|One shot and she was gone forever.
I was no longer living.
My past and my present were stolen.
My heart was broken that day.
But Secondhand Hearts can be mended.
Reviewed by Stephanie
I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book but what I got was a very well written, highly emotional, sometimes overwhelmingly heavy second chance story. A story of two people who experienced such life altering losses in their lives that the burden they carry is almost suffocating. I feel like I do have to say they there are some very touchy subjects in this book they can be triggers. The first couple pages of this book were very hard to read but as the story goes on you really connect with the characters and want them to have a second chance at life, at love.
Kessler was happy, he had the love of his life and a great job. He was thinking things couldn’t possibly be better until one afternoon when one shot changed everything.
“She was an unexpected blip on my map of life that gave me direction and set me on coarse.”
Now he was just a shell of the man he once was, trying to make sense of what happened. The sadness and overwhelming guilt he feels is slowly killing him. His heart shattered into a million pieces and his life as he knew it is over. Not being able to handle the scattered remains of his life before that tragic day he finds a new job at a local gym. He chooses to speak to no one and basically lives his life in solitude. The sadness and despair he feels bleeds off the pages throughout this whole story and I can almost see him walking with his eyes down cast and shoulders hunched in while he carries the weight of his burdens. My heart broke for him so many times.
“There’s a saying that time heals all wounds. But what if the wound is too big? The gaping hole in my heart is too great for time, repelling it, taunting it to try. I don’t have a damaged heart or a broken heart. I have an unsalvageable heart.”
If anyone knows that guilt can break you it’s Tavyn. A split second decision ruined her once care free life. Now she carries the heavy load of a broken heart. Careful to never let anyone close again besides her best friend. What she didn’t expect is to one day see Kessler in the gym she goes to. She is drawn to him right away, she knows pain and sees that he is hiding something. He won’t look at her or anyone for that matter. But it’s like there is an invisible line bringing her to him and she tries to get beyond the wall he has put up.
“You think you’ve been hiding from me, never wanting to look me in the eyes and avoiding any real conversations? Well, I see you, Kessler! I. Fucking. SEE.YOU!”
This story is about a second chance for two people who feel like they in no way deserve one. It’s filled with anguish and heartache. But also has hope and love. It’s for sure not an easy read, but is well worth it.
“Even secondhand hearts can be mended and brought back to life.”
|Yvonne Wilson is a teacher by day, working at the elementary level in the resource and learning assistance areas. Her writing is fit into any time possible between taking her three kids to their various sports and activities. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest of British Columbia, and will often be found curled up with a good book or watching a crime drama. Yvonne has a love for running shoes even though she doesn’t run, but they sure make an outfit look super cute. She loves guacamole and will eat that by itself or on almost anything. Ice cream ranks pretty high too.|