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"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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Terrible ending!

Great book if you are a 15 year old girl. Can't believe I finished it.... never got any better. The narrator was terrible with the male voices.

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Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This story had so many repetitive descriptions. I mean how often can one person's face flush? This is like reading about Bella and Edward's relationship in Twilight, only there is far less to this plot.<br/><br/>I realize that when it comes to abusive relationships things don't have to "make sense," but come on! Sure Emma had a twisted perspective from years of abuse, but neither Evan or Sarah ever realized Emma's illogical reasoning for staying in that situation. Neither thought to even try to give her a reasonable alternative? No one ever considered that the abuser could easily choose to victimize the very people Emma said she was trying to protect?<br/><br/>Sadly, like the Twilight series, I will likely listen to the next book in hope of getting some closure. I'm a sad romantic...

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Reason to breathe

Easy read. The story and narrator take you along with Emma thru love and loss.

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No way!

So angry at this ending! Waited through the whole book for Emma to get revenge and it ended like this? SO MAD

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Interesting Storyline

likes the book a lot. Narration wasn't very good though. But it was still worthy of the time to listen.

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Eagerly waiting to download book 2.

I enjoyed this book over a very short three days. Recommended to those who appreciate love, drama and a little feel good... someone who roots for the under-dog. A lovely story.

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GREAT BOOK

This is a great book. It kept my attention the whole time. However, I did have the audiobook and every free moment I had I listened to it. fantastic book ~ I recommended to anyone

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Couldn't stop...

I started listening to the audiobook without knowing what to really expect. I suddenly became overcome with the emotions of the young girl, Emma. I couldn't stop listening. I HAD to hear more! The emotions that even I felt were gut wrenching at points, optimistic in others but hopeful throughout the entire reading. On to book two in the series! Still hopeful!

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Wow

Emma was abused by her Aunt and found solace in school ,and sports, and with her friends, Sarah and Evan. The abuse continue until it reaches its tragic end.

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Dropping off the cliff ending..made me angry.

The drop of the cliff ending made me angry. Enjoyed the book, terrible ending. Disappointed.