Monday, March 13, 2017

Every Wild Heart

Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue
HarperCollins: 3/14/17
eBook review copy; 304 pages
paperback ISBN-13: 9780062429834

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 start reading.

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.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.

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