A Healing Spirit

A Healing Spirit

by Melissa A. Hanson


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A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.

Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can't shake her from his thoughts.

As Mia fights for her life, Dylan, is haunted by the blonde hair beauty, and knows he needs to make sure she's going to be okay.

With a troubled past Dylan has vowed never to completely open himself up to another girl, but Mia continues to knock down every wall he's constructed. When his past arrives at his front door and threatens once again someone that he loves, will Dylan be able to save Mia yet again? Or will he be too late this time?

A story of love, friendship, and the determination to turn a horrible experience into something worthwhile.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996548526
Publisher: MAH
Publication date: 08/17/2015
Series: Riverview Series , #2
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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A Healing Spirit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Brandy1975 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this story. It was a quick, light read. It is short and starts off with the conflict right away. I enjoyed how Mia goes through a terrifying experience and ends of falling in love with the person who saves her. She has an upbeat, positive attitude and doesn't let her injury bring her down. She ends up doing research on safety belts for ski lifts and wants to find a way to bring them to the lifts she goes too as well as bring safety awareness to the people who ski. I like how her friend becomes romantically interested in Mia, but she has no interest and it shows how she handles the situation as well as how he handles the situation. Mia's boyfriend has a hard past life with an abusive father who ended up in jail. His father ends up getting out of jail and then plots his revenge against his son and ex wife. It was interesting how Mia gets involved in this and how once again she handles the situation so well. Her boyfriend and his mom show how truly strong they are when the ex husband returns. However, one point is the whole love at first sight thing, and how it seems be a recurring part of the stories and it just happens so quick.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
All I got to say is WOW! This book is so incredibly well written, a book that I will so totally tell people to read, and it makes me want to hug Mrs. Hanson for giving us another well thought out book. Not only that but this book was also inspired by Keely Proctor who sounds like an amazing kid from the articles I have read online. This book definitely deserves five butterflies. A Healing Spirit by Melissa Hanson grips on about three things that I think is pretty important for us to know about. Much like it’s first counterpart A Healing Heart. A Healing Spirit takes us into the world of Mia, Quinn, and Dylan. The things that A Healing Spirit grips on is mostly ski accidents since this book first takes place during November and then ends in March or April. Ski accidents take place a whole lot more than what people think especially in chairlifts. Mia, much like Keely, is all about trying to get it with where people can see more about these risks that they are taking on chairlifts than with what they think. The second thing that this book grips on is domestic violence. This is more publically known than the ski accidents, well unless you live somewhere near a ski resort, and more something that television shows would rather introduce than a ski accident if it takes place near a mountain. Heading off topic though back to domestic violence. The second main character, Dylan, dealt with domestic violence and probably a whole lot of other people have as well. Not a whole lot of people would like to talk about it but sometimes talking about it helps. This is also a really big thing that not a whole lot of people actually really know a whole lot about but it’s becoming a bit more well-known than a ski accident. The third and last thing that this book grips on is romance. Yeah I know this book is a young adult romance book but it’s a pretty good one. Especially since with how Dylan and Mia met which turned into romance. There is quite a lot. Like Mia and Dylan’s relationship along with one other that doesn’t end up happening but I don’t want to tell you since I would spoil it and yeah that’s all there is about the romance part I think. A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson is such a wonderful book that I think everyone will love to read and tell other people about it. Surely it might make you cry in some parts but what type of romance book doesn’t? Anyways until the next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER ASKED ME TO READ AND GIVE AN HONEST REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK! To read more book reviews like this one please go to my site baronessbooktrove
momisreading More than 1 year ago
