The Legacy of Lucy Hart by Emma Heatherington – Book Review

Title: The Legacy of Lucy Hart

Author: Emma Heatherington

Genre/Themes: Light Fiction, Contemporary Drama, Emotional Drama, Organ Donation

Blurb from Goodreads

‘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…

My Review

Maggie O’Hara is a woman all at sea. She is at that stage in life where she feels life should be something more than it turned out to be. Her world has come crashing down around her as she is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage and immense heartache at how swiftly her ex has moved on with his life. She can’t focus on her job, is unable to communicate with her brother and is generally pretty miserable. She knows she should be more grateful for all she has… But life’s not like that. She can’t seem to escape the ever spiralling sadness that her life has become. 

Until one day she gets a letter… 

You see as a teenager Maggie needed a heart transplant and that heart belonged to a young girl named Lucy Harte. And what follows is a journey of self-discovery and a third chance at living life to its glorious potential. 

This was a very easy to read novel with a plot that I did find myself quickly getting invested in. The character of Maggie was far from perfect; at times she downright irritated me but I think that’s the point. She was incredibly human. This is a book that explores how irrational and ridiculous we can be. How we can blindly listen to our own negative preconceptions and ideas. Throughout the course of the book Maggie certainly blossomed and grew into a character that I really liked.

At times this book was let down by its overuse of stereotypical light-fiction characters and place-settings. And sadly the pace of the book really began to lag somewhere around the middle for me too.

However, while much of the plot was clichéd, and you could say cynically designed to be highly emotive with such a subject matter, it still managed to surprise me at times, and I must admit to shedding a few tears.

It was also filled with some lovely light and comedic moments, and some suitably swoon-worthy situations too. And what was very refreshing is that it was a book that focused more on personal growth and familial love, rather than too much of the plot centring on romantic love.

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