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Throw Back Thursday…..Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan

“Love helped me live life instead of just survive it.” 

“In the balance of love and loss, it was love that made me struggle to… Breathe.” 

“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.” 

“Now I was left holding the pieces of my heart, crushed by my own hands.” 

“I knew in that moment, I would never love anyone in my life the way I loved Evan Mathews.” 

“I survived by keeping my emotions in check – by maintaining my composure and tucking it all away. I managed to stay under the radar, skating through school without anyone truly remembering I was here. My teachers acknowledged my academic successes and my coaches depended upon my athletic abilities, but I wasn’t important enough to make a recognizable social contribution. I was easily forgettable. That’s what I counted on.” 

“He didn’t need to touch me. His attention alone, recognizing my existence, send a flurry of sparks through my body.” 

My Thoughts….If you’re looking for an intense read, this is it. Reason to Breathe was so heartbreaking and had so many gut-wrenching moments. I found myself on the verge of tears a few times. The characters were well written, raw and real. This story was definitely an eye opening experience for me. The issues were hard and difficult to read about at times, and even though I wished that Emily would have told someone what was going on sooner, I can understand how the fear of telling consumed her. She was so lucky to have Evan and Sara in her life……

“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.

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2 responses »

  1. 5171 Miles Book Blog

    I loved this series. Ashley and I buddy read it a couple years ago. ❤

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