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A powerful story!
on March 22, 2014
This book, where to start? It was amazing! I really enjoyed this book, but felt it ended too quickly. I do see that there is a novella, so hopefully I get more of this story!
Alex is broken, still grieving over her husband's death 3 years ago, taking care of her children, going to work, and basically going through the emotions, but no longer living. One day fate intervenes and puts her back in the path of her child hood best friend Blake, and for some reason this pisses her off. It's actually quite hilarious how much it pisses her off, and how angry she becomes each time she sees him, so much so you know something is going to happen.
Alex has survived the past three years because of her best friend Harlow, her in laws, and her daughters, but something about having Blake back in her life starts a spark of life in her no one has seen since Derek (her husband) died. Harlow, her children, her mother in law, everyone seems to be pushing her to try to live again, and believe Blake is the one for her to try to live again with.
Blake and Alex decide to be friends, and they fall into the easy friendship they had growing up, her children adore him, and Alex starts to feel something she never thought she'd feel again. Then BAM s*** hits the fan!
This story was amazingly written, the heartbreak you feel for Alex, and the hope that maybe she can move on are so powerful you just become immersed in the story and don't want to let go. You yell, you cry, you scream, you laugh, everything is brought on emotionally in this book. Alex's children and Harlow are definitely some of the best secondary characters I've read in a long time. L.B. Simmons's writing is powerful and will have you loving, hating, crying, laughing and feeling content with the book is over.
This was the first book of L.B. Simmon's that I've read and I definitely will be reading more of hers in the future. Her writing is amazing, and the characters are brought to life on the pages (or screen in my case) and you feel as if you are part of the story. I really enjoyed Running on Empty and can't wait to see what else is in store for the Mending Hearts series.