May 29, 2013

Book Review: A Heart Like Mine

When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.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.

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I don't often immerse myself in women's fiction and when I read a book like A HEART LIKE MINE, I have to question why.  I am not sure if it is that the blurbs just don't catch my attention or that I just don't think to look in that section.  My reading habits are definitely going to have to change.
A HEART LIKE MINE blew me away in part because I could relate so easily relate to her.  I also married a man with two children and there were a couple times where we thought that we would end up raising the boys.  I really had to do some heart searching to determine if I was ready for the whole deal.  Like Grace, I determined that I could if I had to though I didn't want children otherwise.  

Grace's perspective only took up a third of the book but I very much enjoyed Ava's also while I found Kelli's to be heart wrenching.  Just another case of parents being so religious that they deserted their child in her time of need.  

A HEART LIKE MINE is very well written and destined to touch the heart-strings of any women but especially those women that decide to be become step-mothers.  I recommend it highly and give it 4.5 stars.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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