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Heart to Heart

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Heart to Heart

Elowyn and Kassey become best friends when they are both in the hospital recovering from broken bones. Soon they are inseparable, with Kassey even going on family vacations with Elowyn; Kassey becomes like a second daughter for Elowyn’s parents. It’s been ages since Kassey has experienced a father figure, as her dad left when she was a baby. Even when Elowyn starts dating Wyatt, and Kassey feels a bit forgotten and left out, their friendship continues. Kassey even becomes the peacekeeper when Elowyn and Wyatt argue. And when Elowyn turns 16 and gets a car for her birthday, she gives the spare key to Kassey. But then comes the accident.

No one will ever know exactly what happened that night. Elowyn storms out to her car on a rainy night after an argument with Wyatt. The car swerves off the road and hits a tree. Kassey rushes to the hospital to find that Elowyn is in a coma and attached to life support machines. After days of aching worry and devastating news from the doctors that Elowyn is brain dead, her parents make the impossible decision to take her off life support and say goodbye. And since Elowyn had marked the donor box on her driver’s license, they follow her wishes and donate her organs so that others may live.

Arabeth receives the call that she and her mom have been waiting for --- she’s getting a donor heart. She has had a hard life, having been sick for most of it, and then losing her father in the war. But getting the new heart gives her the chance at life. And after a year with the new heart, she finally decides to meet her donor’s parents and best friend. Kassey feels strange meeting Arabeth, especially after noticing some unexplainable similarities between Arabeth and Elowyn. Could a part of Elowyn, a part other than her heart, still be alive in Arabeth? While Arabeth attempts to carve out a future she didn’t know she would have, Kassey struggles to move forward without losing the past, including forgiving the father who left her.

Lurlene McDaniel is the author of over 50 novels, and her gift continues to prosper. HEART TO HEART is a gripping, heart-touching story that is guaranteed to cause tears to flow and minds to dwell on life and death and new beginnings. McDaniel has a true talent for creating characters who feel real and who readers will care about. She crafts an intriguing storyline that captures attentions, addresses life and death situations, and gives her audience lots to mull over long after the last page is turned. Yet, despite the seriousness of the themes, the pages fly by fast. This is a story of family, of love and hope, and of treasuring the past and finding the courage to face the future. McDaniel is a very special contributor to the world of young adult literature.

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Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

Heart to Heart
by Lurlene McDaniel

  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN-10: 0440240174
  • ISBN-13: 9780440240174