How my Heart Breaks by Stephanie Smith
Series: Try Again series, book #3
Genre: contemporary romance
Is love really enough to put the past where it belongs?
Lana Washington chooses to hide. She hides from life. Hides from her abusive ex-husband. From the fact that everyone she loves eventually she loses, but when Lana’s house catches fire she is forced out of the predictable comfort her life has become.
Jake Weston had led a simple life, ever since he was called home from war for a family emergency four years ago, leaving only him and Hallie. Then one phone call throws his neatly-pieced world upside down.
Jake wasn’t supposed to be there. This wasn’t his problem. But as soon as those piercing green eyes focused in on him, he knew he was done for.
Can Jake hold onto his secret, all the while still holding onto Lana?
Will Lana be able to let go of the past and the hurt that binds her to her lonely existence?
Or will one small white lie ruin it all?
I have been waiting this book – ever so patiently – the first two books knocked my socks off, they were that good.
This book comes with both elation and a devastating frustration. I try to avoid poo-sandwich reviews but I can’t not voice my honest opinion.
Stephanie is able to take the reader on a journey through all the emotions. Once I was past the part that will be in the ‘not so good’, I was on each side – willing them to come together.
I loved having the cross over characters from book one and book two reappearing to give me updates on what they are up too. There were many hand clapping and flapping moments. The characters are very relatable. Their troubles will resonate with readers and I have to applaud Stephanie for not only being able to write a story that covers a single father finding love again but writing about domestic abuse in a respectful way.
There are developments in this book that had me gushing with a huge smile on my face. There are many witty barbs that had me laughing out loud. Fans of HEA’s need to have this on their ‘to read’ list.
The not so good!
I’m well aware that some readers will not be bothered by these two things and that’s okay, but I would be lying if I didn’t mention them.
These two things bugged me so much that they were at the forefront of my mind while reading and really put a dampener on my enjoyment of this book. The lie being used as conflict. The lie could have been sorted out quickly and their love story would have been epic. I can see that Stephanie held onto it to use as a catalyst for a major blow up towards the end of the story with the intention of drama. Doing this makes my eye twitch. To me, this beautiful love story was overshadowed by this one component and to me, discredited their story.
The other thing that ties into the above mentioned issue is the way the lie was orchestrated with the child. I found the way the child’s perspective to be unrealistic and had me going ‘uh – don’t think so. No child would drop that information like that and never mention it again’. Like I said, this is a beautiful love story but these aspects really stuck with me throughout the story and distracted me.
In saying that, I would still highly recommend this read. This is a fantastic series and there will be readers who won’t be bothered by the things that bothered me. I am super excited and will commence hassling the author for the next instalment.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.