Meet the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor and fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love. Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.
Melissa Foster has created and built a whole world that surrounds a family and their relatives. The books are intertwined with other relative which gives you a huge reading experience. We get to live with different Bradens (and others) in different places and each of them have their own unique story. While I have not read them all, they all stand up well as being stand alones but you can also see past characters and how the relate and interact.
Nate and Jewel have such an emotional journey in this book. Jewel, herself has been through so much loss and heartache in her young life. She has lost both her father and brother so she has dedicated her life to helping her family keeping all of her emotions locked inside. She stays away from any other emotional attachments to keep her loss from becoming anymore then it already is. Nate has loved Jewel his whole life and everyone in the town knows it except Jewel. Nate keeps his feeling buried behind a wall of grief, loss, and guilt. Rick and Nate had been best friends before he died and now he has come back to town without him. For the first time they both have someone to lean on when the hard emotions finally start to hit both of them.
This story was an emotional roller coaster. There were a lot of emotions that were not being dealt with that finally came up to the surface. This story was definitely an easy read with an evitable outcome but so so enjoyable. There is something so addicting about a story that is full of love, acceptance, and real deep passion. Two characters the bow so gracefully and easily to the call of love. Even if there are not the usual twists that come with a romance story. The characters are well rounded and loveable, the writing is beautiful, and the story feels real. This was a romantic tear-jerker that needs to be read.
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