From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.
Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?
Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…
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About the Author
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mother daughter have been doing life and its been going quite fine until an accident happens and it sends their life into a tailspin! Gail Gideon has had a successful radio show and a driver to help her keep her single mom life moving forward. Nic is entering high school and is frightened by it all, the only place she can find comfort is at the horse stables where she can feel completely in control. What a fantastic mother daughter story. In the midst of a crazy time in my life, this book was just the right thing I needed. It had heart and a great story, but just read so easy. It was easy to dip into this book read a few chapters and then come back to it. The chapters switched back and forth between focusing on the mom and then the daughter. I loved both of their stories absolutely equally which made the reading even more enjoyable. If you love a simple story then this is just the one for you. I think this would be the perfect remedy for a busy life or a book hangover!
I started reading this book on vacation this week and did absolutely nothing once home this morning (sorry, unpacking!) until I'd finished it. I loved this story--the relationship between Nic and G.G., Denny (Denny!), the descriptions of Nic and the horses, the twist at the end--all were woven together so beautifully. As a mom of young girls, it was neat to read this relationship between a teenage daughter and her mother, and Donohue has such a way of writing a feel-good story that her reader is thoroughly satisfied by time she gets to the last page. EVERY WILD HEART is my favorite Meg Donohue book so far. I completely that recommend fans of women's fiction add this to their TBR lists.
When we used to vacation in Cape Cod, after the kids were put to bed, my husband and I would listen to Delilah After Dark on the radio. People would call into Delilah, tell her a story about a lost love, a current love, anything to do with love, and request a song. It was very soothing to listen to Delilah's voice and drift off to sleep. Meg Donhue's protagonist in Every Wild Heart, Gail Gideon known as G.G. to her many listeners, hosts a nightly radio talk show (Donohue says that Delilah was an inspiration). G.G. gained national prominence when a YouTube video of her on-air rant the day that her husband asked for a divorce went viral. G.G. used to play music, but once people heard her rant, she became one of the most popular talk radio hosts in the country. Each night people call in to her show and she doles out advice, basically telling them if she could get over her divorce, they can make it too. G.G. has a 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, whom she loves more than life itself. She is on good terms with her ex-husband Tyler, now happily remarried with two boys, although she still has feelings for him. Nicole has a stutter, and that makes her reticient to speak in class. Everyday after school she goes to the stable where her horse is kept. She rides, helps clean out the stables, and is well-liked by Denny, the stable owner. Nicole has one good friend, and no boyfriends. She is a good kid, with a strong sense of fairness. She can't abide the bullying that goes on at her private school, and wishes she could do something about it. One day Nicole takes a terrible fall from her horse, and is knocked unconscious. After the fall, her personality changes. She becomes more daring, willing to take risks she never would have thought of trying before. This worries G.G. a great deal. Also worrying G.G. is the fact that it appears she has a stalker, one who wishes to do her harm. G.G. goes into Mama Bear mode to protect Nicole from the stalker and her own reckless behavior. Donohue has a way with a phrase, like these: "I would have taken the opportunity to remind him that he adored the beast in me right up until the moment he decided he didn't." "The strange thing about crazy people, I'd noticed in the years since my rant about Tyler had gone viral and I'd become a household name, was that they all shared a similar vocabulary, as though love could be found in a million variations, but hate was just hate, any way you slice it." Every Wild Heart has packed a lot inside- the depth of parental love, teenagers who want freedom to make decisions but don't yet fully understand the consequences of those decisions, chasing your dreams, women trusting themselves, and opening yourself up to love. The characters are fully drawn, and I particularly liked that the ex-husband isn't 'the bad guy', he loves his daughter and cares about his ex-wife. The story is told in the alternating voices of G.G. and Nicole, making this a great book for mothers and teenager daughters to read together. If you are a fan of Delilah After Dark, like to ride horses, or enjoy rock'n'roll music (there's a playlist at the end of the book), you'll get an extra level of enjoyment out of Every Wild Heart.
Favorite Quotes: Radio, like the internet, offered a cloak of anonymity that suited harassers perfectly; add to that the dark hours of night during which I was on air, and The Gail Gideon Show had proven itself catnip for crazies. Lila began ferociously stabbing at the kale, farro, and chia seed salad that her dad had packed. She took an enormous bite and chewed quickly, one dangling ribbon of kale twitching at the corner of her mouth. Lila was tiny with keen brown eyes and sharp features; her steady diet of seeds and greens did nothing to alleviate her overall squirrel air. She vibrated with a unique mix of anxiety and optimism, aware of – but not particularly discouraged by – her low rank on the school’s totem pole. Years ago, I’d draped a pelt of gray fake fur over my rolling chair, and ever since Simone had referred to it as the Rat Throne. My Review: Every Wild Heart was a quick and easy read with hits of humor, intrigue, and highly observant and insightful musings. While the premise and storyline were relevant and entertaining; for me, the vibrant and quirky characters were the heart and soul of this tale. A loud, firebrand, women’s activist and talk-radio celebrity dearly loves yet worries about her timid, quiet, anxious, and social isolated teenaged daughter. Emotions were intense for each of them. The teenager didn’t just feel embarrassed, she was mortified and humiliated when simple missteps. She was desperate to be noticed yet at the same time so very fearful of attracting attention to herself in the torturous walls and halls of high school. But their worlds are rattled for the better when a several unrelated incidents incite an awakening and renewal.
Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue is a recommended mother/daughter story. Gail Gideon is the radio personality/voice for "The Gail Gideon Show." Gail's show began as an on-air rant nine years ago when her husband asked for a divorce. Now her nationally syndicated show provides advice to millions of women who seek self-empowerment. Her fame has come at a price, including stalkers, misguided fans, callers who dislike her, and harassing notes. But Gail has kept a low profile and most people don't know what she looks like. Gail's daughter Nic, 14, has always had self-esteem issues and a problem with stuttering. She tends to avoid social situations and much prefers her time after school at the stables with her horse, Tru. Then the unthinkable happens and a riding accident sends Nic to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. When she comes out of her coma, she is a changed girl. She is now much more confident, charming, outspoken, and her stutter is gone. She's now emboldened to talk to new senior, Lucas Holt, but she is also making other decisions that are more reckless. Gail notices the change in her daughter and wants to protect her, but needs to balance her concern with other commitments. Nic definitely can't ride her horse until it is approved by the doctors and her mom and dad. Will Nic listen to her mom when riding is her true love, unless Lucas is going to take that role. And what about Gail? Can she really give advice to single women when she might be falling for someone? This novel is set with a sound track because Gail loves her music and has a song or two or three for every scene and event in her life. Music is a central theme in this story, so know your female singers when you start reading. Every Wild Heart encompasses a light mystery, love stories, the mother-daughter bond, horses, and music. The novel is well-written and flows smoothly as the chapters switch between the point of view of Gail and Nic. The dual narration is very successful here and offers a nice point-counterpoint between the two as the various storylines in the plot are developed. Even though the novel is a little too-sweet and predictable at times, it is well-written and offers a pleasant diversion from life. Every now and then it is nice to read a novel with conflicts that all find a resolution and a happy ending. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.