Megan and Crystal are twins. Crystal is an architect, living in New York City and married to a firefighter, Brian. She works too much and her marriage is falling apart. Megan works part-time at a library and lives with her parents in Minnesota. Megan is the recipient of a heart transplant. She goes to a fundraiser for the hospital where she received her new heart and runs into Caleb, who also had a heart transplant and who was Megan’s best friend.
Caleb is a photographer and travels the world. Megan was supposed to be his writing partner. But she turned down Caleb’s offer to come to London and write. Megan gets a letter in the mail stating that the heart donor’s parents want to meet her. She hesitates, then decides to meet them. She is given Amanda’s journal and sees that Amanda made a bucket list. Megan decides to honor Amanda by completing the bucket list.
Her mother freaks out and gets Crystal to go with Megan on the “trip of a lifetime.” Crystal and Megan are estranged and don’t talk often. The trip is a chance to mend some fences. They also meet up with Caleb along the way. Crystal is also working on a project proposal that could earn her a promotion to Senior Architect, a goal she has been working for her whole career. Crystal is out of inspiration and looking for some. She thinks the trip will give her a renewed inspiration for her big project.
When Crystal comes home early because her big presentation has moved up, she goes back to her old ways and causes Brian to move out. She thinks her marriage is over. Megan finishes the bucket list with Caleb and, despite all she has accomplished, goes back to the safety of her part-time job and community in Minnesota, even though she knows it’s not what she really wants. The question then becomes how much, if at all, are they willing to change to find happiness?
The Heart Between Us explores the sisters’ relationship, along with Crystal and Brian’s relationship, and Megan and Caleb’s. There were a couple of point in the story where I either cried or almost cried and really, only Nicholas Sparks does that. I liked this book. It’s a story about finding your courage and confidence. It’s about deciding whose expectations you’re striving to meet. It’s about love and taking people for granted, and finding your own happy ending.
There are a lot of references to God, but I understand, based on the topic of the book. Sometimes I felt it was a bit annoying, but that was probably just me. Overall, I really liked the book. It was well-written and the characters were, for the most part, well-rounded and believable. If you interested in a travelogue and romance, this book will fit the bill.
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