The Heart Between Us

Two Sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Lindsay Harrel has penned a charming story that is sure to touch the hearts of her readers. Through the stories of Megan and her sister Crystal, readers get a glimpse of adventure, restoration, conquered fears, and realized dreams. Lindsay will no doubt win readers with this heartfelt story." (Lauren K. Denton, USA Today best-selling author of The Hideaway and Hurricane Season, on The Heart Between Us)

From award-winning author Lindsay Harrel comes a powerful story of adventure, healing, 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 and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, 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.

©2018 Lindsay Harrel (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

Critic Reviews

"A sweet story of sisterhood, familial bonds, sacrificial love, and finding your own identity amidst the storms of life. Poignant with tender moments, as well as laughter, The Heart Between Us is a touching novel that is sure to please." (Catherine West, author of Where Hope Begins)

"I love this story of facing our fears. Harrel pens a clever, well-written love story between two sisters, the men in their lives and the dreams of a heart donor. Life is more fleeting than we know, and this timeless story reminds us to love well." (Rachel Hauck, New York Times best-selling author, on The Heart Between Us)

"The Heart Between Us is an absolute gem of a story. The intriguing premise drew me in from the start, but it was the authentic characters and their relatable struggles that kept me reading. I especially loved getting to travel vicariously through Megan and Crystal! A heart-tugging, not-to-be-missed book from an author who belongs on your keeper shelf." (Melissa Tagg, author of the Walker Family series)

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Wow, I can’t believe I just wasted 6 hours of my life on this book. The positive reviews have to be written by 16 year old girls. First of all, the most interesting part of the book—the travel—is a barely mentioned backstory to the cheesiest romance stories I’ve ever read in my life. Not only is this book incredibly unrealistic in countless ways, but the story is just downright dumb. Add in the overbearing Christian preaching and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a desperate (and very much failed) attempt at a heart-warming story. Vanilla to the core. Can’t get my credit back fast enough.

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An Emotional Journey!

What did you love best about The Heart Between Us?

When the relationship finally took a turn for the sisters and when the romantic stories finally worked out.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the journal entries a lot.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes happened in the last two chapters of the book, so I don't want to give anything away.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Eiffel Tower scenes.