Mia and her friends are enjoying a day of skiing when an accident leaves her fighting for her life. As others work to save her, she tries to calm herself by focusing on the green eyes and southern drawl of one of her rescuers. Dylan is the first of the ski patrol to reach the injured girl. After she is taken to the hospital, he can’t stop thinking about her. He has helped others, but has never felt like this before. He finds himself heading to the hospital to find out how she is doing. This is the second book in the series, but stands alone. I haven’t read book one, but was able to enjoy this one completely. Now I want to read the first one! The story is told from the perspective of a few different characters, which adds some dimension to the story. There are some mix-ups with pronouns where they don’t match the person speaking, though. I love the main characters in the story. Mia is full of life. She has so much courage and strength of character. Dylan is brave and strong, but tender and caring. His relationship with his mom is so special. The romance in the book is great! And there is some suspense as well. I really enjoyed it all! Comparable to PG-13 rating I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful story about how bad things can result in good ones. Mia loves skiing but one day she falls off the chairlift and nearly dies. Luckily for her two of the ski patrollers are very close to where she falls and take care of her immediately saving her life. From that day Mia’s life changes for the better. I did really enjoy the book. The author is good at keeping the interest of the reader till the very end.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
Received ebook in exchange for an honest review My Review: As the summary states, this book starts with a freak accident. It really took me off guard. The author does an excellent job of keeping the adrenaline going in the first parts of this book. The action goes from the accident all the way through the rescue process and surgery at the hospital. One could find the details of the process tedious, but I really like seeing it unfold. Also, the entire book is told in different points of view. By doing this, the author gives us the first hand experience in the action. The romantic elements of this story are lovely. I really like seeing these characters come together from a difficult situation. The characters even state in the book that although the accident was horrific, they are glad that it happened so that they could meet and fall in love. There is one scene where the couple take their physical relationship a little farther than I usually like. As they are kissing, there is touching under clothes, but it is very brief. The couple discuss it and what they see in their physical future. As the story continues, there is yet more action at the end of this book. As one of the main character's past relationship comes back in to his life, it turns in to a cat and mouse game. This person is out for revenge and nothing will stop him. It is an unexpected aspect of the story. I can tell about half way through the book that something is going to happen, but it is more action packed than I expected. This is a good mix of action and romance. Again, I really like seeing the different points of view throughout the book. And the action and romance are just the right amount for me. Warnings: Scene with touching under clothes, very brief. Even though there is that brief touching scene, I would let my 17 year old daughter read this book.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I enjoyed A Healing Spirit, book 2 in the Riverview series just as much as I did book 1, A Healing Heart. I was so excited to journey back to this world that I reread book 1 again before I started book 2. I am so glad I did. The characters and story were so fresh in my mind and I loved that I could just continue on with the story and learn more about one of the character's lives. But ... you definitely don't have to read one to enjoy the other. Melissa's stories start off with an intense scene that just makes the reader want to continue. Mia has a terrible accident and you just have to keep reading to make sure everything is going to be okay. Dylan is the Ski Patrol member who helps Mia through her trauma and he can't seem to get her out of his mind. He feels an instant connection to her. 'You know what I always say ... things happen for reasons. We just don't always know why. Follow your instincts, honey. Listen to your heart.' As Mia and Dylan get close, Mia can feel that Dylan has something in his past that he can't get over. She just wants to help him but he won't talk about it. 'Whatever happened to him had hurt him deeply, and I might never know what the cause for that pain had been.' Then the past rears its ugly head and their lives become pretty intense. Let me tell you, you will not want to put the book down when you get to this part! Melissa has written a very enjoyable, entertaining, sweet story with enough drama going on that was a non-stop read for me. Thanks Melissa, for another wonderful trip to Riverview. I hope there will be more! 'Her spirit had been infectious, as it weaved into my heart.'
