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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Losing Heart by Donna Brown Blog Tour, Personal Review and Giveaway :)

Losing Heart
by Donna Brown

"I hate you. I hate you with all of Sylvia's heart."

Helen has waited for months for the heart that will save her life. After reaching out to the grieving mother of her donor heart, Helen realises that a second chance comes at a price. The price, she soon realises, is much steeper than she'd ever have chosen to pay.

There's more than one way to break a heart. There's more than one way to destroy a life...
Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband's shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.


***My Personal Review***

Helen loves her husband Tom but ever since she found out about needing a new heart she just has not been the same person.  Tired and lonely, she retreats into her own world which makes her husband upset and she expects him to be having an affair although surprisingly he is not.  Then a great doctor comes along - Dr Jack - and the find a donor for her and she embarks on an affair with Jack to find her own happiness.  Except for the fact that Tom still loves her and after she has the new heart he expects her to be just as she was before ... but she is not, she is changed and there is no going back.  And all the while she is falling in love with Jack and wants to leave Tom and build a new life but Marilyn, the mother of the young girl who died so that Helen could have her heart is following her around like a shadow watching Helen's every move.  She becomes one of the creepiest characters I have ever read in a book just because she keeps calling Helen by her daughters name and therefore begging the question if the reader believes that when an organ is transplanted does the donor received any of the former owners thoughts, ideas or wishes?  As Helen comes to resent her, Marilyn realizes that the heart went to someone who she believes is not worthy.  Losing Heart is truly a story of love, loss and the struggle for redemption and freedom.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and it is an easy and quick read - I could not put it down and read it in one hour!  Helen is one of those heroines that you like but don't like, and you aren't sure whether you are rooting for Tom or Jack to win in the end.  The mother is really annoying and it's almost like she is inside Helen's head rather than a real person, like Helen is judging herself rather than being judged.  She knows what she is doing is wrong but she NEEDS it.  I was spellbound by this book, and it truly is a heartwarming and tragic story.  And the cover I think perfectly illustrates the theme of the book - the pomegranate once opened starts to lose the seeds just like once Helen's heart is opened she starts to lose herself.  But the question is can she FIND herself again?


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