About the Story:
Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.
When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.
As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.
Meet Megan Jacobs
Occupation: Library aide
Megan has always wanted to be a travel writer. When she decides to complete Amanda’s bucket list, she does it as much for Amanda as for herself. With her donor’s parents’ blessing, she starts a blog and writes an entry for every location she visits.
Of course, nothing in life is ever easy. Megan faces several challenges before she even begins: she’s never traveled anywhere before (so she’s rather naïve!), she constantly worries about relapsing (so she’s a health nut to the extreme), and her estranged sister Crystal—who once-upon-a-time was her best friend and now is a virtual stranger—wants to come along for her own reasons.
Despite all of that, Megan remains positive and friendly. She has not let life steal her light, even in the darkest of times. Though she doesn’t realize it, she’s an inspiration to everyone who knows her.
But will she ever be able to take a leap of faith and learn to live her life—the one she never thought she’d have—to the fullest?
Meet Caleb Watkins
Occupation: Travel Photographer
He spent years in the hospital as a teen and 20-something. In fact, that’s how he met Megan. They were often in the hospital at the same time, and together they watched the Travel Channel and flipped through countless issues of National Geographic, deciding that someday they’d travel the world together—he would take the photos and she’d write the articles.
When he finally got a heart transplant a few years before Megan did, he decided he wouldn’t waste another day not pursuing his dream. Now he spends most of his time out on safari in Africa, attending festivals in Denmark, trekking through Tibet, and pursuing any other adventure he can.
The way he lives life takes courage—something Megan desperately wants, but is afraid to pursue. In fact, Caleb is the one who inspires Megan to take the first step toward her own adventure. He doesn’t seem afraid of anything.
But he’s got a secret. He’s crazy about her.
When they meet up during Megan’s trip around the world, will he finally have the courage to pursue something more—with her?
Read The Heart Between Us, which releases March 13, and FIND OUT!
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About the Author:
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time.