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Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1 | [Rebecca Donovan]

Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 03-02-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "On the edge of my seat!!"
    Where does Reason to Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up in my top 15! It's a very addictive listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is very interesting! It makes you want to keep listening and find out more


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Yes, she is very easy to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I wanted to find out what happened in the end! Then that keeps you on the edge of your seat!


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you have the next book in the series before you finish the first! It has a cliff hanger at the end! It's a great book

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 03-02-14
    Sandy Orlando, FL 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So Pleasantly Surprised!!"

    I got this book on sale and since it had so many great reviews, I bought it.
    I have never been so pleasantly surprised with a book on sale before. Usually they are so so. I loved this story even though it was sad. Emma does frustrate you in this story but you eventually understand her. I don't like how they leave you hanging in the epilogue.
    It isn't clear what happens. Good thing I can't wait to purchase the next book in this series. I couldn't put this one down. WOW!!

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    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 02-24-14
    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!

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    "Impatient with this book"

    The book has a good plot but I think it's terribly frustrating for an adult to read. SPOILERS: Emma is being terribly abused but won't say anything because she doesn't want her cousins to loose their mother. Logic would say that she could end up abusing Emma's cousins as well. When she ends up in the hospital, when teachers try to confront her, she says nothing then it nearly ends in tragedy. I don't understand why the book was 14 hours. The story could have been conveyed in 7.

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    Sweatypaws 02-24-14
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    "Oh, the Narration!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Besides the fact that the book (and its sequels) is excellent, it was the narration that blew me away. Kate Rudd gave a superior performance, and completely captivated me. I found it very impressive that there were slight, - though notable - nuanced differences in voice quality for two of the male characters, and those voices stayed constant through all three books. I highly recommend the audio version, or, at a minimum, the kindle version to be read in tandem with the audio.


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    S. Duff Utah, USA 02-21-14
    S. Duff Utah, USA 02-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Definitely - the ending


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Let the determination and goal planning of the main character be rewarded - the book could have been an inspiration to young people overcoming extreme difficulties


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Do you think Reason to Breathe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The ending is a definite ending


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well written and the characters well drawn. Until the last chapter, I thought the book could be recommended to young adult readers as an example of courage and accomplishment. Now, I cannot recommend it to anyone.

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    C. Oneal California 02-20-14
    C. Oneal California 02-20-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Couldn't put it down"

    This trilogy ate up a week of my life. Again I accidentally was sucked into a young adult genre and couldn't put it down. Yet I read them just to get to the end and resolve all the miserableness that was generated in the first two books.

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    Kathleen 02-15-14
    Kathleen 02-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Long Suffering Drama Queen TeenVS Psychopathology"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give the teens some real education. Truth telling and honest reality would have helped.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    Right on for the story.


    Was Reason to Breathe worth the listening time?

    I stopped listening for about a week and then decided I wanted to hear just how far the book would take the confused teen vs the psychotic relative tale.


    Any additional comments?

    The author missed a serious and much needed teaching moment.

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    Gloria COLUMBUS, OH, United States 02-12-14
    Gloria COLUMBUS, OH, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great start to the trilogy of Emma & Evan's Love!"
    Where does Reason to Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4.75. I was addicted to this book, so much that I would stay up late to see what was going to happen next. I loved the love story of Emma & Evan. There is so much love from Evan for Emma that makes you wonder if there really is a person like him out there. It really pulls you in to hear all the pain and misery that Emma had to got thru from her Aunt Carol. I just wish she would've opened up more to Evan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evan was my favorite character in this story. The love he has for Emma is so precious and amazing. He is so sweet to her and is always wanting to protect her from everything.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd did an awesome job narrating the story. She did such a good job switching from one characters voice to another.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several parts in the story that moved me...it's hard to narrow it down to just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story and will have you hanging on until the end. You have to read this book if you want to experience a real live story. I recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Cow SGV 02-11-14
    Holly Cow SGV 02-11-14 Member Since 2005

    Holly Cow

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    "should have been a very very short story"
    Would you try another book from Rebecca Donovan and/or Kate Rudd?

    maybe


    Has Reason to Breathe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    if the story was better


    What character would you cut from Reason to Breathe?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    the characters were unbelievable, the story never went anywhere, you never learned why her aunt hated her so much or what caused her abuse - mentally ill? her dad did something while he was alive to cause a family riff? her mother cheated on her dad with her uncle and he was actually her father? her aunt was abused as a child? addicted to drugs? possessed? there are so many directions that this book could have gone but didnt. there was just an incredible abusive and hate full aunt that showed up every other chapter (thankfully) to remind you danger was lurking.
    It could have been an interesting twist that the woman was the abuser, in an old school fairy tale way, but she had no dimension. none at all, she was just an angry lady out to get her for????

    The book mainly focused on the day to day school life of an unbelievably "good" girl and student who had a thin reason to hide her abuse which was supposed to make her seem heroic, and an uneventfull love story that also fell flat.

    The story was so incredibly boring i actually skimmed forward to the parts where she was getting beaten up and verbally abused just for the action of it! The ending was obvious and i think was meant to be a shocker after such a mundane beginning, but it wasnt a shocker and it didnt deliver. I stuck it out hoping that it would give that final expectant blow that would redeem the rest of it, but was terribly disappointed.

    i might give another book a try, the style of writing wasn't all that bad. Maybe with a better story she could deliver an interesting book. The narrator was good, she annoyed me at times, but i think it was because the character was annoying;. Her voice and inflections worked well for a teenage character. part of what kept me listening was her narration.

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    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 02-09-14
    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 02-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW"

    I was so incredibly surprised by this book. The emotions portrayed in this story are simply amazing. I haven't finished a book crying so much since 'A Time for Dancing' or 'The Fault in Our Stars'... SUCH a good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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