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To Heal A Heart -- Jana Richards

 

 

To Heal a Heart

Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a home. Right away she butts heads with a surly former Marine. Despite a rocky start, they come to an agreement: Blair will board Garrett's rescue horse and he'll help with repairs around her farm.

Garrett finds purpose working with Blair—and falls in love with her. But she's hiding a secret. Can she forgive herself and accept Garrett's love, or will she let guilt and regret continue to rule her life?

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Heat level: Sizzling

reviews

To Heal a Heart made me laugh and cry in turn…To Heal a Heart is a lovely story about how broken hearts and spirits are never a lost cause. With hard work, horses, dogs, family, and friends surrounding them, Garrett and Blair find the determination and hope to get them through.
D.V. Stone, Goodreads

To Heal a Heart … is a lovely romance, a pleasure to read, with wonderful, relatable characters and an amazingly realistic and well written wounded hero…I loved the story, the setting and all the characters.
Maria, Goodreads

This story sucked me right away - from the moment I began reading, I couldn't put it down. The book is so emotional, with ugly tears on my part, some happy, some sad. The characters are flawed, and the setting is perfect…this is the book that will move hearts, and stay with me for a long time.
K.L  Cassanello, Goodreads

OMG I love this book but make sure you have tissue handy. You will definitely need then. There are so many feelings of guilt, regret, and major PTSD in this book and how each person deals with it on their own and realizes that they can't do it on their own.
Teresa Christianson, Goodreads

This is an emotional, touching, at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming story that will reach your heart and your soul. It is also the first book I have read by this author, and I have become a fan.
Yvonne Cruz, Goodreads

 What a wonderful, poignant romance full of emotions that will pull at your heartstrings….What I liked: the characters. All of them are well done, grow and change through the story, and are realistic. I liked the HEA ending that satisfied. I loved that rescuing horses and other animals are central to the story not just as rescues but as helpful for healing those with issues.
Vicky, Goodreads

WOW this is a story that could almost break your heart. You are drawn into the internal battles of these two characters almost from the first page and are hoping that they will get a HEA before you turn the last page.
Debbie Caswell, Goodreads

This book and its characters touched me so deeply it really made me cry. It was a great story of hope, being rescued, overcoming guilt, and being able to love yourself so you can fall in love.
Lori R., Goodreads

This is a great emotional read.
Amanda Marlowe, Goodreads

To Heal a Heart is a heart-warming romance.  Well written plot and well-developed characters.  A new author to me and I will be reading more of her books.
Marcia S., Netgalley

Blair and Garret's romance story. Both have issues to overcome, and balance each other out nicely. Set in gorgeous North Dakota (my home state) is an added plus. Love heartwarming stories of rescue animals, returning veterans, and family. Highly recommend this book.
Kaye T., Netgalley

This is a story of healing, helping and trusting.  It was a lovely read and each character engaged me as  reader.  Good read.
Karen C, Netgalley

This is amazing story. Two broken people find each other, yet are afraid to trust each other or themselves. It takes a long road to bring back faith in others and themselves and to realize that joy is not lost. Troubles come up, and though mistakes are made and wrong conclusions, this story is one of the best I have read.
Barbara W., Amazon Reader

I've read several books written by Jana Richards; she has done an excellent job at writing a good book; she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved Blair & Garrett.
Jeanne Richardson, Amazon Reader

The story is an enjoyable, touching, heartbreaking, and emotional romance read.
Kimberly, Amazon Reader

excerpt

He pushed himself to his feet, disconcerted by his unsteadiness. He made a few halting steps toward the gate as Blair ran into the yard.

“I forgot my sweater,” she said, grabbing the garment from the back of a chair and slipping it on. “It’s cooler than I thought. Are you sure you don’t want to watch the fireworks with us?”

“No, I—”

His words were cut off by a loud explosion, and his only thought was that he had to protect Blair. He grabbed her and threw her to the ground, covering her body with his. He was under attack. Why was Blair in Afghanistan? How could he keep her safe?

Through the chaos and noise he heard her muffled voice beneath him. “Garrett, you’re crushing me.”

He shifted his weight slightly. “Shh. I’m sorry. You have to stay down and quiet. I can’t let them hurt you.”

She stopped struggling. “Who’s going to hurt me?”

“Can’t you hear the mortar fire? I have to protect you.”

Her hand rubbed his back in gentle circles. “It’s all right, Garrett. It’s only fireworks. It can’t hurt us. We’re safe here.”

He lifted his head and looked around. He was in Cole and Lauren’s back yard in Masonville. There were no bombs, no shelling, no Taliban. He looked down into Blair’s face, into the pity in her eyes. He rolled off her, disgusted with himself.

Disgusted and scared. He was losing his mind.