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The Heart Between Us
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The Heart Between Us
Two Sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List
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Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, adventure, and learning how to live life to the fullest.

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn't enough to propel Megan's life forward. She's still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take "once she's well enough." Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor's parents give Megan their teenage daughter's journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She's thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she's been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, adventure, and learning how to live life to the fullest.

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn't enough to propel Megan's life forward. She's still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take "once she's well enough." Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor's parents give Megan their teenage daughter's journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She's thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she's been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

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  • Library Journal

    March 15, 2018

    Growing up, twins Megan and Crystal Jacobs could not have led more different lives. While Crystal was off playing sports and dating, Megan's bad heart sidelined her to a childhood of hospitalizations. Even the heart transplant Megan receives as an adult is not enough to give her the courage to try life on for size. She chooses instead to remain in the comfort zone of living with her parents and working in a library. Crystal, now married, is off on yet another adventure and seemingly too busy for her sister. When Megan receives the journal of her teenage donor, she discovers a bucket list that was never completed. Armed with new confidence, she decides that she will honor her donor by completing the items on the list one at a time. Joined by friend Caleb and surprisingly, Crystal, Megan takes an unforgettable journey that brings new hope for a new life for all. VERDICT A tenderhearted story of second chances, Harrel's sophomore effort (after One More Song To Sing) pairs expressive language with well-drawn characters and will attract admirers of Laura Frantz and Melissa Tagg.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 2, 2018
    A bucket list from the diary of an organ donor sparks a healing journey for two sisters in this poignant tale from Harrel (One More Song to Sing). Megan Jacobs, born with a defective heart, finally receives a heart transplant at the age of 28. Although she is soon feeling much better, she also feels guilty that she isn’t making full use of her new vitality and decides to meet the family of the heart donor to express her appreciation. The donor’s parents give Megan her old diary, which also includes a bucket list: visit the Great Wall of China, swim the Great Barrier Reef, run with the bulls in Pamplona, kiss a stranger in the rain, and so on. During Megan’s years of sickness, her twin sister, Crystal, braced for losing Megan by distancing herself. In an act of spontaneity, Crystal decides to take a sabbatical from her job as an architect and agrees to accompany Megan. Traveling together brings reconciliation and relaxation for the sisters. Although light on faith elements, Harrel’s book, with many descriptions of delicious foods and famous landmarks from around the globe, will please readers of travel fiction looking for an inspirational story.

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