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Contemporary Romance | The Legacy of Lucy Harte | Emma Heatherington

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I was prepared for tears when I picked up The Legacy of Lucy Harte to read but despite the sorrow, Emma Heatherington skillfully focuses on the positives and how lives can be changed.  To my surprise, I saw this story as a celebration of  life rather than a cause for grieving.

Book cover for The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: HarperImpulse (12 Jan. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0008194866

ISBN-13: 978-0008194864

‘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…


I loved Maggie!  Meeting her when life is desolate and she’s on a downward spiral, I took her into my heart from the beginning.  But it’s not just that.  She draws you in with her humour and her bursts of optimism make you wish things could have been different …

The letter is the key for Maggie to take control and wow! we travel to some places that stir up emotions and fear of change.  Dublin, Nashville and Millau in France all come alive.  I think if I visited Millau I wouldn’t want to leave!

I liked that the backstory is revealed at a slow pace.  I did want to know and I was intrigued but I was just as caught up in Maggie’s challenges and what was happening in the present time.  When we do find out it adds even more depth and for me, gave an emotional hook to Lucy and her family.

Once again the pigeon-holed genre ‘contemporary romance’ doesn’t fit.  Yes there is romance (an amazing scene on a rowboat in Millau, France touched my soul as much as it did Maggie’s!) but that’s a small part of the story compared to the relationship between Maggie and Lucy and the realisations and healing that take place.  Throughout the story we get to understand a little of how a recipient of a donor might feel.  One simple but evocative quote from Maggie undone me:

I don’t want to be the woman with someone else’s heart.

The Legacy of Lucy Harte is an inspiring story.  Yes it is heartbreaking but it’s also life affirming.  I wish I could share some quotes with you (but no spoilers!).  If you’re feeling in a rut, it will give you a lift and get you moving forwards again.  It’s a thought provoking story and one you’ll be thinking about a long time after you’ve finished reading.

It’s a Keeper.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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