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson is a romance story aimed at young teens. Nineteen-year-old Mia falls from a ski lift, and Dylan, a ski patrol member, is one of the first on the scene. Mia’s injuries are serious and her friends and family struggle emotionally but continue to support her as she recovers. Mia and Dylan are attracted to each other. Mia decides that something needs to be done about ensuring the safety of ski lifts and begins to investigate ways of bringing about greater awareness and change. Her relationship with Dylan blossoms into romance, but there is a part of his past that he keeps from her. Mia finds herself caught up in danger and abduction when she encounters Dylan’s dangerous, abusive, recently released from prison father as he seeks to inflict his revenge on Dylan and his mother. The writing style of A Healing Spirit is suited to young teens and the theme of young/first love and friendships is one that readers this age will enjoy. The story is told in first person, but from various characters’ points of view rather than one. The author makes it clear who is telling which part so that there is no confusion. This shifting viewpoint gives the reader more insight into the different characters and I found this technique very appealing. The plot moves the story along in a satisfactory way and the tension builds in the last part of the book. Hanson has partly based her book on a real life incident involving a child who fell from a ski lift, and the issues around awareness of safety are brought out through this fictitious story. Dylan’s issues as a survivor of childhood abuse are highlighted in the story too – his feelings of self-blame, guilt, and fear of being rejected if he tells are the common reactions of victims. A good and enjoyable story that deals with some significant issues, wrapped up in a warm and exciting romance.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite Mia is an experienced skier, a girl who has practically grown up on a chair lift. But on that one fateful day before Thanksgiving, none of that matters as she finds herself clinging to life after a skiing accident. It’s going to be up to her own determination, along with the friends and family who will never give up, if she’s going to win this fight for her life that won’t end when she’s finally out of the hospital. Instead, Mia is going to find herself faced with challenges that only continue to grow. With Dylan, Quinn, Natasha, Collin and Bailey, as well as Dylan’s and Mia’s parents, there’s going to be more than enough adventure for one season. A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson is based on a true story and much of what Mia went through is actually the same as what another little girl went through. The characters really drew me in. I felt the entire story was so realistic (which makes sense because it was), but it also felt like the characters were real. They seemed to have dimension to them and they really grew throughout the story. This is not a medical drama (for those who may be confused). A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson is the type of book that any romance lover will enjoy. It’s the story of a young girl overcoming the odds because of her strong spirit, her stubborn will, and maybe because of the young man waiting beside her.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite A Healing Spirit, Riverview Series, Book 2 is a young adult romance written by Melissa A. Hanson. Mia couldn’t wait to get out on the slopes with her friends this morning. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and she had missed Bailey and Natasha who went away to college. Mia still wasn’t sure about her future career plans and decided to go to community college at home instead. After all, Riverview was a pretty nice place to live with the desert, ocean and the mountains all nearby. But everyone was home from college now for the holidays, and there was an early snow, so the five friends were taking advantage of the situation to get some early season snowboarding in. They were on the lift for one last morning run before taking a break for lunch when Mia began to feel as though she were slipping off the chairlift seat. Moments later, she fell thirty feet to the snowdrifts below. Fortunately, she fell right near the ski patrol’s hut, and they rushed out when they heard her hit the ground. No bones were broken, but internal injuries left her in terrible pain and in critical condition. One of the ski patrollers stayed with her as she lay strapped to the backboard, and he held her hand while the ambulance drove to a place where the emergency helicopter could land. And his green eyes kept her mesmerized, despite her pain. Melissa A. Hanson’s young adult romantic suspense novel, A Healing Spirit, Riverview Series, Book 2, is an enthralling and uplifting story. The author notes at the end of the book that her story was influenced by the real-life accident of a young woman. The story is told through the perspectives of Mia, Dylan, Quinn and Mia’s other friends, and this device works marvelously to make the story multi-dimensional and more fully involve the reader in the story. A Healing Spirit is also an accomplished coming of age story that charts the lives of the two young protagonists and their stories. Mia is a splendid, strong and determined young woman who finds her purpose through her accident. Hanson’s writing style is fluid and easy to get lost in. Her romantic plot has elements of suspense woven throughout it that keep the action taut and compelling. A Healing Spirit, Riverview Series, Book 2 is highly recommended.