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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Love Heals all Pain by Melissa Miller

Love Heals all Pain by Melissa Miller
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (176 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 2 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

A strong woman, Rachel Connors faces the possibility of breast cancer. Scared and alone, she keeps her fears to herself. Going home to Tennessee for the holidays for the first time in years, Rachel meets Kyle Landers.

Kyle has decided from the start to not like Rachel. Her absence has been hard on her parents - two loving people who took Kyle under their wing when he had no one. But is his anger misplaced? Is there more to Rachel Connors than he first thought?

Overcoming a rocky beginning, Kyle and Rachel fall in love. But will it last? Can love prevail against the trials they will face?

This story covers several decades and has a host of characters who are interesting and likeable. The packed itinerary in this book, however, attempts to cover too much story in too few pages, and prevented this reader from connecting too closely with members of the author's 'cast' which tended to create a perceived shallowness in her hero and heroines.

The constant tragedies and disasters that befell the family overwhelmed me, to the point that when the story ended, it failed to convince me that love does heal all pain, even though the ending is neatly tied up.

The enormity of the contents of the story allows little room or time for the author to create in-depth characters, but her ability to create vivid background scenery shines through. This author is clearly talented, but perhaps took on a bit too much with the story. Still, despite my concerns noted previously, the evocative and well-presented plot and made this story something I'm not sorry I read.


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