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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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    Amazon Customer 01-31-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Didn't enjoy it"
    What would have made Reason to Breathe better?

    Better writing and narrating.


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

    No


    What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

    Overly dramatic in the wrong places.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    For a while, it was interesting enough to keep listening to, despite the choppy writing and overdone narrating.


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    Sandy Sykesville, PA, United States 01-29-14
    Sandy Sykesville, PA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "All About High School Life--Boring"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


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

    Absolutely


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No. the storyline was dreadful


    Did Reason to Breathe inspire you to do anything?

    Get another book


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for a 15 or 16 year old. Otherwise, it is a waste of money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Chatsworth, Ca, United States 01-17-14
    Sarah Chatsworth, Ca, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must Read for Lifetime Movie Lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to multiple people and my facebook friends!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know that I can pick, Sarah I guess, it is my name and well, she is the friend we all strive to be.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Evan, truly made me feel his emotion


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    Kae Thompson 12-02-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reason to Breathe to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but only due to the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different concept. Emma's tenacity.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Emma


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't perfect, but was worth the purchase. Book 2 (Barely Breathing) was long and drawn out, I probably wouldn't have finished reading the book version. Book 3 (Out of Breath) is a don't waste your money book. Reads like a soap opera.

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    E. Gensler 11-01-13
    E. Gensler 11-01-13
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    A compelling story, well written and read. I couldn't wait to listen to the additional books in the series!

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    Dawn 10-20-13
    Dawn 10-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    I loved this series! I originally avoided it because it sounded too sad and dramatic. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly sad at points, and at points I was crying my eyes out. However, it had happy uplifting parts and though it may not seem there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It has everything I love, romance, friendship, mystery and a bit of a Thriller! I would recommend this to anyone, definitely worth a credit!!!!

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    Janet United States 10-01-13
    Janet United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

    A perfect world for me: A huge room with wall to wall bookshelves lined with one inspiring book after another & over sized comfy chairs.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I actually had a hard time breathing while reading this gut-wrenching book! Everyone needs a friend like Sara!!! It's the people in your life that makes all the difference. It makes you realize what true friendship means.


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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 01-28-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Such a sad situation"

    I just could not put my kindle down, just long enough to sleep, then up and coffee in hand and the story going, I was really pleased with it, I had to replay the ending about 4 times to find out the ending....won't tell it, but I just got the second and third book and can't wait to get into them, although I am not a teenager It was spell bounding. I would really recommend it to anyone..

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