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July 6, 2017

Healing Love {Jennifer Slattery}

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A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

My Thoughts:

I have read so many great reviews of Slattery’s books and was thrilled when she contacted me about Healing Love. I admit this book started a little slow for me. Character and setting development seemed to take several chapters. We meet Brook and her family and friends, get to meet many of those she works with, and learn much about her dreams and insecurities. We also travel to El Salvador to meet the people there and many locations of poverty and despair.

Then Brooke heads on a mission trip to El Salvador, and this story really picks up and becomes one of those you cannot put down. As Brooke is exposed to the orphan children, we see her heart completely break for every single one. She changes her attitude about the trip and immerses herself in the people she meets.

As the story continues on we also see the relationship between Brooke and Ubaldo intensify into the kind of romance that makes you weak in the knees. Moreover, when Brooke boards the plane and heads home, I felt so sad for everyone involved.

However, our God always knows what he is doing and can orchestrate anything he wants. I will not spoil this for you but the decisions that happen in the lives of Brooke, Ubaldo and their families will show just what love and a heart for God's people can do.

I enjoyed this book so much. The story, the people, and the mission spoke to God's love and goodness. While this was my first read from.Slattery, it certainly will not be my last.