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Second Hand Heart Kindle Edition
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“A compelling, thoughtful read.” –Choice Magazine
By the bestselling author of DON'T LET ME GO and PAY IT FORWARD, SECOND HAND HEART is a devastating and unexpected story of love and loss—of learning to live for the first time, and learning to live all over again.
Vida is only 19, but she knows a lot about dying. Her weak heart has kept her on the edge of death her whole life. It hasn't been much of a life. Thanks to her overprotective mother, Vida's only friend is Esther, an elderly Holocaust survivor who lives upstairs. Vida's heart is finally about to give out, unless she can get a donor heart in time.
Richard is 36 and blissfully married, until he gets the call that his beloved wife has died in a car accident. His world falls to pieces. When Richard is invited to the hospital to meet the young woman who received his wife’s donor heart, he goes, even though he's entirely not ready for it.
Vida takes one look at Richard and feels she’s known and loved him all her life. Richard is horrified by her reaction and thinks Vida is just a sheltered and confused young woman.
As Vida and Richard struggle to define themselves in circumstances neither ever thought they'd face, both begin to wonder if it's possible that cellular memory, the idea that memories can be stored in individual cells, might actually be real. Could Vida's heart retain some of the love Richard's wife felt? Can a heart remember, at least for a time, on its own?
“A first-rate read! ... Second Hand Heart is a great book about surviving despite the odds” –Leah Graham, Chick Lit Reviews and News
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0055WY7O8
- Publication date : November 13, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 582 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 422 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,936 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are very short chapters, so it’s an easy read, easy to pick up right where you left off. The main cast is very small so you have no trouble remembering who was whom, or what was happening. The middle of the book is perhaps a tad slow-going, and there were times when I didn’t think I would finish but by the end I was into it and wanted to know how it would end.
All in all, I liked ‘Second Hand Heart’, and would recommend it to anyone who likes women’s fiction and is interested in something a bit more thought-provoking than many.
On an iPad those letters of correspondence were all highlighted
It was not only hard on my eyes
It made it quite tedious at first
and while the book wrapped up in the way that it should
Usually this author brings me to tears or some kind of lesson not saying there I’m just saying it wasn’t there for me
Catherine Ryan Hyde an author who sings her words. She writes in a way that leads you every inch of the way. At times I had to go over sentences making sure I understood what the writer was saying, but when I read it the second and third time, I realized I had read it right the first time.
‘Second Hand Heart’ makes the reader think a lot. So if you’re a reader who wants a relaxing story without thinking. Forgetaboutit. As I said, this author makes you think. Think about life. Think about your own life in the long run. Right now I’m thinking which organ really rules ‘my’ body. My heart or my brain? Before reading this book I would have said my brain, but now I have to say my heart.
That, in a nut shell is what this story is about.
I wasn’t crazy about the letter-writing back and forth in the beginning, but feel it was necessary for the story to move forward.
I am happy to see that other reviewers loved this book and I will continue to read the works of this gifted writer as she is one of my favorites.