Monday, November 21, 2016

New Release... Shari J Ryan's A Missing Heart

Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: November 21, 2016

I’ve made mistakes. Some of those mistakes have ruined lives, including my own.
Because of this, my past is something I have kept to myself, so when I found a woman who also wanted her past to remain hidden, it felt like the universe was pushing us together.

It turns out the universe had nothing to do with that.

If a person’s past doesn’t exist, the present may not unravel the way it should.

I found out the hard way, when I learned that my wife is not who I thought she was…living with a past I should know about. Her continuous self-destructive behaviors let me know she clearly has a plan—possibly one I never should have been a part of. I keep trying to save her, but she’s making it hard.

Now, both of our pasts have simultaneously rolled into the spotlight—colliding head-on, and causing the present to come crashing down on top of us.

I learned that since our pasts are part of who we are, they will always be the foundation of our present and our future.

The question I have is, will either of us walk away in one piece?

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First and foremost, many thanks to Shari Ryan, who provided an advanced copy of A Missing Heart to this reader, in exchange for an honest review.  

~Barb’s 5* Review ~

So, anyone that knows me, sees my reviews and what not knows I'm a big fan of Shari's. She is the only author (yet) to make me ugly cry while reading. It's happened once with A Heart of Time.... and again with this one.

A Missing Heart has so many emotions wrapped up in it that, I was on the edge of my seat, wanting and needing to know what in the hell was going on. I love AJ, he's an enigma in a way. Mysterious, Secretive and broken. Very, very broken. Yet, very together and capable of handling anything that's thrown his way.

I remember Tori, but I'm still not a fan of her. And by the time I got into the book good, oh I hated her. Chick is a few fries short of a happy meal, though you learn why and while I feel for her, I still can't like her. The ups and downs that AJ goes through are enough to test a Saint.

When AJ's past comes back into his life things go from "wtf" to "holy sh*t" in the blink of an eye. It's then that AJ has to step in, grab up his child and take the ride to crazy town Tori sets out for him while trying to comprehend what is right before him.

Life is full of twists and turns and those twists and turns make us who we are. My heart broke for AJ more than once as I read this book. His family, his support, both mentally and  physically were there for him. He was there for his son and the woman who once took half his heart, and the child he once thought was lost forever. His everything had returned.

A Missing Heart is all in all, a great read. A heartfelt story that would warm the coldest of hearts. Sit back, grab your copy and get lost in AJ's story of love, loss and second chances.

~Emmy’s 5* Review~

I previously read and loved A Heart of Time by this author, which is the story of AJ’s brother, Hunter.  While  A Heart of Time was heart wrenching; A Missing Heart is like a solid punch to the gut.  Unknown to virtually everyone in his life, AJ has been carrying a secret pain since he was a teenager.  When he says his heart is missing, he means it.  He lost it as a teenager, thanks to his high school sweetheart, Cammy, and a situation that neither of them had any control over. Despite this, AJ has done his best to move on.  

Now married and with a small child, AJ is trying his best to hold it together.  He and his current wife, Tori, never wanted children, and made it a point to avoid mention of their respective pasts.   For Tori - getting pregnant was never in her plans, and AJ had to convince her to give him and their child a chance.  Tori’s tragic past has come back to haunt her, and it is manifesting in more and more destructive ways. AJ finds himself fearing for his son, and rightly so.

A Missing Heart deals with, among other themes, that of mental illness.  Tori was damaged by events early on in her life, and her refusal to deal with her problems has lead her to a point where she is a danger to herself and her little boy. I had a really really hard time feeling compassion for Tori.  I know that sounds terrible, but it’s the truth. If you can’t buck up enough to make yourself safe for your own child, the least you could do would be to let your significant other know that you have a problem.  As it stood, AJ was totally in the dark as to why she was acting the way she was.  

In the midst of AJ’s turmoil with Tori, Cammy returns to AJ’s life with a huge surprise - and some hard choices for AJ to make. As teens, the two were forced apart by a situation that was much bigger than the two of them.  They were strong armed into making some choices that no one that age should have to deal with alone, and the people who should have been helping them were either only concerned with appearances, or were totally left out of the loop.  The secret the AJ has been holding for so long comes out, and he has to decide how he will proceed.  

I have tried really hard in this review to not give away too much of the plot of this book, because it is just that good.    I will say this, the first chapter, just like in A Heart of Time, is a heartbreaker.  If you can come away from that chapter dry eyed, I applaud you, because I couldn’t.  

Read this book.  Read it’s predecessor, A Heart of Time.  You may shed a tear or two, but you will not regret it.  

Signed paperback of A Missing Heart

About the Author
International Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

When Shari isn't writing or designing book covers, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.

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