The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
Healed by Love is a USA Today best seller
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" - New York Times best-selling author Brenda Novak
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" - New York Times best seller Lauren BlakelyHealed by Love is Book 1 in The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom big family romance collection (voted best book series by Supportive Business Moms, UK).
In Healed by Love, Nate Braden has loved his best friend's younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he's always kept his feelings at bay. Now he's back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer 16 years old - but there's an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn't make it out alive.
All Braden novels may be enjoyed as stand-alone books or enjoyed as part of the series.
Kleenex will prove to be a neccessity.
Healed by Love captured all the elements of romance. Unrequited love,heartbreak, coming of age, second chances and loss. Minute by minute, hour by hour, heartache by heartache, I fall deeper under the spell of Melissa Foster. From the joy of first love to the heartbreak of loss, Healed by Love bares it's pain to find redemption. Foster has created a classic love story with modern day drama. From Foster's heart to Harrison's voice, Kleenex will prove to be a neccessity.
So many emotions
*** 4.5 stars ***
I've always been fond of the best friends little sister or older brother's best friend (only difference is the perspective) and this one does not fail. Jewel's older brother was Nate's best friend until he was killed in action. Everyone knows that Jewel and Nate love each other, but neither is willing to act on it. Now, two years later, they still won't act on it, but for different reasons.
Nate is harboring guilt. Survivor's guilt and the fact that he was the commanding officer that sent his best friend on his final mission that cost him his life. What will Jewel think of him when he tells her that he was the one who sent her brother to his death?
Jewel is so afraid of losing people she loves, she refuses to love anyone other than her family. First she lost her father. Then her brother. She guards herself and her siblings from anything that could potentially harm them. Unfortunately, her siblings are starting to resent her for it. She has built up walls so she can't be hurt again by loss. Will Nate be able to break down those walls and open her up to love?
As always, BJ Harrison does a great job of portraying another Braden. But I really enjoyed his heartfelt portrayal of Jewel. The walls, the fear, the anger. So many emotions in this
Nate and Jewell
Nate Braden has been in love with Jewell Fisher for a very long time. The only problem is, she is his best friends’ sister. Nate and Rick served in Afghanistan together when a snipper takes Rick’s life on a mission given to him by Nate. Now Nate lives with survivor’s guilt.
After the death of her father and then her brother, Jewell has stepped in to help her mother with her younger siblings. She is a little over the top with her overbearing, paranoid ways; so much so that she does not have a life of her own. As Nate and Jewell confess their feelings for one another, will Jewell be able to forgive Nate when he finally reveals that the mission that got Rick killed was handed down by him. Will Nate forgiven himself so that he and Jewell will be able to find their HEA?