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Book Review: The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington
Today's review is for the warm and uplifting story The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington. ‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’
Title: The Legacy of Lucy Harte
Author: Emma Heatherington
Published: January 6th 2017 by HarperImpulse
Blurb: Maggie O'Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life.
Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl that saved her life. But as Maggie's own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for…
Until an unexpected letter changes everything and brings Maggie back into the life of Lucy Harte – and a chance for Maggie to get her life back on track once more.
Lucy's final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It's a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by. A chance to make her heart skip a beat with every new discovery she makes; a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good.
Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie's time is more precious than most and she must make every cherished second count…
Review: The Legacy of Lucy Harte is a very special story, not only for the topic it handles but also for its characters. The topic is a very important one: organ donation. How the death of a person can help save the life of another. In this story, when Maggie was a teenager, she received the most precious gift from Lucy Harte: her heart. This heart has given her a life for the last 16 years, but it seems that Maggie has lost sight of what is really important in her life. But when she is contacted by Lucy's only living relative, her brother, she realises how she's been wasting this special gift.
In the story, there's a bit of serendipity magic: just when Maggie's life is collapsing, she gets the help of Lucy again, guiding her to accomplish more, wish for more and go for it. I found it very interesting and touching, how the lives of these two characters connected and intertwined, you got to really know them both and care for them. And you could really get an energy from Lucy while reading about her. I could totally picture how Maggie must have felt reading about her.
After Maggie met Lucy's brother, the story took some unexpected twists that left me wondering all the time what was going to happen next. It was a real pleasure to follow Maggie on her new adventures and I can truly say the this story, especially the ending, really touching my heart. It's one of those stories that not only touches you but also inspires you to enjoy life and don't get lost in the minor details and obstacles. It also raises awareness in a very important issue, that is organ donors. I think that the author handled this topic with care and respect and created a beautiful and compelling story and will leave no one indifferent.
Rating: 4 stars
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.