When I was contacted by the author for a review of this novel I was intrigued. I get a lot of requests, but this book really stuck out. The synopsis grabbed me as well. I love a good "escape" novel. By that I mean someone needing to get out of their life and find themselves. This is exactly what Heart Breaths is. A story that tells of a heart in need.
The story takes a little bit to dive into. Not in a bad way, kinda of in that peel the layers type of way. It doesn't jump right in and throw everything at you. It introduces you to the characters and you get to meet them. Just ass you get to meet new people her story unfold as her journey continues. I Love this type of novel and I loved the twists that this one came with.
I cried in this. Beware. I warned you. One we get into the story you get thrown into the deep end. Madeline has been through the ringer, not only once, and not only in one circumstance. Life has thrown some doozies her way. This story though, has so much going on in it. A broken woman, a man who's life is also been through the ringer and through these faults and hurt, they find love. They find a chance.
Like others have said the ending is what you make of it. There is no happily ever after, but there is a chance for you to picture it. This is a story of life, love, and the hurt that we sometimes endure in the process. I felt the ending fit it perfectly.
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.