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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Review: The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington

Don't you love it when you open the cover of a book and are instantly grabbed by an author? I found this with Emma Heatherington. Her story-telling is completely unapologetic, her tone blunt and her characters far from perfect. I was instantly mesmerised.

Maggie’s life has taken a turn for the worse. Everything seems to be crumbing around her and she’s really not dealing with it well. The thing with Maggie is, her time is very precious. 18 years ago, she received a new lease of life in the shape of a donor heart. The problem is- her time with her second-hand heart is limited and incredibly precious- and here it is trickling away from her.

Maggie has always felt tied to the little girl whose heart she now has. Lucy Harte gave her a second
chance. Now, Lucy gives Maggie another gift- and another chance to save her life.

The thing that I loved most about this book is that it is far from sugar-coated. Dealing with grief, loss, guilt, love and death- it packs a huge emotional punch whilst keeping the story incredibly real.

This is the second book about organ donation I’ve read over the last month- the other being Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray (review here) and both have opened my eyes to different elements of the process. Instructions dealt with the waiting game for the op and the emotion directly after transplant. The Legacy of Lucy Harte deals with the emotions that remain years after the operation has taken place, the lasting effects it can have on a family unit and, of course, the fact that a transplant isn’t a long-term solution in the sense that there is still a limited time with your new organ even if the operation is successful. I had no idea about this.

So what you have here is a strong, gripping story about a lovable character who has lost her way, but with the help of friends, family, strangers and her guardian angel- she finds her way back to life. And the ending is perfect. Again, very real, raw and full of emotion.

Hugely life-affirming, this is a book that makes you want to grab life by the balls.

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The Blurb:
'Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’

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 who 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 Maggie’s life.

It seems 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 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. She must make every cherished second count…

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