Heartsong: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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One of beloved author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, a heartwarming story of hope and possibility, is available for the first time in decades—and exclusively as an eBook.
 
Skye Garvin treasures her work as a volunteer in the pediatric ward of the local hospital. Bringing even a small amount of joy to a suffering child—whether through her playful attitude or her gift for music—is a blessing that Skye cherishes. But due to overcrowding, ...
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Heartsong: A Novel

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Overview

One of beloved author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, a heartwarming story of hope and possibility, is available for the first time in decades—and exclusively as an eBook.
 
Skye Garvin treasures her work as a volunteer in the pediatric ward of the local hospital. Bringing even a small amount of joy to a suffering child—whether through her playful attitude or her gift for music—is a blessing that Skye cherishes. But due to overcrowding, her favorite young patient’s new roommate is an adult—a man who catches Skye completely off guard. Despite his gruff exterior, Skye is compelled to help the unnerving man. But the old scars of personal tragedy—and a fundamental difference of faith—might undermine Skye’s chances at a happy ending.
 
Jordan Kiley can’t imagine anything more frustrating than his current situation. A car accident has left him confined to a hospital bed, his arm painfully pinned in traction. He can’t even feed himself. But when he first lays eyes on the beautiful volunteer, he knows there are far greater challenges awaiting him. Astutely, he senses that Skye’s sparkling wit hides a heart that has been unbearably broken. And Jordan has deep secrets of his own. Can he convince Skye that she is worthy of love—and earn her heart in the process?

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Rose Harbor in Bloom.
 
“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345545220
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Debbie Macomber Classics
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 8,354
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, a leading voice in women’s fiction, is the author of The Inn at Rose Harbor and its e-original prequel, “When First They Met,” and Angels at the Table: A Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas Story, as well as the Cedar Cove and Blossom Street series. Five of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. This prolific author has more than 160 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Sweet Christian romance

    Evidently Macombers first sold story. She has developed quite a lot since then but this is a sweet love story with some good lessons to think about. No crazy monkey sex just people with morals who try to live by a higher standard and learn from their mistakes. If reading a Bible verse or reading about struggles with living a Christian life offend you then this book is not for you. I think this was a good effort for a first book and am glad I read it.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Your sister

    Thank you for thoughtful, wonderful book about love. It was nice to hear about faith in a book, author was opened and loving without being pushy. Lovely story and well written for her first book. Love this author! Book I shared with daughter respect yourself and still fall in love.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Not Macomber's best. This is an inspirational romance, not the r

    Not Macomber's best. This is an inspirational romance, not the regular romances she is better known for. Still, it's an okay story. I wouldn't put it on my keeper shelf, but I enjoyed it enough to finish it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Love The Book

    Love the Christain Book Guess What We All Need God More then ever now Thank You

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    I call this "Christian Literature." If this is what y

    I call this "Christian Literature." If this is what you are interested, fine. But I bought this book based on its summary. I was looking forward to another great Macomber story, but I did not enjoy having religious beliefs constantly pushed at me.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Warning

    This should come with a warning in the summary. It is a VERY Christian story. The story line in the decription was why I bought the book. Yet, it was so clogged with religious injections the story kept getting lost. It just got to the point where I had to skim and skip my way through the book. I now know to avoid all books by this author. :( very disappointed. I wanted a nice happy story, I got a sermon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Too short

    OK romance, but too much religion for my taste. I wish the description was more clear on the extent religion played a part. Also, way too short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Higly Recomended

    I love Debbie Macomber's books, she brings the characters to live and you can easily transport yourself into the time and situation of the characters, she makes so real, and this one in particular is one of those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Ugh

    I tried to like this book. Tried to finish it. I normallly love her books, and I don't even mind the Christian influence as I am one myself, but I felt this book had little substance. It dragged on with little plot and very little character build. If you are looking for a simple love story this may be up your alley. I just like a book with a bit more to it.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    not good

    God is hear you and see you

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Holy bible

    Probverb2

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Sweet

    It was a sweet story and quick read. I love Debbie Macomber books and this was a sweet Christian story by a sweet Christian woman!

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Love, D. Macumbe.

    Sorry haven't read it yet, but am sure I will like it. Love all of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Liked the story, was cute

    Kept my intrest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Recommend

    Very nice easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Christian theme

    This is a Christian themed story that was not outlined in the summary• This author's style of writing is very dry and factual bordering on boring•

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I enjoyed reading this story so much. Debbie Macomber never dis

    I enjoyed reading this story so much. Debbie Macomber never disappoints a reader.

    The story centers on Skye a young christian woman. She teaches and also volunteers at a local hospital.

    One day she meets a man while she is a the hospital and they are mutually attracted to each other. They spend time together, date, fall in love and become engaged. They end up breaking up briefly when Jordan discovers that Skye was not completely honest with him about something.

    This is a must read for Macomber fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    I loved it!

    This is an early novel. I loved it. It's one that I hadn't read before. A simple joyous, religious love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    bhas623

    Debbie Macomber is a master storyteller.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone to read.

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