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 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 that 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 Mine is a poignant, hopeful portrait of womanhood, love, and the challenges and joys of family life.
Told in alternating viewpoints, the storylines switches from past and present throughout the book. Surrounding around the death of Kelli, mom to Ava and ex-wife to Victor, everyone struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and try to understand what caused Kelli’s untimely death. While there were moments I could understand Grace’s feelings, most of the time I just couldn’t connect with her. I really wanted to hear more from Kelli and Ava, as Ava comes to terms with losing her mommy. I think the alternating viewpoints diluted the characters and made it difficult for me to stay interested in the storyline. Overall, it was a book that didn’t resonate with me and I found myself comparing it to another book that I did connect with. I’d suggest you read the book and decide for yourself if this is a book for you! And…because it is important to have differing views, I’ve attached links to a couple of other reviews for this book. Perhaps, they had a completely different experience!
- An Interview with Heart Like Mine Author Amy Hatvany (thedailyquirk.com)
- Amy Hatvany: Flaws and All (psychologytoday.com)
- Country Song Quotes (mademan.com)
- Review: Heart Like Mine (bookingmama.net)
- Heart Like A Wheel (josephsreviews.wordpress.com)