Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Way from Heart to Heart by Helena Fairfax


A love lost and a love found...

A knock at the door shatters Kate Hemingway’s life when she’s told of her husband Stuart’s death in Afghanistan.

She struggles to care for their young son George with only Stuart’s aloof best friend Paul as emotional support. Piece by fragile piece, she tries to rebuild her life, realising Paul and her son have formed an unlikely bond. When Paul agrees to accompany Kate and a group of disadvantaged teenagers on a trip to the Yorkshire moors, he finally reveals something he’s kept secret for years. Kate’s own scarred heart begins to open up—but can she risk her son’s happiness as well as her own?

A novel about friendship, loss, and the human heart’s enduring capacity for love, this stunning debut explores one woman’s attempt at survival when her world comes crashing down around her.

Review by Rochelle:

A Way from Heart to Heart was a moving novel about a scarred woman who came from nothing, having escaped a sexually abusive father and an emotionally abusive mother. Kate ran away from home and lived on the streets as a teenager, surviving with the help of her best friend, Orla, until photographer Stuart Hemingway’s photographs of her propelled her into a world she never imagined existed. Not only did she become a professional model, she also became his wife. Kate’s confidence was fragile, however, propped up by Stuart’s love. Now, however, she’s become his widow, and her world has crashed around her. She still has their son, George, Orla, and her work. And Stuart’s best friend, Paul shows up regularly to take George out, but he’s always been aloof. Kate’s sure he’s looked down on her as a gold-digger like the rest of Stuart’s friends and family. Until he decides to do a story on Kate’s favorite charity for at-risk, underprivileged girls, and he reveals the real reason he’s been so aloof through the years.

As I read A Way from Heart to Heart, I thought it was self-published and not edited. It was full of dizzying head-hops. I’m afraid the editor did not do her job here, and it’s a shame that such a good book had to suffer in that way. Otherwise, I’d have given it five roses. Still, keep the tissues handy when you read this book.

Length:  284 Pages
Print:  $14.95
Digital:  $2.99
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Thanks for visiting. Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

1 comment:

  1. After corresponding with the author, I realized changes of point of view were indicated by double-spaces, but I missed them much of the time. I apologize to the author. Apparently, her publisher does not use the kind of section-break markers I've come to expect from other publishers. This book is not full of head-hops; I simply missed the section breaks when I was reading it.