on November 18th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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IÔÇÖve 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 personÔÇÖs past doesnÔÇÖt 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 wasÔÇªliving with a past I should know about. Her continuous self-destructive behaviors let me know she clearly has a planÔÇöpossibly one I never should have been a part of. I keep trying to save her, but sheÔÇÖs making it hard.
Now, both of our pasts have simultaneously rolled into the spotlightÔÇöcolliding 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?
No longer new to Shari J. Ryans stories, I thought I might not be as surprised by the twists and turns of A Missing Heart. Boy was I wrong! Once again Ryan captured my full attention and created that oh so sweet angst within a few short chapters. I hadn’t really paid attention to who the story was about, but in hindsight I should have known as the title was very telling. A Missing Heart is the story of Hunters’ brother A.J. ( Hunters story is found in A Heart Of Time ). The brothers seem to attract emotional and passionate women who put these men through many relationship hurdles ( or maybe that’s vice versa?)
In the very first chapter I found my very own heart in distress and aching for A.J. It’s his point of view that the story is delivered through and once again I’m so impressed by how Ryan captures the male mindset. A.J. is left with no decision in a very big moment of his life, heck of most peoples lives. His future is no longer certain and when we pick up on his life, he’s now a father and in his second marriage. There is no bliss and very little happiness and his second marriage is just as tumultuous, if not more so, then his first marriage to . Every day he struggles to understand his wife Tori’s disinterest in their new baby Gavin and their marriage.
He doesn’t spend too much time reflecting on the past, but it’s clear he’s entered adulthood feeling a want and he’s pretty sure of why – he’s simply never been able to replace what he felt for his first love Cameron (Cammy). Ryan really does an amazing job capturing this feeling that A.J. has of being un-moored and she does it without cultivating resentment toward him or his wife. I found myself leaning towards a little anger with Tori, then I found myself dismayed by A.J. as Ryan explores the disintegration of their marriage and Tori’s mental and emotional state.
When Cammy ends up back in A.J’s life, A Missing Heart quickly develops into a story about second chances and forgiveness. I wasn’t all that thrilled with her past chapter one, and I’m not really certain I ever really liked her, but A.J. has never really moved on from her. It’s an emotional roller coaster with A.J. discovering the stability he needs and deserves through a lovely family that’s been created piece by piece and with great love and hope. 4 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
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