Reasons To Heal by Jenn Matthews

A story about wants, love, family, and duty, and asking when is the right time to live our own life and dreams

What was the book about?
When is it time to put yourself first for once? English police constable Molly Blue is devastated when an assault forces her to endure weeks of therapy and disrupts her promising career. The cute physiotherapist getting her back on her feet is an intriguing distraction at least. Physiotherapist Kudzi Mufaro is a bold, confident woman in every area of her life except one. She hasn’t told her Zimbabwean parents she’s gay. That probably explains the parade of men her family keeps trotting past her nose. Is it time to finally be honest? But when Molly takes a visit home, it rocks her to the core. She is forced to decide whether to stay and look after her sister or not. It would mean giving up her career and any hope of something more with Kudzi.

Featured Tropes
Inter-racial/cultural relationships, police officer/physiotherapist, slow burn, coming out.

Book Strengths
Matthews has clearly researched or had the assistance of a good sensitivity reader because the details regarding Kudzi’s Zimbabwean culture and heritage were really great. Kudzi is the best character in the book. She has the largest growth, because of having to come out to her family, so her arc is nice to follow. Another character who was interesting was Adele, Molly’s sister. She is deaf and uses British Sign Language. Again, excellent research or the assistance of a good sensitivity reader was at play here. Really well done. The prose is rather lovely. Matthews has a way of writing that is well-structured and feels faintly lyrical. In fact, the whole book reminded me of a smooth piece of jazz playing quietly in the corner of the lounge. Easy listening.

Book weaknesses
That smooth piece of jazz is also a bit of a weakness. After a cracking start with action and assault, the book mellows instantly and rolls along without any real drama at all. The plot points that could be tense and allow for communication and growth feel a tiny bit artificial. Molly trying to force Kudzi to come out to her family was selfish and I found myself becoming very aggravated by her. Kudzi certainly forgives her quite quickly; much faster than I would have. But that’s probably the point; it explains a lot about Kudzi’s personality and character.

Character Chemistry
This story is the slowest of the slow burns. It’s an exploration of the sensual, rather than the sexual between these two characters. Little touches, eye contact, then finally a kiss or two, then the longest description of a single sex scene I think I’ve read in a while. 

Heat Rating

🔥 🔥 🔥 

Conclusion
Family values, traditions, and making dreams come true is the basis of this pleasant, and light  romance. 

Star Rating

3.5/5

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