The cover story:
Sean Raleigh has fired every nurse and physical therapist within firing radius. He wants to be left alone in his invalid despair. But when his best friend hires the beautiful Jaclyn Dalton, Sean's curiosity about her selflessness and unwavering faith keeps him from sending her away.
Jaclyn needs this job to stay in Montana, but Sean's icy heart and raging bitterness threaten to drive her away.
He believes his immobility is a punishment from some controlling but distant deity, yet she sees him crying out for a compassionate God he doesn't believe in. Jaclyn wants to help Sean recognize the grace that can be his, even if she has to leave him to do it, which draws her into a surprising level of emotional vulnerability-a vulnerability that will be the key to healing Sean's wounded heart.
admit that initially I wasn’t too fond of Sean, the shoe-throwing jerk who
refused to do physical therapy or hang onto a nurse. But as the story
progressed and the details of his accident emerged, he grew on me, and I
appreciated how much courage and strength it took for him to change over the
course of the book.
he touched her soft skin, he forgot all about his knee injuries, his braces,
and the fact that he couldn’t stand on his own legs yet. Her smooth hand in his
own, combined with the solid strength of her grip, produced a heavy thud in his
chest. For one glorious moment, he could have been a whole, healthy man again,
able to climb a mountain. ~Sean Raleigh
Christians based on his experience with his father, but Carter and Jaclyn’s
selfless actions slowly erode his opinion. Faced with an angry and bitter
former athlete, I’m not sure I would’ve showered him with unending grace and generous
love like Carter and Jaclyn, but it was a great picture of how God loves us,
despite our bitterness and brokenness and in the midst of our pain and
struggles. Sean also questions whether he could believe in a God who allowed
bad things like his accident to happen.
loved a God who was real. His dad used religion to get obedience from his
children, or his employees, or his wife. He used a set of beliefs to get what
he wanted out of other people. He had no concept of who God really was.
hard to separate the two, since they claimed to worship the same God. But they
didn’t. A blind fool could see the difference.
Sean did the most growing in His Wounded
Heart, Jaclyn struggled through a rough patch herself. I appreciated that
she didn’t waver in her faith, but I actually doubted if this book would
deliver a happily-ever-after.
peaceful feeling spread through her chest, and she closed her eyes. As she
often did when she felt God’s presence, she opened her imagination, and let the
Holy Spirit comfort her. She imagined herself as a little girl, sitting on her
father’s lap, held safely in his powerful arms. The peace deepened. God was at
her side, and no matter what happened, He would always be with her like this.
much depth, physical, emotional, and
spiritual, this isn’t a fluffy romance to scurry through in a couple hours.
I savored this one over a few hours, rooting for Sean to be physically healed and for both of them to be emotionally whole so
they could be together. Overall, I really enjoyed His Wounded Heart and would definitely pick up another book by R.
Disclaimer: I received His Wounded Heart free from Pelican Book Group as part of their 40 days of Lent free e-book program.
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