Fair warning, despite my name, this time of the year is always a little angst-filled for me for a multiplicity of reasons and I am not always in a cheerful holiday mood so some of the titles I share are going to be a little more somber but this one is well worth reading and IS a romance. I have just started reading this author and have been very impressed by her stories, my review of her story The Glass Knot will be posted in the near future.
Breathe You In by Lily Harlem details the
experiences of bereaved widow, Katie Lansdale, who feels driven to find
the recipient of her late husband’s donated organs. Her rather
questionable search leads her to museum worker Ruben Strong just before
the second anniversary of her loss and inexplicably starts her on a
journey of change and an end to her apathy about her life. Ruben is
grateful for his new lease on life and delighted to find a woman who
seems to be sharing in his attraction but the discovery of the secrets
she is hiding may end their relationship before it has a chance to
This is one of those emotional reads that just
makes you say “wow” when you read it. I am impressed by the author’s
sensitivity in depicting an extremely difficult decision and its
aftermath while ensnaring the reader in the emotions involved in a new
relationship made even more awkward by the underlying circumstances.
There are deliciously sensual scenes but also very vivid vignettes (I
think my favorite is Ruben’s reaction to the hot air balloonists) that
give depth and texture to this impressive story of new beginnings and
its tribute to the life that can be provided with such a profound gift.
There is a fine line between obsession and natural curiosity and one
could argue that perhaps Katie needed professional counseling but the
story wonderfully conveys the intense pain that she seeks to assuage. A
beautiful love story.
© Night Owl Reviews
I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
Best of all, it is available for only $.99 right now!
Breathe You In (Amazon link)
I was remiss and did not include the link to Lily Harlem's website and she was gracious enough to share a link to allow us to find out more about the inspiration behind this striking story at this link.