Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe

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by Karen White
     
 

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Brenna O'Brien doesn't believe in happy endings. Not since the love of her life, Pierce McGovern, left her years ago without a word. Now, she leads a quiet life surrounded by her four matchmaking sisters, running a historic movie theater and collecting old wartime letters. But she leaves the letters unopened, preferring to imagine their possibilities rather than risk

Overview

Brenna O'Brien doesn't believe in happy endings. Not since the love of her life, Pierce McGovern, left her years ago without a word. Now, she leads a quiet life surrounded by her four matchmaking sisters, running a historic movie theater and collecting old wartime letters. But she leaves the letters unopened, preferring to imagine their possibilities rather than risk being disappointed.

Then Pierce comes back to town, shattering Brenna's hard-earned peace-and forcing her to re-examine everything, and realize that if she doesn't come to terms with the life she let slip away, she may never have the courage to go after the life she wants.

Editorial Reviews

RT BOOKreviews Magazine
"Beautifully written, White's latest is full of emotional drama and well-crafted characters. Heartache and past tragedies are revealed in this one-of-a-kind novel, which centers on newfound love and second chances." --(RT BOOKreviews Magazine)
Reader to Reader Reviews
"Karen White has gifted readers with another masterpiece, touching every emotion in her novel Learning to Breathe! White captures the essence of small town living and the nuances of family life, making all of her characters leap from the pages."--(Reader to Reader Reviews)
Contemporary Romance Writers Reviews
"A lovely story of second chances, Learning to Breathe is dramatic and poignant and will leave few dry eyes. Passionately written, author Karen White has written about Southern charm and grace on every page. Life in small town Louisiana vividly comes to life evoking visions of mint juleps and sweet tea on the gallery with family and friends."--(Contemporary Romance Writers Reviews)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101042267
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
46,745
File size:
611 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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Learning to Breathe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
patoxley More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading my first three Karen White books -- all in a row. I honestly cannot tell you which one I liked best as they were all so good! I read THE HOUSE ON TRADD STREET first, then THE LOST HOURS. I ran to the B&N and bought three more and just finished reading LEARNING TO BREATHE. This book would especially be enjoyed by family historians and genealogists, but is a super read for anyone. Karen's characters building skills are terrific. I strongly recommend this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to encapsulate what every girl at some point in life goes through: the love of a lifetime, the man she wants, the friend who never has let her down, and having to choose between the two. I reread this book every year and still love it. Karen White writes as if you are thinking out loud. Perfect for the beach, on a plane, or when you want to procrastinate on cleaning the house.
TreadmasterReader More than 1 year ago
Even though I found it predictable I consider this book engrossing and enjoyed it til the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book I have read by Karen White and I think she is a GREAT writer. The 1st I read was Pieces of the Heart, which I referred to for the longest time as my FAVORITE. Learning to Breathe is written with the same amount of passion. I need to go purchase Karen's other books now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, parts of it were like reading the screenplay of my life. I couldn't put the book down! I can't wait to read more books by Karen White.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Indianola, Louisiana, Brenna O¿Brien owns and operates the Royal Majestic Theatre when her former teenage lover Pierce McGovern returns home from San Francisco. The son of a local doctor, Pierce just left Brenna behind when he deserted the town. Now he is back to place his ailing father in the assisted living complex the Village and to open a multiplex theatre that will shut down Brenna¿s operation.-------------- Pierce blames his abrupt departure and his sarcastic outlook on Brenna. However, he admits to himself he still wants her Brenna feels the same way but has decided to marry someone else. His ailing dad shows Brenna love letters that make her realize one should never settle, but risking her heart seems foolish as he rejected her once and will break her heart into a zillion pieces this time.-------------------- This is a terrific second chance at love romance starring two likable protagonists who blame the other for the end of the first time together. The support cast is strong as his forgetful father and her relatives especially her introspective young nephew bring wisdom to the pair of hurting soulmates. Karen White writes a deep Bayou contemporary love story as her lead pair begins LEARNING TO BREATH in the love they share.--------- Harriet Klausner
bongie More than 1 year ago
A very pleasant novel, well written like all Karen White's books are. Can't wait to read another of her books.
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