The Heart Principle

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Penguin, Aug 31, 2021 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She's going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she herself has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.
 

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User Review  - Herenya - LibraryThing

Like The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, this is another romance about someone on the autism spectrum (or, as Anna considers herself, “autistic with low support needs”). Anna, a violinist struggling ... Read full review

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User Review  - yonitdm - LibraryThing

Prepare to cry, for Anna and for Quan. For different reasons and for the same reason. It was wonderful seeing them heal in a journey together, at a realistic pace with ups, downs, and messiness. Their happily ever after means more because of it. Read full review

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Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And then the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s syndrome. She currently lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two kids, and a pet fish.

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