To help ease her pain, school teacher Tessa Stanridge surrounds herself with injured or stray animals which she lovingly cares for. But one day, she finds herself caring for a different injured species: Drake Slater. A former womanizer and good ole party boy, hes now confined to a wheelchair, learning to cope with his less than stellar looks and an inability to read. Both have some very difficult lessons to learn in this short and sweet, beauty-and-the-beast-type story. Healing Hearts (3) is the fourth book in the Hill Creek series by Cheryl Wolverton.