Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue
eBook review copy; 304 pages
Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue is a recommended mother/daughter story.
Gail Gideon is the radio personality/voice for "The Gail Gideon
Show." Gail's show began as an on-air rant nine years ago when her
husband asked for a divorce. Now her nationally syndicated show provides
advice to millions of women who seek self-empowerment. Her fame has
come at a price, including stalkers, misguided fans, callers who dislike
her, and harassing notes. But Gail has kept a low profile and most
people don't know what she looks like.
Gail's daughter Nic, 14, has always had self-esteem issues and a problem
with stuttering. She tends to avoid social situations and much prefers
her time after school at the stables with her horse, Tru. Then the
unthinkable happens and a riding accident sends Nic to the hospital with
a traumatic brain injury. When she comes out of her coma, she is a
changed girl. She is now much more confident, charming, outspoken, and
her stutter is gone. She's now emboldened to talk to new senior, Lucas
Holt, but she is also making other decisions that are more reckless.
Gail notices the change in her daughter and wants to protect her, but
needs to balance her concern with other commitments. Nic definitely
can't ride her horse until it is approved by the doctors and her mom and
dad. Will Nic listen to her mom when riding is her true love, unless
Lucas is going to take that role. And what about Gail? Can she really
give advice to single women when she might be falling for someone?
This novel is set with a sound track because Gail loves her music and
has a song or two or three for every scene and event in her life. Music
is a central theme in this story, so know your female singers when you
Every Wild Heart encompasses a light mystery, love stories, the
mother-daughter bond, horses, and music. The novel is well-written and
flows smoothly as the chapters switch between the point of view of Gail
and Nic. The dual narration is very successful here and offers a nice
point-counterpoint between the two as the various storylines in the plot
are developed. Even though the novel is a little too-sweet and
predictable at times, it is well-written and offers a pleasant diversion
from life. Every now and then it is nice to read a novel with conflicts
that all find a resolution and a happy ending.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.