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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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"...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."

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***

This Old Heart of Mine by A.J. Compton is a stellar book full of emotion pouring off every page .  I had not read anything previously by this author , but this book changed that for me .  I will be recommending this author and this book to everyone ! 

It is a coming of age and self discovery book packed full of beautifully written characters .  This is a 'must read' book of 2016 !  I hope to see this one made into a movie .  Yeah , it is that good ! The sign of a brilliant writer , to me , is if they can make me feel every thing like the characters .  A.J. Compton not only accomplishes this , she hits it out of the park ! I found myself turning page after page without being able to set it down .  I may have missed a few meals and family outings for this book .

Ava is a young woman that has been on the heart transplant list since she took her first breath as she suffered from congenital heart disease . She never truly had a chance at a normal childhood . Normal for her meant being constantly in and out of the hospital .  

It's during one of these stays that she meets her best friend Finn .  They share such a unique friendship and bond like no other . He is always there for her as she is for him .  

As Ava lay days away from death , her prayers are answered .  She receives a new heart .  She is given a second chance at life ! 

We are then taken on a journey of self discovery as Ava begins to really live life for the first time ever . Her best friend Finn is by her side as she starts to experience all life has to offer .   She experiences new foods , having a job , first love , absolutely everything .  And it is beautiful !

Ava meets and falls in love with a poet named Gabriel .  This book has such beautiful poetry throughout . It is flawlessly incorporated into the book in a way I have not seen before .  

Ava also finds out more about the person whose heart she now has .  It is beautifully tragic as you know one person had to pass in order for Ava to receive her new heart and live the life she has only dreamt about .

This book is written on so many different levels , it is hard to express in a review how fabulous it is . It's like when you discover a delicious new food and different flavors keep hitting your tongue and you can't get enough .  That is how this book is for me .  I keep experiencing different levels of emotions . 

This Old Heart of Mine has really had me reflecting about my own life and love . They are so precious and something most of us take for granted everyday . I am so glad to have received this book to review .  It's not often a book hits me this hard .  I can't wait to read more by this author ! She is definitely one to watch ! Book hangover status : comatose .

5 Stars

Reviewed by : Jennifer M.

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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