“My review from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews:
“My review from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews:
Sometimes you read a book and it just hits you in the solar plexus, it robs you of your breath, it makes you cry, it hurts but in return you get a wonderful and inspiring story that will most likely change your life. If it doesn't, I can bet that it will make you think about life and death in a new light. Right about now you are wondering if this is a book you want to read and I understand that, but I will tell you that you will not be disappointed. You'll be uplifted, filled with hope, and without a doubt you'll learn that sometimes despite your grief; life goes on.
Jennalyn James and Ryland Davids meet under horrendous circumstances. Jennalyn's much younger sister, Sabrina, is dying from a brain injury she sustained in the car accident that killed both their parents. Ryland is the hospital administrator who befriended Sabrina during her stay. He and Jennalyn were with Sabrina when she drew her last breath, he helped Jennalyn gain her composure and then she walked out of the hospital and out of his life. But, Sabrina had a dying wish one that he feels he must fulfill, and to do that he has to jump back in to Jennalyn's life even if she's not ready for it.
Despite Jennalyn's concern for how she'll handle being in the hospital again she agrees to help Ryland with a Month of Miracles for several children from the hospital. She really doesn't want to do it but when Ryland produces a recording of her sister asking her to please help him with this project, she's unable to refuse. Jennalyn is a hard character to get to know; she's very closed off, and she's obviously still reeling from the death of her parents and her sister. On top of that her fiancé left her about a month before her sister's death because life got too real. She refuses to get close to anyone but finds it hard to resist the children and the families she's working with and Ryland who becomes her rock. Ryland is a pretty amazing man. He suffered a terrible loss many years ago but it only led him on the path to work with children. Although he no longer practices medicine, he is very involved with the children and families at his hospital. He feels something for Jennalyn and although he's not sure what it is, he wants to explore it further. But, he won't rush her and he wants her to be in the right frame of mind before they embark on a sexual relationship. He's really a great guy in more ways than one and we see it throughout the book. Jennalyn sees it as well but she still refuses to have a serious relationship with anyone including Ryland.
I really loved how throughout this book we saw Jennalyn move beyond her grief. It was always still there in the background but she really started living her life again. It was slow and happened over several weeks and encounters with recovering children. It also helped that Ryland was there to facilitate it. We also saw how difficult it is for a doctor (or administrator) to turn off their feelings and emotions with patients. While Ryland did figure out after his interactions with Sabrina that he couldn't be that involved again, it was a tough lesson for him to learn and even still he slipped. We get to see firsthand how hard it is when a doctor loses a patient.
Then there are the children most of whom were recovering and considered success stories. It was wonderful to read how these children are recovering despite the odds. It made me remember the time I've spent volunteering for Children's Miracle Network and the time I spent in Cook's Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth and at the Ronald McDonald house near there. I experienced a flood of memories from my own experiences working with children just like those in this book.
I can't even begin to explain the range of emotions I had as I read through this book. I will tell you that I cried, I was surprised, I was flabbergasted, and I cheered and that was just in the last three chapters. That's not to say I didn't experience those feelings and emotions in the other chapters but the last three...wow!
Without a doubt, Her Miracle Man is unlike any romance novel you've ever read. This isn't a book; it's a journey through life, death, grief, and learning to live again. It is not lighthearted, it is not sappy, but it's original, touching, and you will be forever changed by the unwavering determination of one little girl by the name of Sabrina. Yes, I know Sabrina is a fictional character but I can almost guarantee that there are many real life children out there just like her and so if you can't honor a fictional character, let's honor them. They all deserve it!