Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love #1)
by Nicole Jacquelyn (Goodreads Author)
Teri Lyn's thoughts: This book. This story. I honestly don't even know how to describe this but I'll give it the ole college try. Held captive by the totally engaging writing until 2am last evening, this book was finished in one emotionally taxing sitting. AND I LOVED IT. The story is truly heart breaking yet so special and comforting. I spent the majority as frustrated, confused, sad, loyal, and determined as both the H/h. During some very poignant and passionate points of the prose I was giggling so hard through tears of frustration and sadness right along with H/h again. That's what this book is - a conglomeration of growing, moving on, forgiveness, understanding, strength juxtaposed with bitterness, anger, resentment, and melancholy. You feel everything these two characters do beautifully.
Nicole Jacquelyn tells this story through the alternating first person points of view of both hero and heroine. We're living the present right along with them. There's some heavy, heavy, heavy stuff in this book yet she constantly keeps it moving forward. She doesn't delve to deep yet she shows us brilliantly the effects of that depth of pain. You will undoubtedly not want (key word *want*) to fall in love with the hero. You'll undoubtedly find yourself perplexed and appalled by his behavior. Yet with those emotions you will absolutely fall in love with the hero. He makes you feel an entire gambit of emotions for him. You simply can't help it no matter how bad the circumstances. Just like our heroine does. I've some reviewers call her a doormat. No way. No how. Nuh uh. I refuse to call her that because to me she's not. Instead I find her fascinating and frustrating, loyal to a fault and the most forgiving heroine I've ever had the pleasure to read. She's strong and funny and loves with her whole heart even when she shouldn't. The two of them mixed with four kids and an exemplary secondary cast is the cat's meow, I promise.
Unbreak My Heart is truly a captivating, compelling love story. It's hard for me to review this one and do it justice. Because while I get why some people don't prefer certain events in the story it's the way it's played out and why those things happen that make this so special. This is real. And undeniably awful. And completely conforms to the notion that we hurt most those who are closest to us. It's painful and brutal at times to read. But it's beautiful and heart felt too. I literally, no exaggeration, did not put this book down. I read straight through beginning to end from and I regret nothing. A love story that keeps you frantically flipping the pages through pain, heartache, and glory deserves nothing less. Bravo to this author for this story and deviating from the norm. I can't wait to read more of her work.