Monday, March 25, 2013

Heart Like Mine

I received a copy of Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.
But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.
Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mineis a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.
This is a different book than I read before.  The story is told from 3 different points of view.  Grace, Ava and Kelli all give their perspective on things.  This sometimes made it hard for me to keep up with the story.  Grace and Ava each were basically just giving their side of the story and letting us know how they felt.  But with Kelli's part sometimes aligned with the others and went back to past.  It did help to understand why things happened it just was difficult to keep up at times.  I did like how the book ended with everyone trying to be a family despite everything that had happened.

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