Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany
Heart Like Mine was a book from a new to me author- Amy Hatvany. It's the story of a family of sorts. Grace is engaged to Victor. Victor has two children, Max and Ava, from his ex-wife Kelli. Grace has never wanted children and is glad that Victor doesn't have full custody and doesn't want kids. But when Kellie dies unexpectedly, Grace finds herself thrown into a role she never meant to play. This, along with the difficulties of caring for children dealing with grief, is hard for Grace to accept. But she and Victor's 13 year old daughter, Ave, begin to seek out answers for Kelli's death. As the learn more about her past, they're drawn together.
This is one of those books that I've been very ambivalent about. At first, I liked it. There was quite a bit happening. The story changed perspective from Grace to Ava to Kelli. Kelli's parts were written in third person- about Kelli. But Grace and Ava's parts were written in first person. They told their own story. This change of perspective kept the story moving along, and I was drawn in pretty quickly.
Then I didn't like it. Victor, to me, seemed like a really whiny and selfish character. Frankly, I wasn't cheering for the Grace/Victor relationship. Grace and Ava were strong and (mostly) likable characters. But Victor- not so much.
Then I did like it. I enjoy stories with a secret to be revealed. The fact that one of the themes was this look into Kelli's past in order to better understand her present made the story really interesting. It was well developed.
Then I didn't like it. It was very heavy in parts. Of course that was a given considering that the whole story revolves around Kelli's sudden death and the way that each character deals with it. But it still made the story heavy to read.
All in all, I liked the story. The overwhelming theme of a fractured and dysfunctional family finding love and acceptance with each other was a compelling one. I was moved by Grace and Ava's stories as well as Kelli's.
I give this one 4 stars and a PG-13 for content. As always I caution my readers that I read many different genres of books. This was not a Christian fiction book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.