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"Similar to the mainstream book The Lovely Bones . . . but The Lovely Bones left me with . . . a deep feeling of depression in my soul. A Heartbeat Away, however, left me feeling very content and uplifted. [I especially liked] the way that Rachel Ann Nunes carefully kept the identity of the perpetrator hidden until the end of the book, making the reader suspect first one character, then the next, until it was finally revealed. I also liked the idea that Kristin was experiencing "love among the stars" . . . [and that she was] working behind the scenes, so to speak, to help her family cope, to help find the perpetrator, and to help the spirits of the previous victims advance in the spirit kingdom as well. All in all, this was an excellent book, and I'm glad I read it."
—Melanie Goldmund of Kiel, Germany

"This was my favorite Rachel Ann Nunes book. The plot of this story was extremely complicated, but Rachel Ann Nunes did it so great! She wove together the most beautiful story that had me in tears at the end!"
—Alyson Jensen of Tucson, AZ

"You think it's never going to happen to you. I know because that's how I was—untouchable. Bad things only happen to someone else. Or if something bad actually did happen, it was always something the doctor could fix with fiberglass or a pill.

That's the way it was with my family—at least until the year I turned thirteen."

When their young daughter, Kristin, is kidnapped, Gary and Angie Marshall struggle to make sense of the unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? And why Kristin? As more time passes in their desperate search for their daughter, their hopes slowly dwindle. They are left with "if onlys" and a glaring uncertainty that damages their marriage and their relationships with their other children, especially their oldest daughter, Meghan.

Meanwhile, Kristin is having new experiences of her own. Her first job in her new "life" is to heal the hearts of her family. But doing so turns out to be more of a challenge than she ever expected. How can she get them to let her go so they can find happiness? Or can there ever be a healing after such a devastating trial?

Looming above them all is the question—who is responsible for Kristin's disappearance? Is it their beloved uncle? Their neighbor Dale Loveridge, who once dated Angie Marshall? Or could it be Jay, the young man with a colorful past? Or perhaps someone else entirely?

Time is running out. As she blames herself for Kristin's disappearance, Meghan turns down a road that can only lead to more unhappiness. Kristin must find a way to help her sister find healing—and perhaps love.

A novel of love and the Afterlife from an LDS Christian perspective.

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