Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of Heartsight by Kay Springsteen

Title: Heartsight
Release date: 27th February 2011
Published by: Astrea Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 201 pages in ebook version
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:

On a secluded beach in North Carolina, three lonely people find hope in each other.

HeartsightTrish Evers is an artist and single mother, who has inherited her grandmother's Bed and Breakfast in a North Carolina coastal town. Though she must sell the house, she decides to bring her daughter to the beach for one last summer vacation in her childhood town.

Bella is a six-year-old girl who has Down syndrome. Rejected by her father, Trish, is the only parent she's ever known. Bella likes to explore the beach and has a tendency to wander off. One day, Bella goes exploring on her own, and Trish finds her in the company of an intriguing stranger.

Dan Conway is a U.S. Marine, who had been born into a family of Marines. Now blind as a result of combat injuries and unable to "suit up," he feels he no longer has a purpose in life. He's come home to the beach, where he spends his days in solitude. Dan must learn to believe in himself and to love life again, which he begins to do through his interactions with Bella and Trish. When a hurricane strikes, and Bella wanders off again, her only hope for rescue is Dan.

Working within the confines of his blindness, he must overcome his fear of failure and recall his training in order to search for the little girl and bring her to safety.

My review:

I absolutely loved this book. It was heartwarming, sweet and touched several important issues like prejudice, parenting and understanding your path in life. It was well-written, characters were plausible and believable and the plot was well above average.

Regarding the plot:

Trish is a divorced mom of Bella who has Down syndrome and she has escaped to a beach in North Carolina to paint and give her daughter a possibility to spend her last summer in her childhood town. Trish needs to empty her grandmother’s house for selling it and there she and Bella meet with ex Marine Dan Conway. Dan is blind as a result of war injury and has lost his hope and purpose of life. Bella whose father has abandoned her and her mom because of Down syndrome creates a wonderful friendship with Dan. Through Bella, Dan and Trish are carefully taking their first steps to allow hope and love again into their hearts.

The story itself is beautifully waved to bring these three key persons together. When Bella is disappearing during the hurricane, Dan is her only hope for rescue and Dan needs to put all his internal fears away and to overcome himself and his blindness.

Regarding the characters:

Kay Springsteen did a wonderful job with her characters!

I adored Bella! She was full of life and happiness. The way she reached out for Dan was so sincere and sweet, just like kids do usually. Trish was like a broken bird that needed to learn how to fly again. She was a strong heroine, struggling with the prejudice from other people, surviving the abusive ex husband, trying to stay strong for her child. I really liked her taking the first steps towards trusting another persons, experiencing falling in love again. Dan’s character was my favorite in Heartsight. He found his pride and strength when most needed to stand up for both Trish and Bella – it was simply a guy whom you’d admire!


Heartsight by Kay Springsteen is definitely a must for people for like romance books! It’s real, it’s well-written, it’s warming and the best part of it – it gives you an unforgettable feeling of hope that no matter what happens in your life you can learn how to walk again, to stand up and live your life with a new perspective and new dreams!

Loved it!
5 stars.

5 Flowers!

Thanks goes to Kay Springsteen for providing me the Heartsight for reviewing!

Happy reading!


  1. Thank you, Inga, for such a wonderful review. You have truly left me speechless.

  2. Kay, you are welcome, so did your book! I loved it! Thanks for writing such a sweet and heartwarming book!

  3. This sounds like a really great book. Great review.

    Tia @ Falling For Books