Today I am on the blog tour for I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford. I share my 5 star review with this one! This one reached me on a personal level.
A terminal diagnosis. A life-saving sacrifice. A love letter written on the walls of her heart.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.
I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.
An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.
Author: SarahJane Ford
Published: September 1, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 2- August 11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
I Give You My Heart is a very touching read. Alice is just 26 years old and she finds out she has an inoperable brain tumor with very little time left. She decides against treatment and wants to be an organ donor. BUT she doesn’t want her heart to go to a random person. She wants the person selected because her heart is precious to her. Her heart belongs to her husband Alex, and she wants her best friend Ryan to find the perfect recipient for her heart. She feels her heart will always love Alex and whoever receives it will be a part of Alex’s life. Given the importance of her heart, Alice writes a manual to the person who will soon receive it.
The chapters alternate between Alice’s life and the manual she is writing to the recipient. In the manual she also shares about her life with Alex and gives directions she hopes the recipient will one day follow.
Do not let the summary keep you from reading this novel. Yes this is a sad subject, but handled in a positive way. I am very emotional and thought I would cry as I read it, but I did not; though I did come close at the end of the novel. It is uplifting as Alice writes her manual and lives with the decisions she has made.
I Give You My Heart will make you think about the end of your life. Do you have plans to be an organ donor? If you have not thought about that, once you read this novel, you will want to become one.
Though this novel could not actually happen (with choosing who your heart goes to) Ford gets her point across in a very positive way. Organ donation is vitally important. I personally know someone who was granted an organ (not the heart) and is still alive today thanks to organ donation. I thought of her as I read this novel! <3
About the Author:
SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.
SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.
Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.
SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heartbreaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.
Today I am helping to the end the blog tour for Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl. I will be sharing my review! There is also an international giveaway going on!
Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?
When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?
Author: Hannah Pearl
Published: August 21, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 12-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Should you look at your past to move forward in your life? The premise of Evie’s Little Black Book had me wanting to read it! This is a fun chick lit novel that entertains throughout and you can’t help but like ALL of these characters.
I enjoyed going on this journey with Evie and learning about her past as she did. Was the problem in past relationships actually Evie or her former partners? Has she just not met the right man yet? Is it really “It’s me and not you”?
You know where the novel is going once she meets Jake, but it is a fun ride. There is a deeper meaning here towards the end of the novel that I was not expecting. Even though this is a fun and quick read, I found myself genuinely concerned with the actions the characters chose to go with towards the end of the novel. Luckily that direction did not happen (Note to self: Remember this is light-hearted chick lit!)
There is an important message here: Real and true friends will always come back to you even if you have not been treated well.
Evie’s Little Black Book is recommended.
About the Author:
Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher at a university in Leicester, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning e-reader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017, she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
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You know I am all about stopping domestic violence and support Jennifer Gilmour who lives in the UK. Today I am introducing you to and interviewing Kelly Smith on the blog tour for Signs in the Rearview Mirror. She lives here in the US in Texas!! This is a book I plan on reading asap!
Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving A Toxic Relationship Behind
What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope.
JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mom to three almost grown boys!! Before I worked as a full time writer I as an oral surgery tech. From time to time I really miss my job. I grew up in Boston and now live in Austin, TX. I write for my weekly blog and I am in the middle of revamping my podcast Let’s Get Wicked Deep. You can follow my blog or my podcast on my website.
JRR: You sound like a busy lady!
Signs in the Rearview Mirror is your story; what made you decide to share it? So many people are affected by this situation and we may never know who they are. What would you say to those who are in an abusive situation but feel they cannot get out?
After the fog of my toxic relationship cleared. After I woke up one day with him out of my life and me alone, I thought I was the only one who had gone through a relationship like this. Up until this point in my life I had no idea what a toxic relationship was. But I had lived my entire life in one in one form or another. I remember laying on my the floor of my bedroom closet. I was crying and I was screaming at no one in particular “Why. Why me. Why was I going through this”? It was in that moment that I knew I had to get the word out about this kind of relationship. I felt I was going to announce this to the world. I had no idea it was already an epidemic. When I realized that I was not the only one who had gone through this kind of relationship, I knew I had to write to let others know they are not alone. There is a life, a happy, healthy life after a toxic relationship.
To the ones who feel they are stuck in a relationship like this I say, be brave. Take the step that scares you the most. Put one foot in front of the other and move. Some are still in for financial reasons while others are still in because of fear of being alone. Whatever your reason to stay is, you have to try to love yourself enough to just get out. NEVER STAY FOR THE KIDS. LEAVE FOR THE KIDS.
JRR: No one is ever alone. There are others that have gone through what you went through and can help. Some things in life can be extremely difficult, but we can press on.
What are your passions? Are there any organizations you work with that you would like to mention?
I hope to work with Break The Silence. They provide community resources and support services to victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence.
JRR: Who is your favorite author as an adult?
I love Jane Green. I have always felt like a fraud as a writer because I am not into Shakespeare and the like. I love fiction. I love the character building and wondering where the story is going to go. I hope to write a fiction book one day.
JRR: Don’t feel like a fraud: Everyone has different tastes and Shakespeare will not be for everyone!
Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up?
I loved and still very much love Dr. Seuss. You can read his books as a child and as an adult and learn something new. His work was a great escape for me. But my favorite book was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So much food!!!
JRR: If you could have dinner with three people(living or dead) who would they be and why?
- Former President Obama. I have always liked him not only as strong leader, but also as a man and a human. His sense of humor is awesome and the way he treats his wife is admirable. I strongly feel he is a great role model for his daughters and a lot of other young women.
- Lisa Vanderpump. OK so I know this may sound a bit odd, but I feel she is a great, strong, independent woman who holds a lot of class. She is married but has been able to find that balance between being in a relationship and still her own individual person. She has an amazing caring heart for those she loves and for those she helps. She is someone I strive to be like.
- Former President John Adams. I love American history. I think that may come from frowning up in New England, plus my dad also loved American history. I would like to meet President Adams because i have so many questions for him. I would like to know if today’s world is what he expected this country to look like through his visions as he was fighting for the freedom from the king.
JRR: Great choices! What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Recently I received the best advice from one of my very good friends. I am just getting back into dating and I have been so scared of getting hurt with someone else. While we were talking she told me: “If things do not feel right, you can walk away”.
I guess I was under the impression that if I committed to someone, it was going to be forever. But her saying that to me put me at ease. It was common sense advice, but as a person who suffers from PTSD, you don’t always think in a common sense way.
I found so much freedom in her telling me that.
JRR: That is some good advice! Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like anyone who is in a toxic relationship, anyone who loves someone who is in a toxic relationship or anyone who loves an abuser to know there is a happy, healthy life after a relationship like this. If it’s with your mom, your friend, a co worker or even yourself, there is always help but you need to desire to heal first.
JRR: Thank you for your time with this interview Kelly!
Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast, Lets Get Wicked Deep.