This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Candace Robinson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson
Also by this author: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Candace Robinson
Purchase at: Amazon
May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more
When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.
Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…
In the beginning of Hearts are like Balloons I was enamored from the starts as I learned about May Faulkner’s early memories of her father. It amazed me that the author was able to in one chapter show the emotional bond that May felt for her Father. Absolutely had my heart already tied up in this book by the first chapter.
With her father’s sudden passing May tries to focus on what needs to be done to help her mother. She is grieving but more than anything she is soldiering on. Trying to remain strong for her mother. One of her main priorities is to find an income to help supplement the loss of her Father’s income. This drive, to pitch in financially, brings May to look for a job at a bookstore that soon became a lifeline. This job would introduce her to people that would have a long-lasting impact on who she became as an adult.
What I loved about this book was the feels. There was every kind in this story! As I was reading this book I was amazed at how authentic this story felt. If I was told that this was a true story I would not be shocked. The characters are written realistically and I could see any of these life situations happening to someone I know. I cried with May and loved it when everything went right. I sobbed when tragedies struck her life and I love, love, love that she was not perfect.
There is a sweet little romance tucked into this book and I just adored it! It was not a typical romance and appeared to end before it really had a chance to begin due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Truly heartbreaking. After a period of years where May had the time she needed to heal, mature, and grow as a person she had her second chance at love and what a swoony second chance it was. When you read this story, you will LOVE the red string scene. A real heart melter! Soooo good!
If I could I would write and write and write about this story. I loved it so much. It was just perfect and perfectly tragic. Sigh, but I can’t because then I would spoil this story for you. If you are looking for a contemporary read that deals with death, friendship, love, loss, and second chances then I highly recommend this book to you. This book is more than it promises to be, it is a gem!
*Thank you to Candace Robinson for this eARC of Hearts are like Balloons*