The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

The Heart Between Us

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she pl...

Details The Heart Between Us

TitleThe Heart Between Us
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian, Romance

Reviews The Heart Between Us

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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    *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*READ FULL REVIEW IN MY BLOG:'s so nice to read something different that I actually enjoyed from the usual genres I read. The story revolve around God & Faith, Family & Relationships and Trave...
  • Staci
    Lindsay Harrel's sophomore novel is about twins Megan and Crystal. Megan had fragile health as a child due to a weak heart. Following a heart transplant she lives out the bucket list of her donor. This was a great opportunity for Megan and Crystal to work through some of their relationship issues as well as each sister to confront their own character flaws.While I enjoyed this novel overall, I struggled with at least one decision made by each sis...
  • Andrea Cox
    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive.This is Lindsay Harrel's second book, and it's becoming evident to me that her trademark is going to be incredibly deep character journeys. This book, as the title suggests, is full of heart. From beginning to end, the passion for life and figuring out one's faith and laying down one's fears make this journey one wo...
  • Madison
    3.5 stars.The Heart Between Us contains an epic journey - both around the world and through the steps of relationship reconciliation. Two sisters, both trying to find answers, two love stories, both about second chances and new beginnings, and a whole lot of travel.Megan Jacobs is stuck - still living at home with her parents even though she is now in her thirties, still working part-time in a job that she likes but doesn’t love, still wonderin...
  • Melissa
    Life Fully Booked Review of The Heart Between UsI highly recommend this heartwarming and soul-challenging novel. The focus on God to help us through our fears and to rely on His control is something everyone needs a reminder of regularly.
  • Jemima
    Title: The Heat Between Us: Two sisters, One Heart Transplant, and a Bucket List Author: Lindsay Harrel Genre: Contemporary Publication Date: March 13, 2018 The Heart Between Us is my first Lindsay Harrel book and honestly, I really enjoyed the idea of the book. This book is a contemporary book that has elements of Christian faith and it teases the hearts of those with a wanderlust soul.I really appreciated that this book touches the different a...
  • Rachael
    I just finished...and I.Just.Cant. I don’t cry watching movies...I don’t cry actual tears reading books. I silently sobbed...even in front of my hubby, after this one was read. However, having got a debilitating neuro disease at 16, being the oldest of five siblings...I’ve often wondered how they felt about some of the drastic changes our life too once I was ill. This book touches on that subjects...and others that are so personal.For me, t...
  • Melanie
    The Heart Between Us was a beautiful story. It was my first read by Lindsay Harrel, but it definitely won't be my last. This story, in my opinion, is a perfect example of contemporary fiction done well. There's romance, but there is so much more to the plot. In fact, the romance is secondary to the sister's (Megan and Crystal) journey...and what a journey it was!It took me a couple chapters to get hooked by the story but after that I was flipping...
  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    I liked THE HEART BETWEEN US but didn’t fall head over heels for it. That’s partly personal preference and part overall style, but I’ll get to all that, just keep reading.THE HEART BETWEEN US has a certain quality to it that reminded me of the Amanda Bynes film “What a Girl Wants”. The stories aren’t necessarily similar, but the vibes just felt the same. The American in a foreign land with strained family ties and sightseeing montages...
  • Courtney Clark
    This little story encompasses relationships, travel, romance, and a poignant story of siblings as they embark on a life-changing journey. I don't think I've EVER been to so many countries and continents vicariously through just 1 story. 🗼I like surprises. The Heart Between Us surprised me in the best way! I expected a cute, fun story about Megan, maybe even a journey of self discovery, with emotional moments, of course. I did NOT expect all th...
  • Michelle
    I love reading new to me authors! This book intrigued me, though I am rather picky with contemporary stories. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and changed over the course of the book, which I always like to see. I loved the different travel settings throughout the story. I could better relate to Crystal and her storyline but I enjoyed reading both parts. Some parts of the book were slow, some were slightly rushed throu...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Spun with irresistible dialogue and a unique premise, The Heart Between Us is a unique canvas of women's fiction, threaded with romance, that transplants the reader to a buoyant collage of European locales. A bucket list adventure underscored by deeper tenets of faith, friendship and the bonds that tether us together even as we drift apart. A colourful thesis of dreams and reconciling passion with circumstance, this will appeal to those with a he...
  • Brittany
    The Heart Between Us was packed with depth and emotion! I ended up with both a paperback copy and an audio copy. I listened to most of the book on audio and then finished out the last eighteen chapters by reading the paperback. The narrator did a nice job on this story, using differing voices for the various characters. I enjoyed the narration on this audio book very much.I loved the journal entries in this novel. It helped slowly reveal who Aman...
  • Kristin
    Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Christian or Secular: ChristianASEL Rating: mild violence (though no detailed description)Content to be aware of: This book includes a character that survived child molestation. No details are given. The situatio...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    This a book with some heart. I loved how Harrel writes with so much heart and she has relationships down to a science. I love how she made this book about family and relationships and oh so important communication. You are going to love it from beginning to end.In this book you are going to get to travel, that's always a plus in my opinion. You will go to From Rome to Australia to Greece to Peru. Now you know you want to dive in to this book afte...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4.5 stars“God wants nothing more than to restore us…”I expected this to be an inspiring story with lots of feels and travel adventures I could vicariously live through. And it is. But the concept of heart – and all it means for the different players – and the healing that is painted on these pages far exceeded my expectations.I absolutely love Megan. She is such a layered character with a sweet personality and more courage than she give...
  • Amy
    3.5 stars -To be absolutely honest, it took me some time to really grab what was happening with the plot with this book. In fact there was a moment in which I considered putting the book down for good. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Twin sisters Crystal & Megan are so far apart, physically - emotionally. They haven't spoken or seen each other in years. One a talented junior architect for a prestigious Manhattan firm. Married and struggling to bal...
  • Catherine
    A sweet story of sisterhood, familial bonds, sacrificial love and finding your own identity amidst the storms of life. Poignant with tender moments, as well as laughter, The Heart Between Us is a touching novel that is sure to please.
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Heart Between Us is a beautiful, beautiful story! Two sisters... lost in their own feelings, in their own fears. Story: The Heart Between Us is a very realistic story, even if not all of us go through a heart transplant, it was easy t...
  • Raechel
    Prepare yourself for an excited review ;)I’d been eyeing this book for a while just because of the cover alone, so you better believe I snatched it up eagerly when it became available to review! I knew it was one of those books that even if I didn’t like it, the cover was enough for me to drool over it continually. But of course, no worries about not liking the book – I more than liked it! In fact, I quite loved this novel! “The Heart Bet...
  • Laura
    Lindsay Harrel's new book THE HEART BETWEEN US is the first book I read by this author. The cover intrigued me, and I love Big Ben so even though I was sold by the blurb I had to read it due to the cover. Lousy way to judge a book, right? :)Megan and Crystal are about as opposite as twin sisters could possibly be and due to Megan's bad heart they lived totally different lives from the beginning. Crystal got all the opportunities, Megan laid in th...
  • Melissa Henderson
    Beautiful story showing how even while stressful circumstances can cause tension between siblings, there is hope to find the way back to each other. Each person in the story handles life in different and unique ways. I cried while reading this one. The author writes with great emotion and empathy. A story I will read again. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my own personal honest opinion.
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    A Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel is a unique book filled with romance and a set of twin women determined to make a way for their lives. Megan finally after years with a heart defect receives a new heart and wants to travel and complete the bucket list for Amanda, the girl who donated her heart. While on the other hand, Crystal, her twin sister, lives the perfect life in New York City with her husband and her dream job.Harrel is a good writer ...
  • Dana Michael
    I just finished this book and it's midnight. I couldn't put it down until I finished. This story is a poignant look at family, and priorities. What is the most important thing in life? Two sisters embark on a trip of a lifetime to figure this out. A romantic tale of finding love, re-claiming love and offering forgiveness. I definitely recommend this book because it shows hope in overcoming hardships in relationships. *I was given a copy of this b...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    This book. Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin. How about here - When I first knew one of the main characters was a heart transplant recipient, I was a little nervous to pick it up. My husband had a liver transplant years ago, and I was afraid that all sorts of memories would resurface. I wasn't sure I wanted to go down that road, it was scary as a wife to see him go through that, and watch our daughter deal with it. So from this aspect, I conn...
  • Chastity Ray
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up The Heart Between Us. I like general fiction, even general romantic fiction but sometimes it can be too over the top. It seems like the girl always finds herself in impossible situations and a guy just happens to come along who has all the answers. He says the right things and fits her mental list of what she's looking for in a man and they fall madly in love. If you're like me and you're tired of the...
  • Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
    Thank you NetGalley for providing me an e-book of this novel.**You can view my full review on my blog, Here **At first I wasn’t quite sure what I felt towards the book – as it started kinda slow for me. I needed a bit of adaptation to the english words that were flowing my brain rather than my usual french ones. I kept reading past that, and soon enough in their travel, I got filled with freedom – and the urge to go visit all thoses wonder...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef, and a night in a Celtic castle are just some of the experiences you’ll share with Megan and her sister Crystal when you pick up this book. But you'll share more than a physical journey with them; you’ll share an emotional one too—one that confronts years of disappointments and fears due to Megan’s life in and out of hospital with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. And the disappointments and ...
  • Karen
    A heartfelt contemporary story with a lot of hope, faith and romance! The unique plot of this story was quite interesting, incorporating the past journal entries with the current blog as Megan filled in her own experiences. There was a lot of depth to the story, especially as the sisters worked through their own relationship, and both began to heal. The main characters were developed well, and the author does a good job of describing what they a...