"This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. 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 unspeakable cruelty, life-changing love, and her precarious grasp of hope, Reason to Breathe is the first installment in the acclaimed Breathing Series.
©2013 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
With more than 1600 audio books to hitchhike along with, I've realized only now that I started "reviewing"...boy I need to catch up!
This was just the begining of a rollercoaster ride of emotions! Powerful topics in this series and it was a crazy trip. I wanted to strangle some people for being so cruel, some stupid decisions made me cringe, but some wonderful moments of bliss kept me listening. Loved it! Now on to the next!
It flows incredibly well. The process forward makes you wanting to keep going forward, always unsure of the next step--the same way the protagonist is.
If I said it, I'd spoil it, but let's just go with there was some yelling in a hallway and there were probably some tears in my eyes.
Her voice dynamics with these characters are amazing. I honestly think this book is a book that should be heard, not read conventionally, because of the really beautiful and poignant narration.
Absolutely. If I could have just sat and listened for hours, I would have. It's dark, and probably too difficult to take in in one sitting, but I was always left waiting for the next part and excited for my next chance to listen.
All business but contemporary fun!
I was pleasantly surprised in how well written this book was. The struggling heroine wins you over with her tenacity and emotional strength while the rest of the characters add sparks of playfulness throughout Emma's journey. I have to admit that Carol's character was a bit unrealistic in a way at times but not enough to ruin the plot.
A very emotional and gripping story, the story of a girls determination to prevail against all odds
Rebecca Donovan did an outstanding job creating characters that could carry the severity of this topic and yet weave a support system that nurtured Emma's spirit with love and friendship. It is a story that makes you ache but RD keeps you listening because you want so much for Emma, Evan and Sarah to reach a resolution that they all so deserve after these years of hell! I love Kate Rudd...she is a phenomenal narrator and she is now one of my top two narrators...her and XE Sands! In my opinion, the narration will either make or break the book. This story line is so hard for me to listen to, especially being a parent and a teacher. Your soul feels bruised by the anger and hatred directed toward such an innocent child who has already lost so much and yet has kept a kind and loving heart! I highly recommend this book and am anxious to listen to the second book in the series!
Say something about yourself!
Glorification of being a victim. Sappy teenage romance. Hard to swallow characters and plot and what kind of an ending was that?
YES, I have recommended this to several people and they have loved it as much as I did.
Hopeless, Sea of Tranquility, The boy who sneaks in my bedroom window- these all have stories of abuse or hurt by someone.
Yes, I love Kate Rudd, she did an excellent job.
Yes, I stayed up late at night and cried as I listened to this book.
This is worth a credit!!! I would listen to this again- but it is heartbreaking and I need something else brighter or hotter before I listen to this again.
Yes missing small nuisance .
Just the way she could get int the characters!
Emma's realizing that she will be abused as long as she stays with her aunt and uncle and the niece and nephew will see.
Nobody. It never served a greater purpose. The main character's reason for staying with her abusive aunt were flimsy, lame and poorly developed and maintained throughout the story. The message in this book may encourage someone to believe it is ok to stay in an abusive relationship. It's NEVER ok.
The entire story line plot. Antagonist/protagonist. NOT even interested in seeing how the rest of the 'series' play out...
All voices were the same making it difficult to keep track of the characters.
Against my better literary judgement, I listened to the end. There was never anything redemptive worth waiting for. In fact, the ending was so poorly executed it left gapping holes of realism. Extremely disappointing. Waste of time....
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