Healed by Love (book review)

Healed by Love was written by Melissa Foster.  It is Book #1 The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, Book #13 The Bradens series, Love in Bloom #25.  This post was organized by Beck Valley Book Tours.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

NEW BOOK RELEASE........

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.

THE BRADENS AT PEACEFUL HARBOR are one of the newest additions to the Braden series and the LOVE IN BLOOM family.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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My review:

I'm not sure what to focus on for my review... because Nate and Jewel were dealing with so many deep issues, both together and separately.  They were so perfect together... but had so much to overcome to reach each other.  I found myself wanting to grab them each by the shoulders and shake them.  I do understand each of them dealing with the grief of losing Rick.  I do understand the difficulties of survivors guilt. I also understand being too much up inside your head.

Once again I'm LOVING the families that Melissa Foster creates.  The dynamics between Nate and his siblings was fabulous.  There was energy in their interactions.  You could feel it as you read.  I love how different they all are... but how supportive they all are.  I totally related to his siblings when they would tease and lecture him on Jewel.  I swear they wanted to grab him and shake some sense into him too.  They could all see what he was going through.  They wanted him happy.

My favorite scenes between Nate and Jewel had to be when they would get so caught up in each other that they couldn't control what they would say.  It was like the heat between them freed their minds to spill what they were REALLY thinking and wanting to say.  There was just so much struggle between them both wanting what they wanted... but not wanting to push the other... but wanting to do what was right... but wanting to do what FELT right.  The sexual tension was excruciating!  But, they so obviously loved each other forever.

I loved when Nate spoke with Jewel and Rick's mother.  She offered such an amazing perspective.  She had such insight into her children and Nate.  While what she had to say really moved the story... I have to say I was annoyed with her.  That conversation made her seem so wonderful and knowing... but she saw that Jewel was dealing with their family loses by losing herself to essentially become a parent to her siblings.  It was great that as a mom she was able to work full time and go to school... but if it really created a situation where Jewel had to step in to pick up the slack (which seemed sometimes she did... and sometimes she was overcompensating)... then it was really selfish on her mother's part.  So, either she was taking advantage of Jewel's help... or she was ignoring a problem she knew Jewel was having.  I think she just confused me.  She KNEW Jewel was the "glue and the bars" but she didn't do anything to make it better.  I feel like if she was so knowing and aware of the situation... she could have done something to help Jewel.

About the author:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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