Leanne Strong hates June eighth even though it's supposed to a day for celebration. Fifteen years ago on that date, baby Leanne was purported to be miraculously healed of a spinal cord defect after her mother prayed to a religious mystic who was later elevated to sainthood. Since Leanne's unexplained cure, thousands of people gather in her small town every year to celebrate her miracle--a miracle she doesn't remember but still accepts as real--most of the time.
When teen pitching phenom Braeden Dalisay moves into the house across the street from Leanne, he harbors a chip on his shoulder even larger than his athletic talent. Forced to spend the summer in the same law office, he and Leanne carry on a working relationship that vacillates between stormy and silent. After Leanne finds out that Braeden's sister, Emeline, recently passed away, the reason for his behavior becomes clear. Emeline Dalisay was a girl who didn't get a miracle.
Time softens Braeden's anger, and he and Leanne eventually draw closer. But when he and his family are hit with another traumatic event, he pulls away, the unfairness of life a deep wound. Leanne wants to help Braeden and his family heal as much as she wants a relationship with him. More than that, she wants a miracle for Braeden.
A poignant coming-of-age story, Miracle Girl takes readers on a journey through doubt, grief, and love, ending ultimately with faith and hope. Another thoroughly enjoyable read by Jennifer DiGiovanni.--Patricia B. Tighe, author of Life in the No-Dating Zone
An inspirational story of faith, first love, and refusing to allow others to define you, with captivating characters and a swoon worthy love interest, Miracle Girl delivers it all. T.H. Hernandez, author of The Union Series