Healing Luke

By Beth Cornelison

Sourcebooks Casablanca - September 2009

Contemporary Romance

Although nobody was at fault, Luke Morgan wore the scars of a tragic accident. An explosion had left him missing both an eye and a thumb, along with burns over much of his body. He couldn't go in public. He could no longer compete with his brother over catching a girl's eye. He didn't bother with his therapy. He simply existed.

Abby Stanford knew she didn't have "it" - that unidentifiable quality that captured a man's interest, and never let go. After all, her own fiance had cheated on her. So here she was, alone on what should have been her honeymoon, determined to still enjoy herself and leaving her work and cares behind.

Instead, she found an assignment. She was an occupational therapist who didn't specialize with Luke's problems, but his brother and father were certain she could help. Abby was the only person who Luke had shown any reaction to since the accident, and they were willing to do anything to help this man they loved.

Healing Luke was an emotional read that captured my interest from the very first page and I did not want to put it down. Even after Luke and Abby's story was over, I wanted to stay with their family. I want to go back and see Luke's brother, Aaron, find a woman to love, as well as their father Bart find happiness. All the characters had suffered pain - Luke, the physical pain of an accident, Abby, the emotional pain of betrayal, Aaron, the guilt of seeing is brother's accident, and Bart, the pain of watching a son suffer. Through it all, it is love that is a constant, underlying force that heals. I adored this story, and I look forward to reading additional stories by this author.

Kathy Andrico - KathysReviewCorner.com