Heart Like Mine: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 19, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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From rising star Amy Hatvany, an engrossing new novel about a woman whose life is turned upside down when the man she's engaged to suddenly becomes a full-time father to the children from his previous marriage.

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again. But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover that there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.

Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant, hopeful portrait of womanhood, love, and the challenges and joys of family life.
 

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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

I just plain like the way she writes--going from character to character as well as back and forth in time so you see where they come from and how they relate. The ending came a tiny bit abruptly but it was time for the story to come to an end. Read full review

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User Review  - MiriamMartin - LibraryThing

I received this as a goodreads giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The development of the characters was excellent. They felt true and you end up having a lot of empathy for these characters. I highly ... Read full review

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Amy Hatvany is the author of six novels, including Somewhere Out There and Safe With Me. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.

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