The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington – Book Review


‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’

Maggie O’Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life.

Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl that saved her life. But as Maggie’s own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for…

Until an unexpected letter changes everything and brings Maggie back into the life of Lucy Harte – and a chance for Maggie to get her life back on track once more.

Lucy’s final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It’s a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by. A chance to make her heart skip a beat with every new discovery she makes; a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good.

Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie’s time is more precious than most and she must make every cherished second count…

Release Date – 6th January 2017

Amazon UK


If you are looking for a book to start your 2017 reads list off with all the feels – happy and sad – then look no further than The Legacy of Lucy Harte! Had the pleasure of reading this yesterday afternoon and it is one of those books where the story grabs you immediately and then doesn’t let go of your heart, mind and soul!

It’s the story of Maggie O’Hara as she faces up to an extremely tough time personally with the break up of her marriage, and she’s beginning to let everything get on top of her and cannot see the way forward. But that’s the time she receives an unlikely reminder of an event from her past that could be the key to helping her move on.

18 years ago she was extremely unwell, and through organ donation received a second chance of life with a new heart. She’d always thought of the young girl whose heart she received, and takes time out every year to remember her and have chats with her, but never made contact with the family. Out of the blue she receives a letter from Lucys’ brother and the wheels are then set in motion for 2 seemingly lost souls to connect and find ways of moving on.

I loved the character of Maggie as she seemed so real with all her thoughts seemingly shared with us, be they good or bad! We also get the chance to revisit the past of both Maggie and Lucy to find out how they got into the situations of being involved with organ donation and those stories bring back some tough memories for both Maggie and Simon, Lucys’ brother.

When Simon and Maggie meet up it really is a touching moment and then through the possessions and diary of Lucy that Simon thinks Maggie should read, we get to see a peek inside the mind of Lucy through her entries and her hopes for the future – something she was unable to fulfill.

Found this the perfect read for the New Year as it talks of second chances and finding the strength to start over and gaining a new persepective on life, no matter what tough times you might be going through there is always a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

An absolute treat to read and a stunning way to get my 2017 reading off to a great start! Please have the tissues ready for this story though – it is one of those that makes you laugh and cry in equal measures!!

My thanks to Harper Impulse and the author, Emma Heatherington, for the review copy.  


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