Review | The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington (@emmalou13)

20 January 2017


Publisher: HarperImpluse 
Pages: 340

‘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…

I saw much talk of this book on Twitter and when I saw it was available for review on NetGalley I just had to request it and luckily my request was granted. When the book opens we meet Maggie who, seventeen years ago, was gifted a new heart and a fresh start at life. Every year she honours the young girl who died and allowed her to live. That's the first thing I adored about this book, the fact that Maggie has never forgotten about the little girl who helped her live. She still keeps her very much in her thoughts and I adored her for that. I guess it wouldn't be an uncommon thing for an organ recipient to do but seeing the effort Maggie goes through to honour her really struck a chord with me.

Maggie's life hasn't been easy and she has recently split from her husband so her heart is broken. She isn't the same and has been leaning on alcohol. That is until her donor's brother, Simon Harte, contacts her. I have often wondered if contact happens often, this book makes it seem like it isn't often done and I can understand why but it would be such a great thing to do if you can. I also loved how Simon did it off his own back and had so much time for Maggie! He really wanted to help her and I hope he knew just how much he did for her in the end.

I loved how Simon got in contact with Maggie and it could not have come at a better time. Maggie was in self-destruct mode even though she knew that the heart she had would not last forever and the longer she abused her body the less time she would have. I loved reading the journey Lucy Harte sends Maggie on and Lucy's journal entries from when she was younger and before her tragic, untimely death. Maggie's journey was such a healing thing to read and seeing the change in Maggie was amazing. Every chapter you could see her developing and moving forward: rediscovering life, love and repairing bridges to reunite her family. 

As I got further and further to the end of the book I had a horrid feeling deep down and I warn you now, this book will make you cry. I cried my heart out for the final few chapters and there was one part towards the end that particular choked me up! I am so glad I read this book and I will be recommending it to everyone I know, this is the kind of book we should all read at least once. 

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