Heather Browning has a heart for the hurting. As a guidance counselor at Gordon Falls High School she will do almost anything to help the students there succeed, especially Simon who is in a wheelchair. She will even put up with her friend JJ's brother, Max "Hot Wheels" Jones.
Max faces everything head on. Even being in a wheel chair, he has flames on his car and wheelchair, and doesn't mind calling attention to himself wherever he goes. He personality is quite the opposite of the timid Simon whom he is supposed to be helping. But Max surprises himself with how much he really does want to help Simon and prove to Heather that he can be a good mentor.
This book starts out strong, with well developed and interesting characters. Max does a lot of growing up and we see great changes in his character and faith. Heather has amazing communication skills and she helps Max see his fall in a whole new way, even when she's mad at him she doesn't tear him down.
But I was very disappointed by the way homeschooling was portrayed in this book, like it was the worst possible option for Simon, and how it made Simon's parents out to be villains for deciding to do so. And I found Max's attitude towards Simon's parents to be childish and disrespectful throughout most of the book, though he did come to his senses later.
Overall, this was a sweet romance with great characters and side characters like Violet Sharpton, who was one of my favorites. An entertaining romance.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he's felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max's bad-boy bravado as intriguing as it is infuriating. But as Heather and Max work together to build Simon's self-confidence, they begin to trust each other. Max has never been slow and careful with anything. Can he be gentle with Heather's heart?
Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town.
If you'd like to read the first chapter of A Heart to Heal, go HERE.