I’ve been giving myself some serious nightmares with the amount of thriller/horror I’ve been consuming. Thankfully, I found something a bit more pure to add to the mix.
Seven-year-old Jake’s heart is failing and he doesn’t want to leave his dad, Simon, alone. So he makes a decision: to find Simon someone to love before he goes.
Beth is determined to forget the past. But even when she leaves New York to start afresh in a Lake District village, she can’t shake the secrets that haunt her.
Single dad Simon still holds a candle for the woman who left him years ago. Every day is a struggle to earn a living while caring for his beloved son. He has no time for finding someone new.
But Jake is determined his plan will succeed – and what unfolds will change all three of them forever.
This book was pure but that doesn’t mean it was an easy ride. There were plenty of times that Unbreak Your Heart made me smile, but there were plenty of times it made me emotional too. Not only does the book deal with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and a very sick boy, it also touches on divorce, postpartum depression, and living in the breadline. It was impossible not to feel empathy toward each of the characters.
At the same time, however, Jake shows us how powerful hope is and just how resilient the human race, and children especially, can be. We see from Simon what it’s like to love with all your heart and dedicate yourself to one person and, with Beth, what it means to pick yourself up and start again. Each of the characters were extremely likeable, and not to the extent they became unbearable.
This was a nice break from the darker stuff I’ve been reading lately. Feel like you need a bit of light on your shelves? Pick up Unbreak Your Heart here.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.