Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters

Book Blurb:

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Corin knows she is dying, regardless of what the doctors and their many tests tell her. She joins support groups for all different medical conditions hoping to find one that will fit her best. Beckett has a life threatening heart condition he just found out about while almost ding from a heart attack. His life has had to drastically change and as a way to cope with the losses he joins a support group. Corin and Beckett find themselves drawn to the other regardless of everything, but obstacles must be overcome including a fear of death for them to be together.

I was not a hundred percent certain what I was about to read when I started this story, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. This was a really sweet book about dealing with hard choices and letting things go to be a better person and be able to love. I have a love of death/dying books that may seem morbid, but whatever. Give me a romance with a character that may be sick or on their deathbed and I just eat it up. I am sure it is a character flaw, but whatever. Ever since my first Laurlene McDaniels book when I was 11 and there was love and death all mixed together I have been hooked. There is just something so sweet and heartbreaking about someone finding love even in the face of possible death and those that love them regardless. Ah, the potential for tears when I despise crying and yet I still want more. Anyway, I liked how the book dealt with not only the physical ailments, but the debilitating ability of mental ailments as well. The author handled the information well without if feeling like a medical fact sheet and there was still emotion involved. I will say that I had been waiting the whole book for the other shoe to drop and still the ending caught me completely emotionally off guard. If you want a sweet emotional romance, give this book a try.

Corin was a prickly hot mess of anxiety; at times I was surprised that she could even leave her house. Her picture would be in the dictionary next to the word hypochondriac, yet the underling reasoning for her condition was sad. Beckett, on the other hand, was the poster boy for well adjusted and content, but under the surface his despair and disappointment lurked. I thought Corin was an interesting character with so many dimensions and depth, but Beckett held my heart in his hand. He was so sweet, accepting and open about his feelings I just wanted to wrap him up and keep him. I absolutely loved the two of them together and how they were able to see the other for exactly who they were. The awkward comments Corin made and Beckett’s response to them made everything better.

Despite the subject matter, I found the way the author wrote the book to be very hopeful. Never give up on yourself and things can be overcome if you are willing to try. I will look for more from this author in the future.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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