This Heart of Mine
by C. C. Hunter
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?
I received an ARC through Netgalley
I gave this book 4 stars. I was pretty close to giving this one 3 stars or 3.5, until I read the authors note of this book which I read on Goodreads, but is also at the end of the book itself. She talked about the significance of the story to her and that moved me so much that I couldn’t not feel so much more connected the work. If you want to check that out I will leave a link here.
This book felt so long. It was good and never felt like it was dragging, but at the same time, it felt like I was never making any headway. I would read for like an hour and only be 20% in. I felt like I was chasing pavement, nothing was moving forward.
So I solved the mystery at about 43%, but I wanted to see how it would play out. I feel like it was too obvious who the killer was, kind of a stereotype.
What I loved about this book as the even though there was a large mystery element, the entire story wasn’t consumed by it. The mystery was wrapped up near the end but was not the climax of the story, we got right down to what the story was truly about, a girl who got a heart transplant.
Overall, I think it was a very sweet book. The two leads were so cute together, a little unsure but determined to make it work. I loved them together and I really enjoyed this book. I do prefer the authors Shadowfalls work, but that may just be my preference in genre. For a contemporary lover, this would be a great read.