Sunday, April 17, 2011

Heartsight by Kay Springsteen

I was lucky enough to have been given Heartsight by Kay Springsteen to review and I must say it was a pleasure. I really enjoyed this read and it opened my eyes to a few things, how people can be so judgmental and cruel towards the things in life, they dont understand. How people with disabilities, live life to he fullest and the best way they know how !! A love story filled with courage and determination.. Here is the book blurb and my review.

On a secluded beach in North Carolina, three lonely people find hope in each other.

Trish Evers is an artist and single mother, who has inherited her grandmother's Bed and Breakfast in a North Carolina coastal town. Though she must sell the house, she decides to bring her daughter to the beach for one last summer vacation in her childhood town.

Bella is a six-year-old girl who has Down syndrome. Rejected by her father, Trish, is the only parent she's ever known. Bella likes to explore the beach and has a tendency to wander off. One day, Bella goes exploring on her own, and Trish finds her in the company of an intriguing stranger.

Dan Conway is a U.S. Marine, who had been born into a family of Marines. Now blind as a result of combat injuries and unable to "suit up," he feels he no longer has a purpose in life. He's come home to the beach, where he spends his days in solitude. Dan must learn to believe in himself and to love life again, which he begins to do through his interactions with Bella and Trish. When a hurricane strikes, and Bella wanders off again, her only hope for rescue is Dan.

Working within the confines of his blindness, he must overcome his fear of failure and recall his training in order to search for the little girl and bring her to safety.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if the beholder cannot see then they must alone rely upon their heart to tell them.

 Heartsight is a truly inspiring story of hope and love that overcomes many challenges.

Trish Evers is an artist, teacher and a mother to six year old Bella. Bella has Down syndrome, and has been outcast by her father and left to live her life alone with her mother Trish. Trish has returned home to North Carolina, to pack up her grandmothers possessions, and sell the house that she has inherited from her- a Bed and breakfast. She has decided to bring Bella one last summer, to enjoy a holiday and the beach, whilst she paints and gets everything in order.

Bella is a delightfully happy young girl who loves to collect shells and wander off to the beach in her own little world. When she comes across Dan Conway. Dan is a U S Marine who has been blinded during combat and is now living his day one day at a time with no real meaning. In time Bella and Dan grow a close friendship, he teaches her little things and she enjoys his company. Trish also finds herself drawn to this handsome stranger, he has a way with Bella that not only touches Trish's heart but makes her wish for more than she ever bargained for.

Dan feels he is no longer of use and has secluded himself from the world, until he meets Bella and Trish and his world has become not so empty. Trish and Bella have brought upon a feeling that Dan has not felt in a long time - Hope.

A hurricane strikes, Bella has gone missing, and Dan must fight his fears, use his past training to save and bring Bella back home to safely. Will the fears get the better of him - or will he find his true meaning in life?

My Review!!

Heartsight is a truly warm and inspiring story of challenges in life and how they can be overcome. Living a life with a child with disabilities, being judged by those who don’t understand and just trying to live one day at a time, and love to your heart’s desire.

The dialogue was easily flowing and the plot well outlined and present. I really enjoyed the characters, easily to fall in love with, their emotions well portrayed and as you can say *HEARTFELT*. I really felt like it tugged at the heart strings. Moments where you just shake your head at some peoples outlook on people and also make you wander how life can be so cruel and the people in it. This is so very true in real life, people can be so cruel and judgemental at the things they just dont understand. !!

The main characters meshed well together, I enjoyed the passion they shared, it was lustful, sensual and loving but without the over the top physical attributes. Kay showed that love can be present even without the sex involved to form a close love and friendship first. Don’t get me wrong the sexy scenes are ** swoony** and give your heart a little start .. 

 Trish found it hard to bellieve that someone like Dan could like her, she considered herself to be ** fatty patty **. ** X husbands words.  Dan asks Trish to describe herself, this part I thought was so sweet, even though he cannot see, he says all the right things to give Trish that boosts she needs. Trish was a loving and caring character, the love for her child beautifully crafted and admiring. Dan was a mysterious man, in his own ways, drawn within himself not feeling his worth in life; Trish showed him that his blindness was something love conquered over.

Bella was a delightful, happy, bubbly child, full of life and just living every moment to her heart’s desire. I like how Kate involved parts of Down syndrome enlightening the reader as to what’s involved in caring for a child with this disability. Because honestly I learnt a few things from this read... I do realize there is more involved but this insight was interesting and accompanied the storyline well.

The villain was well portrayed to be the monster he was, I’m glad that Kate delivered to him, his just deserts. For someone to be so callous is beyond me, but there are people out in the world who think that a child with disabilities and a man who is blind is a mark on the cross. A burden if you may call it. This story showed the absolute opposite. Loves defies everything!!

Overall, a loving romance, filled with suspense, courage and possibilities for a happy life even if god has cast upon you a few challenges to get through.

I thoroughly enjoyed Heartsight and look forward to reading more of Kates stories.