Monday, February 4, 2013

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany

I was privileged to receive a copy of this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Synopsis: Grace McAllister is a 36 year old career woman who has chosen not to have children. Then she falls in love with Victor, who has two children of his own. After making a life with Victor, his ex-wife dies suddenly, leaving Grace to become a caregiver to Victor's two children. Grace becomes thrust into a role that she never wanted-that of a  mother. Along with this new role, Grace begins to uncover that things with Victor's ex-wife weren't all that they appeared to be.

This insomniac's opinion:

You know what is worse than a mediocre book? A mediocre book that you thought you would LOVE! This is the third Amy Hatvany novel that I have read, and I really enjoyed the other two. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to get an advance reader's copy of this book. And, don't get me wrong- I did enjoy it. Just not nearly as much as the other two.

It just didn't seem as though there was really enough going on for an entire book. A short story, maybe. But not an entire novel. Most of the book is day to day dialogue: the kids are fighting, Grace is chatting with her girlfriends, etc. There just isn't much happening. I kept waiting for a twist, or a big plot reveal, but everything that happened was utterly predictable.

I also have to voice an opinion here. The main character is adamant that she does not want kids. Yet, we all know when their mother dies that she is going to step in and fall in love with the children. At first, it's going to be rough. But then, she will realize that this is the life that she always wanted, she just didn't know it. For the rest of eternity, because she is now a mother, life will be all rainbows, butterflies, unicorns and glitter. It's like a bad Lifetime movie of the week. Now, I'm a mother of three and adore being a mother. But, not everyone wants to be a mother. Not everyone should be a mother. And, that doesn't mean that anything is wrong with them or that they had a childhood trauma. Let's all say it together: It's okay to choose not to have children! Ah, I feel better now! *steps off soapbox*

Worth staying up all night to read?

It really is a nice, quick read. However, too slow moving to read in bed, you might fall right to sleep(hey, maybe that's exactly what you want to happen- if so, read away!)

Rating: 3 stars - liked it but didn't love it

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