5 blubbering – fantastic + stars!
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Rebecca Donovan really hit it out of the park with this series.
Reason to Breath is Book 1 in the Breathing Series.
In the first book, you meet Emma. Emma lives with her aunt and uncle, her mother is off grieving the death of her husband (Emma’s father) still…. even though he’s been dead for a number of years. Emma is a junior in high school – on the soccer team, basketball and year book staff. She does well in school and is getting scouted for colleges for both soccer and basketball. Yet, she’s carrying around a secret from everyone – her home life is less than stellar.
Her best friend Sara knows – because she’s the closest to Emma – well as close as Emma will allow her. She’s seen the bruises, she can tell that Emma is suffering. Suffering at the hands of her aunt.
Emma leads a very strict life – school – sports – chores – homework. She has no social life outside of that. Her aunt keeps her on a very short leash. But when Evan Matthew’s moves into town, he turns Emma’s life upside down. She goes from just suffering through her day to day life – just grasping onto the idea of college, that she only has one more year before she’ll be away from everyone – especially her aunt and finally be able to start her own life – on her terms.
But as Evan and Emma start getting closer – she’s sneaking out – she’s lying to her aunt, she’s going to parties for the first time and she bares the brunt of it when she gets caught. Her aunt does everything she can to make her life miserable – both mentally and physically. Knocking her to the floor – hitting her in the head with any available object – and always kicking her while she’s down. Constantly reminding Emma what a burden she is on the family. The abuse is hard to stomach – and it’s upsetting that no one does anything about it. Not her uncle, her best friend or Evan. But Emma holds them all at arms length and suffers in silence so that her two younger cousins won’t have to live without their mother.
Now that Emma is getting a taste for a life outside of her house with Evan she wants more. She’s still suffering at the hands of her aunt, and things progressively get worse as her aunt realizes she’s sneaking around to see Evan and Sara. Evan finally starts showing her what her life could be like – what it should be like – he’s falling in love with her. And although he has suspicions about her home life, Emma refuses to talk about it…. but will she suffer in silence until it’s too late?
I feel in love with these two – Emma and Evan have a love that we only dream about – even with all the things going on in Emma’s life, Evan is there to pick up the pieces, show that he loves her and things will get better.
Evan: “I love that picture, he admitted softly. I think it’s because I love the girl in that picture.”
Emma: “Love helped me live life instead of just survive it.”
Emma: “In the balance of love and loss, it was love that made me struggle to… Breathe.”
Emma: “We were engaged in a very intricate dance of touching without touching, knowing without saying, and feeling without expressing. We were friends walking along a ledge, a very thin ledge – and I was too caught up in my heightened awareness of his existence to realize how close the ledge was to crumbling beneath my feet.”
Emma: “I knew there was going to be pain whether I did anything wrong or not – so maybe I should do something to actually deserve it.”
- Reason To Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan (the-book-ends.com)
- Review: Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan (thenoveltease.com)
- eBook Review: Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan (goodereader.com)