Library Journal Review
Growing up, twins Megan and Crystal Jacobs could not have led more different lives. While Crystal was off playing sports and dating, Megan's bad heart sidelined her to a childhood of hospitalizations. Even the heart transplant Megan receives as an adult is not enough to give her the courage to try life on for size. She chooses instead to remain in the comfort zone of living with her parents and working in a library. Crystal, now married, is off on yet another adventure and seemingly too busy for her sister. When Megan receives the journal of her teenage donor, she discovers a bucket list that was never completed. Armed with new confidence, she decides that she will honor her donor by completing the items on the list one at a time. Joined by friend Caleb and surprisingly, Crystal, Megan takes an unforgettable journey that brings new hope for a new life for all. VERDICT A tenderhearted story of second chances, Harrel's sophomore effort (after One More Song To Sing) pairs expressive language with well-drawn characters and will attract admirers of Laura Frantz and Melissa Tagg. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
A bucket list from the diary of an organ donor sparks a healing journey for two sisters in this poignant tale from Harrel (One More Song to Sing). Megan Jacobs, born with a defective heart, finally receives a heart transplant at the age of 28. Although she is soon feeling much better, she also feels guilty that she isn't making full use of her new vitality and decides to meet the family of the heart donor to express her appreciation. The donor's parents give Megan her old diary, which also includes a bucket list: visit the Great Wall of China, swim the Great Barrier Reef, run with the bulls in Pamplona, kiss a stranger in the rain, and so on. During Megan's years of sickness, her twin sister, Crystal, braced for losing Megan by distancing herself. In an act of spontaneity, Crystal decides to take a sabbatical from her job as an architect and agrees to accompany Megan. Traveling together brings reconciliation and relaxation for the sisters. Although light on faith elements, Harrel's book, with many descriptions of delicious foods and famous landmarks from around the globe, will please readers of travel fiction looking for an inspirational story. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Despite a successful heart transplant three years ago, Meg finds herself a long way from the writing and traveling life she dreamed of. The biggest gap lies between Meg and her twin sister, Crystal, who all but disappeared after the transplant. An opportunity to complete the bucket list of the donor of her new heart sends Meg off on the adventure she's waited her whole life for. When Crystal decides to join her, Meg discovers that Crystal's life hasn't been as perfect as she'd imagined, and the heart that came between them three years ago may, along with faith in God, bring them back together. Narration by both Meg and Crystal, full of emotion and soul-searching, will resonate with anyone who has struggled to see another point of view. Both characters are drawn as independent and persistent, occasionally to their detriment, but not too stubborn to get past stumbling blocks. Harrel's (One More Song to Sing, 2016) second novel is a charmingly gentle read that will please those who enjoy faith-based, hopeful fiction with a delightfully positive tone.--Babiasz, Tracy Copyright 2018 Booklist