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Healing Notes by Maggie Jaimeson & Giveaway


Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.

Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn’t imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel’s life is a mess.

A year of trying to prove to herself that she’s woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he’s suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she’ll know how to be a part of the family she’s always wanted.

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My View: I haven’t read the first book in the series but this one stands alone well enough. I did not feel like I was getting confused or I had missed out a chunk of the plot, it all fell along nicely.

This book deals with a very sensitive issue of rape and makes things very clear indeed for everyone involved – the victim, the caregivers/ support system and to the outsiders on the heinous crime, the emotions involved and how it is so NOT the victim’s fault or lead-on.

The book has many moods, from the music the band plays, the violin lessons, to the romance, the bad marriages, friendships and emotions involved. And there’s a cute little girl in there who managed to string my heart and that’s no mean feat since I’m not that great a fan of kids. The author is spot-on with the characterization of Claire.

The book ties along the various characters, the situations and the different moods and sets it into a good pace.

In all, it makes for a good read.


Maggie will award one autographed cover flat to a randomly drawn commenter at each blog stop. In addition, she will award a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this tour, and a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn host. You must leave an email address to be entered into any of the drawings.

Follow the tour for more chances at winning.


Maggie Jaimeson writes romantic women’s fiction and romantic suspense with a near future twist. She describes herself as a wife, a step-mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher and an IT administrator. By day she is “geek girl” – helping colleges to keep up with 21st century technology and provide distance learning options for students in rural areas. By night Maggie turns her thoughts to worlds she can control – worlds where bad guys get their comeuppance, women triumph over tragedy, and love can conquer all.

HEALING NOTES is the second book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series of four books. The final two books will be available in 2013.

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Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

23 thoughts on “Healing Notes by Maggie Jaimeson & Giveaway

  1. The drawing for the $25 Gift Card was done this weekend. The winner is Mary Preston, lucky commenter #18. She has been notified of her win.

    For the autographed cover flat giveaway, I’ve decided to give one to any one who commented and wishes to receive it. Because the cover flat must be snail mailed to you, you will need to send me an email to letting me know the following:

    1. Your mailing address.
    2. If you want the autographed flat endorsed to you. If so, what name should I use?

    I am willing to mail the cover flat to you, no matter where you live in the world. I appreciate all my readers. Thank you for taking the time to follow my review tour and for taking a look at Healing Notes.


  2. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com


  3. First, the cover is gorgeous, to me there is something so beautiful about a violin. I love the warmth of the picture. Second, I like that this deals with a weight topic and does it well. I am sure this book elicits a lot of emotion from one end of the spectrum to the other. This looks like a lovely read. Thanks for sharing! Email : Thanks for the giveaway chance!


    1. Heidi, Thank you for your comments. I LOVE the cover as well. It is the work of the amazing Bosha Struve, a true artist. She is doing all the covers for the Sweetwater Canyon series. I hope you are able to pick up the book.


    1. Christina, Thank you for stopping by and for recognizing that rape needs to be handled in books, even romance. It is something that far too many women, and children, experience. (More than 50% of the women in my extended family). I hope you pick up the book and enjoy it.


  4. Pragya, Thank you very much for hosting today and for your honest review of the book. I’m happy that little Claire actually tugged your heart strings. Joy and Caren, Thank you for stopping by. This is definitely a book about difficult issues, but it is also a romance and a book about triumph over evil and triumph for Rachel in finding her own strength to move forward. You can be guaranteed that Rachel finally gets her happily-ever-after.


    1. Thank you Maggie for a lovely book, I enjoyed it and it elicited a lot of different emotions within me. It made for a wonderful read and I hope it also helps sensitize people about sensitive issues like rape.


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