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Heart Like Mine: A Novel Paperback – March 19, 2013
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"A heartfelt, moving story about the lasting effects of grief amidst family bonds and breakups, and the healing powers of love, honesty, and acceptance. Hatvany writes with such wise compassion for every one of her characters." (Seré Prince Halverson author of The Underside of Joy)
"Heart Like Mine fearlessly explores men and women desperate to measure up to the rigors of parenthood, but still failing their children. Hatvany bring sympathy and compassion to the page, while never losing sight of the damage children suffer when their parents make bad decisions." (Randy Susan Meyers bestselling author of The Murderer's Daughters)
“A palpable love story, emotional search for and acceptance of a lost parent, and a bittersweet ending make for an enveloping, heartfelt read.” (Publishers Weekly)
“There are no storybook perfect endings here, but this compelling novel raises the possibility of a hopeful way forward.” (The Seattle Times)
“Will delight readers…vivid and written with a depth of feeling.” (Library Journal)
“Like a gorgeous dark jewel, Hatvany’s novel explores the tragedy of a mind gone awry, a tangled bond of father and daughter, and the way hope and love sustain us. It does what the best fiction does: it makes us see and experience the world differently.” (Caroline Leavitt New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You)
“I’m telling everyone about Best Kept Secret. It’s the realistic and ultimately hopeful story of Cadence, whose glass of wine at the end of the day becomes two…then…three…then a bottle. I love that Cadence feels so familiar, she could be my neighbor, my friend, or even my sister.” (Jennifer Weiner #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“I was transfixed by Cadence and her heart-wrenching dilemma. The writing is visceral, the problems are real, and there are no clear solutions. You won’t want to put it down.” (Emily Giffin New York Times bestselling author of Where We Belong)
"By turns gripping and revelatory, Heart Like Mine is a sympathetic exploration of blended family dynamics. In her affecting new novel, Amy Hatvany pulls no punches; her characters grapple with life's big moments—marriage, parenthood, death—but she renders each of them with compassion and understanding. Heart Like Mine tells an honest, hopeful story that resonates in all the best ways." (Jillian Medoff bestselling auhtor of I Couldn't Love You More)
“The voices are so down-to-earth and familiar and the events so much like real life that readers will feel like they know the characters…An uplifting and heartwarming experience.”
“The novel explores myriad themes sure to appeal to fans of women’s fiction: love and loss, parenthood, grief, friendship, and complex family dynamics. Hatvany’s compassion for each female character is evident throughout, and readers will find their hearts, at times, breaking in three.” (Booklist)
"An insightful look at the complexities of modern family life." (The Toronto Sun)
“Readers of Amy Hatvany know that in her books, they will encounter stories that are a cut above most popular fiction…There are no easy answers here, but the engaging characters find their own way forward.” (Seattle Times)
Top Customer Reviews
The story flows very well, even with the transition between times and narrators. What really kept me reading this book was how well the emotions of the characters were developed. The tense relationship between Victor and Grace (stepmom) and the emotional roller coaster of the grief, feeling of betrayal and loss of the teen daughter Ava were spot on. I just wanted to wrap in my arms around the youngest child, Max.
I loved the ending and being able to see how each character came to terms with each other, the past and the future.
My Rating: 4 - I would have lost sleep to finish this book, if I hadn't finished it before bedtime! If you enjoy books by Jodi Picoult or Women's Literature you will LOVE Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany! This is the first book I have read by Amy Hatvany, but it will not be my last.
This novel is told through the three different voices of Grace, Kelli, and Ava. Kelli's passages are looking back at her life and answering the questions everyone has about her life. Grace and Ava are both dealing with this new relationship and struggling to determine what their relationship to each other will be - or if they even want one.
I appreciated the three different point of views Hatvany uses to tell the story. She gives the reader real insight into what her characters are thinking and why. Even when you want to tell them that they are making a bad decision or to at least reconsider that choice, it all comes across as very real. This made the book extremely readable. The fact that I was rooting for Grace and talking back to her (in my mind) tells you that I was invested in this novel and her character. I didn't like Victor at all, by the way.
However, there were a few places where the story seemed to lag a bit or the character's choices just didn't make sense to me. My main "What's up with that?" question came when Grace took time off work and seemingly set her career aside way-to-easily to take over picking kids up from school and doing the job of a parent. And Victor expected her to. Hello?Read more ›
And I did -- Grace reminds me a lot of myself in many ways, a highly compassionate woman who got nurturing out of her system a long time ago by taking care of another family member. But as it turns out, I had a lot of problems with how a situation like this would logically play out in real life. Grace was adamant about not wanting to be a mother. So much, in fact, that she made it a point to avoid dating single fathers, Victor being the one exception. Which would have been fine, except I didn't see too much of a spark between these two characters conveyed through dialogue or their actions toward each other. In fact, their entire relationship felt a little bland and superficial, and because the book skipped around from POV's (first person = Grace and Ava; third person omniscient = Kelli), I never felt like I knew what truly motivated all of the characters. Victor wasn't that much of a prize, IMHO. After Kelli dies, he leans on Grace to help him get his household in order after the two children move in, knowing of his fiancee's "not-mom" preferences. (Wouldn't it have been wiser for them both to take a step back from the relationship for a while?)
Kelli's life situation made for an interesting read, I'll give you that. Some reviewers had pooh-poohed it, but hey -- I grew up with plenty of girls like here in the small town I come from, and Kelli is REAL.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It almost seems like a YA novel...no depth...hated the abrupt ending...Published 4 months ago by JEN CORDELL
I really enjoyed the character development. Each chapter was a different characters POV. So I really understood each character. Only character that you don't get POV was Victor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Addicted to Books
Amy never disappoints! I have read all of her books in the last 2 months and they are all wonderfully written .She writes about topics that are not easy to talk about.Published 5 months ago by M. Varney
Read this book in one sitting! Could NOT put it down no matter how tired I was! Great read!Published 11 months ago by Allison
Not well written and a unrealistic plot make this an average read.
Disclaimer: I received the Kindle book in exchange for my honest review.
Just ok, it got such great reviews, but I was disappointed. It was really depressing and just seemed to stop, needed some character development. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mander
I cannot understand why this book received good reviews. The writing was poor and the plot was not believable. Don't waste your time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rob