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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


When I received an email from KK Hendin about a month ago, the synopsis of HEART BREATHS had me hooked.  After reading the synopsis, it literally took over my thoughts for a solid hour, which is usually a sign that I need to read the book.  I'm really happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed this really sweet debut for KK Hendin 

After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she's spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she's betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.
Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie's Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she's finding her family. There's Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie's life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who's stolen Maddie's heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can't hide from hers. If she can't put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she'll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.

Review:  The overall story of HEART BREATHS is as enjoyable as it is uplifting.  Maddie is a character who is scarred, but in a surprising and heartbreaking way that is very different from the main characters of many books with similar theme. The story of her journey to breaking through grief and loss was truly beautiful.  

On the road to Maddie finding here way back to herself, we are introduced to a myriad of characters that really give HEART BREATHS a vividness in story.  Gave and Noie are just too sweet for words.  Not to say that everything is all rainbows and unicorns, there is definitely some angst in the mix for you romance lovers. 

I also loved Sam and Grandma l.  They added a realness and sense of community that they added to the story.  Plus, I feel that these two were very significant players in Maddie's road to finding happiness again.  

HEART BREATHS had very unexpected moments for me.  There were some parts that I felt were great additions to the story that sets this one apart from a lot of other books that are available today.  KK Hendin has created a truly fantastic and moving story that definitely shows she has great talent and potential for creating emotional stories that can hook a reader and keep them emotionally invested.   

I highly recommend HEART BREATHS if you like stories that will tug on your emotions, and make you root for the protagonist as they try to find their way back to who they need to be.   

Happy Reading!
4/5 Oh Yeah I liked it a lot!

About KK Hendin:  KK Hendin's real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she'll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. 
She spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over at


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