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A Heartbeat Away

by Rachel Ann Nunes, 212 pages

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.

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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Melanie Goldmund of Kiel, Germany says...

"Similar to the mainstream book The Lovely Bones . . . but a Heartbeat Away left me feeling very content and uplifted. . . I also liked the idea that Kristin 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."

Hilda Granado of Carlsbad, California says...

"What a great book to read for all, a real wake up call for safety. I have never read a book by this author, but I loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it, so I ended up reading it in two days. It was wonderful! It was great to be able to see this story unfold from a spiritual perspective and realm . . . I am recommending this book to all my relatives and friends."

Amanda Dickson, KSL 1160 says...

"What an amazing book! What great suspense and tenderness all rolled up into a compelling read."

Brandi of ID says...

"This is one AMAZING book! . . . I still marvel over it! Whenever I'm in church and we're talking about heaven, I think about this book! The story is so wonderful that you will get lost in this book and will NEVER want to put it down!"

Alyson Jensen of Tucson, AZ says...

"The most beautiful story that had me in tears at the end!"

Angie of Springville, Utah says...

"I finished A Heartbeat Away in record time because I could not put it down. I LOVED IT!"