Monday, December 30, 2013

Heart Breaths by K. K. Hendin

After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she's spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she's betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.
Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie's Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she's finding her family. There's Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie's life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who's stolen Maddie's heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can't hide from hers. If she can't put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she'll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.

First line:
It had been seven hours and fourteen minutes since I had completely and utterly lost my mind.
ARC from Author --THANKS
4 heart breaths out of 5
I fell in love with this heart-breaking novel. The story is real and amazing. Maddie's pain was gut-wrenching. Gabe has a good background. Maddie's history is painful. I hurt for her and yet loved delving into her past. Gabe's past is similarly painful, but not as much as Gabe's. But Noie is the one who stole my heart. I have two younger siblings around the age of three and I love little kids. I could just picture her running around everywhere. She is the character that came to life the most. And, like Maddie, I fell in love with her.

The only thing that prevented a five star rating was that the reincarnation thing was kinda strange. But it did fit in with the whole Indian heritage thing.

Heart Breaths is a very real, heart-breaking, yet beautiful and hopeful novel. I recommend it for everybody.

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