Review: Broken Beautiful Hearts

Broken Beautiful Hearts Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5+ Mended Hearts Stars!

The story starts off with an incident of domestic violence.  No matter how you look at it, a relationship that was once strong and solid is forever altered by this.  Appearances can be deceiving and wolves sometimes do hide in sheep's clothing.

Peyton is on the fast track to realizing her dream - being a division 1 athlete at UNC for soccer. Her acceptance letter in hand, she has great friends she wants to share the news with - none so more than her boyfriend.  Once considered to be the perfect, ideal boyfriend ... of a late, Reed's entire demeanor has changed.  He’s keeping a dangerous secret.  Once she finds out, Peyton feels she has no choice but to break up with him.   But what happens next is something no one could have foreseen.  The end result is that she moves to Tennessee to live with her uncle and cousins. It’s there she meets Owen.

I liked how Peyton handled herself and the events that she was confronted with.  She was strong and courageous and stood up for herself and for others.  What I really enjoyed was the slow start of her relationship with Owen.  They truly were friends first before becoming romantically involved.   I admire her also for sticking to her guns and not letting Reed talk his way back into her life, like so many girls do when they break up with their boyfriends.

I hope that other readers will enjoy this story.  This story is about healing from wounds - both superficial and physical, new beginnings and new relationships, and also of letting go of things that are out of your control and acceptance.  Life can sometimes leave you broken and battered down, but it can also surprise you in the most unexpected beautiful ways.  I was really excited to be selected to review this book, my first by this author.  While I have most of Kami Garcia’s books (Beautiful Creatures series), this is the first time I've actually read one by her. What an honor to be introduced to her style of writing - sharp, passionate, and thoughtful.

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