Lynda Reviews Yours by Jasinda Wilder
A stand alone novel
When my husband Oliver died, my life ended. My purpose, my passion, my everything bled out with him on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Ollie was an organ donor. His eyes, his brain, his lungs, his heart…parts of my Ollie went out and saved lives.
Then His heart, beating in another man’s chest, found its way back to me, and I found myself faced with an impossible choice: hold on to the pain and beauty of the past and the memory of the man I loved, or reach for a bold new
future, knowing each heartbeat will be a reminder of all I’ve lost.
I wasn’t supposed to live past thirty.
My grandfather died at forty-five. Heart failure.
My father died at thirty-five. Heart failure.
The doctors told me my whole life that I wouldn’t see my thirty-first birthday. My heart was going to give out. It was just a matter of time: a rare blood type and an unusually large heart meant essentially zero chance of a transplant.
I proved them all wrong…by dying on my thirty-first birthday.
And then I woke up, alive, with another man’s heart inside my chest, and his widow on my conscience.
I spent my whole life preparing for death, and now I have to learn how to live. Only, as I soon discovered, living is the easy part.
Loving, and allowing myself to be loved…well, that’s a whole lot harder.
‘ Jasinda Wilder has done it again with this thought provoking pulse spiking nail biting story of loss love and humanity. ‘
Well I wasn’t expecting this book to open the way it did. Talk about in your face emotions. But that’s what helped shape this story to be everything it was.
The time line jumps around a little but it’s what introduces us to the characters. We learn a lot about Lock, Niall and Oliver. Learning about Oliver was bitter sweet. An amazing man who helped others so selflessly, a man who went above and beyond to try and make a difference in the darkest parts of the world. A humble, caring, devoted surgeon who cared with his whole being.
Lock is fighting time, living like tomorrow is his last day, which it could well have been. Pushing his limits and living free. Until one fateful night. If you don’t quite understand the time line between Lock’s demise and his survival you will a little bit further in. Lock struggles with what to do with himself now he’s had his miracle. Never expecting to live and then being given a new life. He’s searching for something but doesn’t know what.
Niall, lived, loved, lost. That horrific day set in motion a time of nothingness. Niall tries to fill her life with all that was Oliver, his truck, his home town. She’s going through the motions of just existing. Until things change.
The chance encounter of the woman Lock is looking for sets everything in motion. Waging their own internal battles against the intense chemistry they have. Lock and Niall surge together only to have this momentous situation between them.
The tormentous and churning emotions sky rocket when the pulse pounding 4 hits. I was rooted to my seat leaning closer and closer to my iPad, seemingly trying to get into the pages of this book. I wanted to bite my manicured nails. I am not a nail biter. Scenes had me raising my finger and attempting. No I didn’t break through the sns on my nails thankfully. I was trapped in that story, the outside world didn’t exist.
“I can’t breath, can’t scream. Can’t even hyperventilate. The two by four would have smashed my skull into fragments if I’d ducked a split second later. Lock has us moving again, skewing around the remnants of the house”
Through the midst of the chaos strengths are found but answers to inner turmoil aren’t so easily come by.
The humanitarian side of this story is so real. The devastation felt in many places of the world, the loss of so many lives be it by Mother Nature or human conflict is highlighted. This story while a love story makes you stop and think of how much there is out there. How many people need help for so many different reasons. It’s touching, confronting and so raw it stirs thing inside you.