Review by Mary E. Latela, October 12, 2016
In each of Holly Jacobs’ books, we readers are invited into a deeper understanding of the life journey, with its twists and turns, and filled with love, concern, frustration, and truth. In the earlier novel, Carry Her Heart, we came to know Pip, quiet and reclusive teacher and writer, who gave up her sweet baby to strangers. she was too young and she knew she couldn’t take care of a precious child. To get through the separation she begins a journal for her daughter.
In this book, Hold Her Heart, we experience the toll of keeping love alive when your baby is gone, but you want her to know all of life from your perspective as her birth mother. Little Amanda has grown up in a loving family, moved away, and after breaking up with a boyfriend, is wondering what comes next. A knock at her door brings Ned, husband of Pip, with a secret, urgent request for Amanda to “come home” to help a very ill Pip.
Through these magical – sad but true – pages we learn about how Pip has spent her life giving to others, about the red-haired child Fiona, and a returning character, Logan, who is there to support this family. We witness the endearing blossoming of a relationship between birth mother, Piper, and her daughter.
Holly Jacobs goes deeper and writes with more insight in each of her novels, grappling with real-life challenges. Her characters are wonderfully diverse, contradictory, all drawn together by Pip. The path they travel is not easy, but with warmth and courage, we learn how you find your true home and your everlasting family. A sparkling novel which you must read.