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Posted August 22, 2011
Good but heartbreaking...
Oh my goodness, this is such a heart-breaking story. After the suicide of her husband, Maggie is broken. She simply makes it through each day, not really living, just existing. She's a radiology tech at the hospital and a chance meeting with 2 brothers, Brodan & Ryan, changes her life.
This is not a book that can be considered light reading. There is a ton of sadness and emotional trauma throughout the entire book from page 1 to the very last page. Maggie is dealing with the death of her husband 10 months before. She meets Ryan when he is in the hospital and is drawn to his exuberant and happy-go-lucky approach to life. She is drawn to his brother, Brodan, for very different reasons. Through these 2 brothers, Maggie is learning what it means to live again.
I am not a sad book kind of gal (which is reflected by my rating,) but this is one of those books that makes you think and lingers with you. I have a feeling that this one is going to stick in my psyche for quite a while.
All three of these people are hiding from life in one way or another...and they all have valid reasons for that. It's incredibly sad, and truthfully, a little hard to read, but at the same time, it's incredibly moving.
I adored Ryan's character. His exuberance for life is contagious and his friendship with Maggie is such a positive influence on her life. He is so incredibly intelligent and truly just a really good guy. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone else, but his character just makes my heart ache.
Brodan is a more difficult character. His love for his brother is all-encompassing and self-sacrificing. He has given up everything to be there for Ryan, but Maggie presents a really strong temptation for him.
Maggie's grief is profound and pervasive throughout the entire story. She undergoes a transformation through the book as she finds what it means to live again through her special friendships with Ryan & Broden. I was somewhat disappointed with how she reacted at the end of the book...maybe just a little too realistic for me.
It's profound. It's heart-breaking. It makes you think about what it means to live. This is a book that will stick with you for a while as you consider the characters and the haunting life-lessons that they learn...
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Posted September 14, 2011
Every person handles grief differently. But Maggie, she didn't make time to do so properly. Soon after her husband's tragic death, she jumped back into work, keeping a non-stop hectic schedule. It finally catches up with her, as she just isn't the same. Before she's pushed into taking time off, Maggie meets Ryan, a patient at the hospital she works for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Maggie lives her life in a daze, it seems. Never accepting or getting closure for the ghosts of her past. Something about Ryan changes her. Then there is Ryan's brother Brodan. The man drives her nuts, and she seems to do the same to Brodan. Why do they clash so much?
I was unsure for awhile who the hero is supposed to be. Is something going to happen between Maggie and Ryan? Or is it Maggie and Brodan? Both seem to harbor feelings for Maggie, but neither brother wants to act on it, either.
Ryan is gentle and kind. He doesn't press Maggie for answers that she doesn't want to give. Not usually, anyway. Brodan is the absolute opposite. He's pushy, blurts out what he thinks and feels, and had no problem poking and prodding into Maggie's personal life and past, even when she hesitates to go into more detail. Both men have a certain impact on Maggie though, and she starts to come alive again.
Breathe Again is an emotional contemporary romance. Some parts of the book drag with very little action, but the character development is dynamic. There's quite a bit of conflict, and though Brodan irritated me in the beginning, I warmed up to him after awhile. Overall this novel is enjoyable, but it's far from a "light" read. It has a sucker punch emotional whammy, and I would advise to have tissues handy. Yes, there is a HEA, but there are some major tearjerker moments along the way.
If you enjoy contemporaries that are heavy on the roller coaster of feelings, or a story about a new chance at love, then pick up a copy of this heartfelt novel.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews. 3.5 book rating