Monday, February 25, 2013

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany Review (ARC)

Coming out March 19th, 2013 Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany is a novel that will have fans of Jodi Piccoult and Emily Giffin wanting more!

From Goodreads:
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.

But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.

Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.

My Thought:
Before I tell you I have to warn you that this book is not for the light hearted!  I had a tough time getting through it so many times just because of how devastating it is!

Heart Like Mine is a story that a reader can't really fall in love with, just because of how sad and painful it, but at the same time it is a story that will stay with you in a positive sense for a long time to come!  It is devastating, will have you smiling at a few small moments, and has that realistic feeling that will have most readers relating to the story. 

Like I said above, this is one of those books where you really have to get into a sort of mind set to read.  

Overall rating:

I definitely recommend this one!  While it is absolutely devastating and had me in tears numerous times, it was gorgeous! The characters are powerful, and Hatvany does a great job writing in the point of views of numerous characters, Grace, Ava, and Kelli (however, Kelli's POV is in Third Person, while Grace and Ava's are in First).

Definitely check it out when it comes out! :) You can preorder you copy at Barnes and Noble or Amazon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

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