anything if you read them out of order. Each story in this series is a stand alone, meaning it has a beginning, a middle and an end that is unique to the specific story. 

Once again, Kay Springsteen has managed to weave together a story that not only deals with the harsh realities that soldiers with PTSD go through every day, but she manages to do so in a way that is realistic without being depressing. In this story, you come back to the main characters Dan and Trish as they prepare for the birth of their son. Things are definitely not easy for them - Trish is having a hard time with running the bed and breakfast while being near the end of her pregnancy, and Dan is trying to come to terms with the fact that due to his blindness, he will never see his son nor will he be able to do certain things with him. This book also deals a bit with his job and the ever looming threat of terrorist activity overseas and the toll it takes on those soldiers stateside. 

Just in time for the fourth of July (and the birth of baby Conway), we also get to catch up with old favorites Lina, Kevin and Greg from the second book in the series. And as it turns out, they couldn't have come at a better time when Baby Conway decides to make his appearance! 

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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Heartfelt is available from Amazon.com

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