Anxious Hearts

Anxious Hearts

by Tucker Shaw
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Anxious Hearts 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Tucker Shaw’s Anxious Hearts explores the love stories of Evangeline and Gabriel, set in 1755, and Eva and Gabe, set in modern day. These pairs of lovers are both torn apart from their beloved partners, and this novel dives into the hardships they endure in the name of love. Both of these stories are set in the same location, today’s Maine, reflecting the timeless struggle of youth’s passion. Shaw’s use of ocean imagery throughout the novel is beautiful, effectively using the setting as a means to tie both stories together. The intertwining of the two stories is seamless and the concept of telling two love stories in different times is original. Furthermore, the characters themselves possess idiosyncratic quirks that make them realistic. However, I found the relationships and plot to be forced and unrealistic. In part, this stems from sentence level word order. In an attempt to emphasize the cultural differences between the two time periods, Shaw went too far and ended up hurting the story’s flow and believability. I also found the relationships, particularly between Gabe and Eva, to be built up too rapidly for my taste. This sense of implausibility made my experience reading less enjoyable and less engaging. I enjoyed the concept of the seemingly eternal perseverance of young love, but I found this theme and others, such as the idea of home and familial grief, to be told rather than shown. They are thrust into conversations, often awkwardly, and the resulting interactions between characters are unrealistic. If one looks past these flaws, what emerges are two love stories for the hopeless romantics in all of us. Overall, this novel is a quick and light read, especially good for young teens and idealistic lovers alike. Reviewed by Lauren A, age 15, Lone Star Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this four years ago and could never forget it. A great read and an absolute must have on your bookshelf! 5 stars plus so many more!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! There's always going to be those stories that capture your heart. Whether it's something that is heartbreaking and sticks with you, or something that is so pure and enticing that your heart envelops it; one way or another your heart becomes involved with the words and the characters inside. ANXIOUS HEARTS by Tucker Shaw is not only one of those stories, it's the latter of the two. It's the one that runs through your mind over and over again; it's the one that's so pure that you become one with the story. In 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published a poem, "Evangeline," that has now become one of his most notable works, and also one of the most commonly taught poems in English classes. This beautiful poem inspired Tucker Shaw to write ANXIOUS HEARTS, and for that I must thank Mr. Longfellow (Yes, I am going to thank a man who's been dead for somewhere around, oh, 125+ years). ANXIOUS HEARTS begins the story of Eva and Gabe, two teenagers who lost touch in each other's lives, only to pick back up years later as they explore the forests surrounding their seaside town. They follow the same paths, and are exploring the same tranquil forests, as Evangeline and Gabriel, two young lovers who did the same over one hundred years before them. On the day of Evangeline and Gabriel's wedding, their village was attacked by enemies and they were separated from one another. In the present, Gabe suddenly disappears from Eva and it seems as if their love will mirror that of the two lovers torn apart on their wedding day. The first couple of chapters threw me for a loop. I'm used to alternate points of view, but I don't think I've ever read anything that is not only alternate voices, but also alternate time periods. Eva and Gabe's story is told by Eva, while Gabriel and Evangeline's tale is told by Gabriel, some hundred years earlier. It only took a few chapters in for me to not only get used to the change, but to also welcome the bits of each tale I got. The imagery in ANXIOUS HEARTS is something I've not seen in a long time, not since AP English in high school. It's got the air of one of those old stories your teacher forces you to read, then you're thankful in the end. It's pure, beautiful, and vivid in the words that flow across the page. The beauty in Longfellow's tale weaves into Shaw's and the characters, both new and old, come alive on the page and leap into your mind. I found it really hard to find the words to describe ANXIOUS HEARTS. There were moments that made me laugh and smile, then there were the ones that made my jaw drop and stay hanging open in fear and pain for the characters that had woven themselves into my heart in fewer than 300 pages. Eva, Gabe, Evangeline, and Gabriel all found their own place in my heart, and I found myself understanding them in different ways and wanting the best for them. If you've never read "Evangeline" then I advise you not to read it until after you've read ANXIOUS HEARTS. It's been years since I've read it, but once I started reading the story of these lovers those years faded away and the story was there again. The story behind Shaw's words is just as important as the words themselves. This book is beautiful and lyrical; it flows with a fluid grace that enamors and captures the soul, all in the same page. Read the full review on the TRT website...
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CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
Anxious Hearts is the story of four people--Eva and Gabe in the present, and Evangeline and Gabriel in the past. The book is told in alternating views. Eva's voice in the present tense and Gabriel's in the past. On the day of their marriage, Gabriel and Evangeline are separated, newly weds who were wed only moments before losing each other. Throughout the story, readers read the tale of Gabriel's journey to finding his beloved Evangeline once again, while Eva ventures herself in the "real world" trying to find her Gabe. This book was intense. Normally, I dislike books that have alternating views, but Tucker Shaw made both points interesting. I was as entranced by Eva's tale as I was Gabriel's. This book doesn't disappoint! It kept me guessing-will Gabriel find Evangeline? Will Eva find Gabe?-until I closed the book after the last page. Will these four lovers be reconnected? You'll have to read Anxious Hearts to find out.
piratesweetie More than 1 year ago
I am always on the look for a good love story. One with depth, feeling, real emotion, something believable. This definitely quenched my heart's thirst in that regard. The imagery was beautiful, detailed descriptions of the golden forests in which half the story takes place. I loved, loved, loved it and I'm going to reread it as soon as possible and then when I get some money I'm going to buy it and I really think it should be made into a movie!!! So happy that I found this book....I would recommend this to anyone and everyone....
pagese More than 1 year ago
This book had a really poetic feel. It switches narratives between Eva in today's world and Gabriel in the past. I actually liked Gabriel's story more than Eva's. It was more intense. The romance between Gabriel and Evangeline made sense. And I understood his devotion to finding her. It was heartfelt, romantic, and sad. Eva's story felt a little forced. I didn't understand her and Gabe as much. The explanation for Eva's obsession with finding him didn't seem as real. Plus, Gabe didn't seem to be worth her effort. I wasn't sure if he really returned her affections. I felt sorry for his circumstances, but it didn't really sit well with me. It was a fast read, but a story that would be easily forgotten. I did really like the way the book was set up (strange but the presentation was great). Gabriel's parts have darker pages, giving them a different feel. Eva's story has these pretty little designs on the pages. I hope the keep that format in the finished copy. I would recommend this to those who like dual narratives (past and present), historical fiction that is fast paced, and those who love the teen love story.
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