Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Review: Beside Your Heart

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Beside Your Heart
Author: Mary Whitney
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: Paperback; 256
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Source: Literati Literature Lovers Tours
Content Screening: Adult Language

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy sweet, and heartbreaking reads with honestly amazing characters.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
"It's an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time."

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.

Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?

Beside Your Heart was a book that stole my heart from the very first page. Maybe it was the fact that Nicki shows her true emotions right off the bat, but watching her pine to reconnect with her past made me smile. As the story flashes back to where Nicki first meets Adam, I fell even more in love! I assumed this was about adult Nicki and Adam, but the twist was wonderful. Watching these two meet, flirt, and become important to one another was adorable!

Nicki is very transparent about her feelings. After loosing her sister to a car accident, she isn't afraid to be honest about how it's eating her up inside. I thought that they way she dealt with things was fairly spot on. Hiding from people who might want to fake console her, trying to stay strong for her mother, and wanting most of all for everything to go back to normal. It isn't until she meets Adam, who doesn't attempt to do anything but make her laugh, that she starts living again. There's no doubt that these two have a very strong connection.

Best of all, the characters in Beside Your Heart act like normal teens. They aren't perfect. They make mistakes, argue, and sometimes even push one another away. The fact that Mary Whitney shows them in such depth makes it much easier to connect with them. It was amazing to see how they fought, and yet always managed to find their way back to one another. Maybe it's my romantic soul, but I couldn't get enough of their relationship.

The ending kind of broke my heart, but I won't deny that I liked it. This ends up as a story not about a lifetime of love, but about finding love and learning that sometimes it's okay to let it go. That it makes you stronger no matter what. My heart wanted to see more resolution, a happy ending if you will, but again I honestly believe that it was fitting for this story. Beside Your Heart is a sweet and heartbreaking story. Definitely worth a read!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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