Waiting Hearts, Beth Ann Stifflemire


Waiting Hearts, Beth Ann Stifflemire
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I’m a romance lover but like my romance to be edgy, angsty, full of deep drama and dark emotion. this debut book by Beth isn’t that – it’s a great read, well planned out and full of gentle surprises but its more like a Hallmark film, the ones my Other Half loves to watch – with tissues at the ready. He used to cry at Little House on the Prairie too – and its the same kind of sweet, heart warming story as they have.
Kayla, there’s so much to admire about her, she’s grown up with this heart problem and it would be easy to just give in, to say life is unfair and wallow, and yet she doesn’t. Full marks to her parents for pushing her to do her best, to achieve as much as possible. It must have been tough on them too. Sadly her beloved dad has since died, but she still has her mum within travelling distance. Her dad crops up from beyond the grave a few times to give her hope and advice, and though many people love that kind of thing it’s not for me. She makes her life, has a good job, and friends, and does as much as she’s able, though of course there are huge restrictions on what she can do. Then musician Gabe comes into her life and he’s a real hero. Not put off by her illness, he’s a huge support and soon they;re deeply in love.
Then Gabe gets his breakthrough and the impact it has on her is huge, she had to make some hard choices. that was really emotional and I felt for both of them. Its a true rock and hard place decision, tough, heart-breaking and I understand why she chose as she did. Makes me glad our NHS in UK isn’t like that. Still, life moves on, and then that’s where it started to get problematic for me, things happen that are just too twee, too coincidental for me and yet I know if this were a film my OH would have the tissues out!! I do cry at books, I’m not unemotional, but it just takes a different kind of setting for me. Its got a well rounded ending, though bittersweet in many ways.
As ever though this is just how it affected me, and lots of readers like that slow, gentle setting, the way the story gradually builds up, and the sweet but heart breaking ending. It was well written and if stories that are like Hallmark films are what you like I’m sure you’ll love this one.
Stars: Difficult, there were parts I liked, and the characters were great, it was just the overall “sweetness” of it that was a bit too much for me. Three, a good book but not a great one for me.
ARC supplied by author.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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