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Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.

She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But....

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point, and she wants to find her father. Have her friends left her behind? She's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own. 

Then there's Lennox. Her best friend and onetime lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.   

But her new heart is a bold heart.
She just needs to learn to listen to it....

©2018 Stephanie Butland (P)2018 Bonnier

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Touching and inspiring

I loved this touching and inspirational novel about a young woman who finally gets the heart transplant she needs to stay alive.
Ailsa is an endearing main character. She has always been different, special and overprotected, due to her congenital heart condition, but after receiving her new heart, she must learn to stand on her own two feet, and it's not as easy as she thought. However she's an optimist and a survivor.
Alice's complex relationship with her mother, her biological, but absent father, her deceased ex-boyfriend, and Seb, her new love interest, are all challenging, yet enriching.
Her blog and interaction with her readers via the polls she posted was a great way to follow her first person train of thought.
Learning to dance tango, which started as a result of a blog poll after her operation, turned out to be a fun, liberating and life changing activity.
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is an unforgettable and uplifting novel.

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  • nicola kaye
  • 06-01-18

wonderful

If I had read the Blurb I probably wouldn't have listened to this book because recently in December 2017 I lost my sister it was the hardest thing in my life. This book was so sad, happy and all different emotions to me but I'm so glad I didn't read the Blurb and I just listened to the story because I absolutely loved it, it was a beautiful story.

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  • Raphael
  • 07-31-18

Gripping story, most beautifully narrated

Ailsa is only a few months past the heart transplant that, at the eleventh hour, had saved her life. As this happened only shortly after she had lost her best friend and former lover the new regained prospects arrive as a surprise call back to life received while she started drifting into oblivion. While the relationship with her mother is at a breaking point, she would like to meet her biological father is, who cowardly left the young mother with her disabled daughter shortly after her birth. Feeling quite helpless and isolated Ailsa uses polls on her blog to obtain hardly needed advice on any key decisions. She barely knows where to start on her own. However, it turns out that with her new heart she grows ever bolder and quickly regains lost ground in terms of self-confidence and determination. This is where the story turns from the initially gloomy to a tentatively optimistic and increasingly confident tone and assumes its main subject - how to kick start an independent life from scratch with all but unhelpful experiences and a very incomplete idea of her own identity....

This gripping story is beautifully narrated by providing different voices to its numerous characters. Unfortunately, this great narrating performance by Cathleen McCarron fails to make up for some weaknesses in the development the peripheral characters, who, unlike Ailisa and her mother, are at time lacking in depth and credibility. As otherwise this book boasts with an admirable attention to detail conferred in an expressive and engaging language, this lovely audiobook is a warmly recommended listen to anybody interested in contemporary fiction.

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  • pookie2shoes
  • 08-26-18

After a slow start, this becomes a lovely story.

Great narration by Cathleen McCarron... I could listen to her lovely accent all day.
The story gets off to a slow start with possibly too much 'information' pushed at the listener/reader. However, this settles into a lovely story. The central character is easy to relate to and I do care about her (a good sign that it is well written).
I would recommend this book to others... and advise them to stick with the first bit because the rest is worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-18

An enjoyable listen

An enjoyable story. Escapism and listened to in a day. Good character development and very well researched by the author. 7.5/10