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Where Did Your Heart Go?: Volume 1 (The Heart Trilogy) Paperback – 30 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Audrina Lane lives with her partner Steve and two Labradors in Herefordshire where The Heart Trilogy is set. The first book is based on a diary the author wrote in 1992 and is inspired by her own experiences of first love. To find out more about Audrina and her books, visit www.audrinalane.co.uk.
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Now about the book: Charlotte is struggling with a teenage romance and in order to help her daughter, Stephanie allows her to read her our diary from when she was a teenager. This is a triple thread story, as we follow Charlotte and Stephanie in the present day and Stephanie’s past through her diary but it isn’t only Charlotte who is reading it, Stephanie can’t resist the urge to go back and take a peep herself. All the deep emotions come back to haunt her. Not sure I’d want my daughter (if I had one) to read through my diary but I thought it was a beautiful idea and slowly Charlotte manages to put the angst of her teenage romance behind her as she meets Mitchell. But this new love brings up unexpected complications.
I sometimes find it hard to read a series by the same author as it can feel samey, but once Audrina had me hooked I couldn’t not read the whole series. The only thing I would have liked is to have had the name of the character’s whose POV we were in. Even though the author did distinguish between them having their name at the beginning would have made it a bit easier for the reader.
Living in the beautiful countryside surrouding Hereford I recognised so many places in the book. The music mentioned was playing along inside my head as I read through the pages. Many pure gold 80's songs. They say you never forget your first love and with so many songs and places that remind you of them I could well understand how Steph felt. The dancing scenes were very easy to visualise too it would make a great movie.
Very Highly Recommended.
“A single song could make your heart race, tears fall or just plain laughter over a precious moment in time.”
Oh my days!! I haven’t been able to shut up about this book to my family and friends since reading it.
I couldn’t agree more. For me, my memories are inextricably linked to certain songs and pieces of music. Evoking a certain time and place, both good and bad.
And music plays such an integral part in this story……
In trying to help her daughter get over her recent heartbreak, Stephanie loans Charlie her diary from 1988. The year she, herself, turned seventeen. The year she loved and lost James. The year that led to a series of events which shaped Stephanie to this day.
Against the backdrop of some of the best (and worst) must of the 80s, Charlie is transported back in time to a place which gives her a greater understanding of the woman that is her mum.
It is an emotional, heartfelt and poignant read. Fate will not be denied. As past and present collide, can Charlie help her mum get the HEA she truly deserves?
“He was the only one who could turn the key and unlock my sealed heart.”
I was a discombobulated, blubbery mess reading this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I experienced all the flutterings of first love, wept with joy and sadness and laughed till my sides hurt.
What a stunning debut and the book has cemented its place in my Top Ten reads of 2016 so far. Now, you’ll have to excuse me, I know my Wham Greatest Hits CD *snorts* is around here somewhere #IJestNot
Steph and James is done via the past and present. The past is done via Stephs diary entries and the present is about healing, friendship and falling in love. I loved the diary entries and I found myself singing along to the song references and was loving the film references to which I found out I have all off the films lol. The characters and the storyline were believable as you could see yourself being in that position and I found myself falling in love with all of the characters and I was awash of emotions all the way throughout this book. There were a few suprises in this book to which I was pleased that I had guessed right. This is a story of first love, heartache and second chances. I can't wait to read book 2 I need more of their story.
I was gifted this book for an honest review.
Stephanie and James meet just before he leaves town with his parents. Both are heartbroken but they stay in touch and an amazing love story develops. Enter the heartbreak. 24 years later they reconnect through their children.
For me, this was a really nostalgic read, as I grew up around the time it's set and could relate to so much of the story. I found myself smiling, laughing, and yes, I cried a few times, even at the happy bits.
It's beautifully written and the characters are so real and lovable.
I've just bought the next book and can't wait to get started on it!!!
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