Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Title: This Old Heart of Mine
Author: A.J. Compton
Genre: Romance 
 Release Date: May 24, 2016


Ava Malone knows all about being broken-hearted.

Born with a severe heart defect, she’s spent her whole life in and out of hospital, desperately needing a transplant.

Just days from death, her weak prayers are finally answered, and she receives a new heart; one that not only saves her life, but changes it forever.

Now fit and healthy, Ava is able to do things she only dreamed of, like get a job and some independence, fall in love, and finally live life to the fullest.

But her journey of self-discovery takes her to places she never expected. Along the way, Ava doesn’t just find the woman she was always meant to be, but also finds out more about the woman who no longer is. The one who gave her this new life because she lost hers.

Faced with a devastating dilemma, Ava must decide whether the heart that’s pumping inside her body now belongs to her, or is still beating for someone else...

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AJ Compton’s This Old Heart of Mine is one of those books that gobbles your heart and soul right up when you open it’s pages.  Immediately you are connected to Ava Malone, a young woman on the verge of dying in desperate need of a heart transplant.  Your emotions are high, tears are flowing and just when Ava is about to take her last breath she gets the opportunity to live twice.  She does just that when she meets Gabriel Cruz, a dark and broody poet, but the unthinkable happens and for the first time Ava isn’t sure if she controls her heart or if her heart controls her.  

Compton’s story is definitely one of those that you sit down intending to read only a chapter or two but end up reading the entire story. In This Old Heart of Mine, Compton gives you the love alongside the loss.  She connects you emotionally to her characters and reels you in with their roller coaster of emotions.  But it’s not all highs and lows, Compton also manages to lighten this emotionally charged story with humor.  Her characters, though they are weighed down with life or lack thereof, they have a sense of humor that I found completely endearing.  Finley and Gia’s  take on life breathed a refreshing light hearted breath to this story. I found them along along with Ava and Gabriel completely captivating.

This book was exceptional.  It was one that stayed with me as I continued my day allowing me to remember and savor the journey that Ava and Gabriel had taken.  This Old Heart of Mine is a book that you must pick up and read for yourself and enjoy the ride of emotions, the laughter, and the story Compton has to tell.  


"...His laughter mingles with mine and is absorbed by the stars.

It’s a moment granted to us by people I hope are in the sky above us now, laughing as they look down.

I’m sure others on the ground are staring at the scene we’re making, casting their judgments. But they don’t know us, not like we know us.

They don’t understand the hope in our eyes or the alchemy of our blood.

They don’t know our truth. Our hearts. Our lives.

Lives that we now have the freedom to live or waste.

Once. Twice. Or as many damn times as we like."

Author Bio

A.J. Compton wants a lot of things;

To write books that make you think and feel deeply. 

To make you ugly cry and cry with laughter. In the same book. 

To write stories that cause you to be anti-social and have you staying up late to finish them. 

To show that life can be cruel and difficult, but it can also be incredibly beautiful and worthwhile. 

And what A.J. really wants, is to write books that make you remember why you love to read. 

A.J. knows better than most that we don't always get what we want in life, but is going to give it a damn good try ;)

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