Release Day Blitz : ARC Review + Giveaway - A Heart of Time by Shari Ryan

Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: May 18, 2016


“Time of death...” the doctor said. I won’t forget that moment I looked over at Ellie—the paleness of her once rosy cheeks, the blue hue coating her perfect lips—the woman I had been with since we were five years old. My wife. My best friend...and the mother to our newborn baby girl. You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her.She gave me her forever, I told myself. Her forever just ended at twenty-five. “You need to say your goodbyes...” the doctor said. How do I say goodbye to the one person in my life I could never say goodbye to? My body is numb, and my heart hurts. Hurts like someone just ripped it out of my chest. Which is ironic ... “We are going to remove her heart now, Hunter. It was her wish to donate,” the doctor said. She never told me this. She never told me another woman would carry on with her beating heart. She never told me this woman knew me but wouldn’t let me know her. She never told me if I should follow her heart, or if I should follow mine. She knew. She could have told me...  



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

"Our hearts determine our paths, the distances we'll go, the direction, and the length of our stay."

This is the first book I read by Shari J. Ryan. I read the blurb and it piqued my interest. This book is about Hunter who loses his wife during child birth. It was such an emotional scene to read how Hunter handled this heartbreaking moment. Hunter and his wife Ellie met on the first day of kindergarten when they were five, were best friends until high school, then boyfriend and girlfriend until their senior year of college when they got married. I can't even imagine how it must feel to lose someone you loved your entire life. Thankfully Hunter had his baby girl Olive.

Olive was the reason Hunter kept on going with his life. Olive was the only thing that was left of her. I love reading about single parents, they are such strong people who have to be both a mom and dad for the child. Hunter didn't have an easy time after he lost his wife. On the first day that Olive had to attend kindergarten Hunter meets another single parent. They eventually become pretty good friends because both their kids become best friends. They help one another out when it's needed. I thought I had the story all figured out, but boy was I wrong. Seriously I didn't see a lot of things coming. I'm really happy the author didn't take the predictable route with this story. She had me guessing throughout the book. I am not going to say anything about the plot(twists) in this book because I feel like you should experience it yourself.

I adored this book, I enjoyed reading about all the characters. There were scenes that were funny, happy and scenes that were really emotional that had me crying. It was inspirational, and I loved that it was different and unpredictable. The pace of the story had a great flow and I really enjoyed the writing style. I was hooked from the start.
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About the Author
Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates. When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
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