A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Book Description: A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.
Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can’t shake her from his thoughts.
As Mia fights for her life, Dylan, is haunted by the blond hair beauty, and knows he needs to make sure she’s going to be okay.
With a troubled past Dylan has vowed never to completely open himself up to another girl, but Mia continues to knock down every wall he’s constructed. When his past arrives at his front door and threatens once again someone that he loves, will Dylan be able to save Mia yet again? Or will he be too late this time?
A story of love, friendship, and the determination to turn a horrible experience into something worthwhile.
"A Healing Spirit" is book 2 of the Riverview Series, however each is a standalone story.
My thoughts: This book was hard for me to get into. There were so many characters who had the story told from their point of view. Sometimes the points of view overlapped when it didn't seem necessary.
That being said, I did like that the story focused on some issues that may affect young people. One of Mia's best friends wants more to their relationship than friendship. She handled the situation sensitively and let him know he was important to her.
Mia takes a fall from a ski lift chair. Her recovery is not easy. I liked that her friends and family surrounded her and helped her through a very tough time. The compassion shown through the community was admirable and left me with a feeling of hope for the future. I know it was a fictional book, but parts of it were taken from a real life tragedy that the author describes in the back of the book.
Dylan (Mia's love interest) is struggling emotionally after mental, verbal, and physical abuse from his father. He has issues that are real for many people. I loved the support and acceptance that Mia gave him. He is lucky to have someone like her. I believe that it showed the power of compassion and empathy in helping another deal with traumatic situations.
The only real problem that I had with the book was the writing style. The book contains swearing, kissing, and violence.