This Heart of Mine

This heart of mineA new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?

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This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter is simply gorgeous.  The writing is heartfelt and authentic and the characters are vulnerable yet still dynamic.  When I first started reading this book, I thought it was a romance but was pleasantly surprised because a mystery is woven into the heartbreak making the story a little less overwhelming.

Leah has an artificial heart.  She is waiting for a donor but the odds are against her due to her rare blood type.  She is intelligent, funny and unknowingly gorgeous.  She is one of those characters that everyone wants to have for a friend.

Matt and Eric Kenner are identical twins.  They are smart, athletic and popular.  Having recently lost their father to war, they are a huge support system for their mother and each other.  They have their own lives and friends but still tell each other everything and have each other’s back.

A suicide leads to Leah unexpectedly getting a heart.  The transplant is successful, but Leah starts having dreams about being chased.  Leah soon learns that Eric is the donor of her heart.  She reaches out to Matt to share what she is experiencing in her dreams and finds out that he is having the same experiences.  Matt is adamant that his brother wouldn’t kill himself and Leah believes him, so they work together to figure out what really happened.

This story is fast paced and could easily be read in one setting.  Issues such as death, grief and suicide are addressed beautifully in this novel.  This is the first book I have read by C.C. Hunter and I am thoroughly impressed.  I definitely plan to read more books by this author.

4.5 / 5 stars

 

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