Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C.C. Hunter
This Heart of Mine is a compelling, touching story focused on family, friendship, grief, love, and life. The author put a lot of heart (pun totally intended) into writing this book and it shows by the wonderful story and characters we get to read about.
The story is told from two alternating POVs, Leah and Matt. Both were such great protagonists: Matt is such a sweet cinnamon roll and Leah is a strong, caring heroine. The romance that develops between is so freaking adorable. I was unsure about the romance aspect going into this when I read the synopsis, but I was really happy about the way it was portrayed. I loved the fact that they had both unknowlingly liked each other for years before the events in the story; it made for some cute moments!
Some people felt confused by the strange mix of genres, YA Contemporary + Mystery, but I thought it was intriguing and was executed perfectly. The mystery aspect is very predictable but since it wasn’t the focus of the story, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. You can tell C.C. Hunter is very knowledgeable about the subject matter, and therefore for the most part the medical parts of the novel come off as insightful and realistic.
It’s easy to see that this book means a lot to the author by the love and care infused into the writing. This Heart of Mine is a compelling story with an inspiring message. It left me feeling glad I choose to be an organ donor, and can possibly one day in the (hopefully far) future give life back to someone. If you’re looking for a light, fun, uplifting read, I would recommend reading This Heart of Mine!