Just Remember to Breathe
This book has been personally recommended a few times, and after reading the synopsis, I immediately added it to my TBR list.
Kirsty: “… I spend most days on here dying to find my next favourite book. One of which, I recently found. It’s called ‘Just Remember To Breathe’ by Charles Sheehan Miles. It is about a man who goes off to war leaving his world behind, including a girl he loves deeply. He is injured at war and finds himself back at College, the same one as the love of his life.. Only as you imagine, it isn’t that simple at all.. but I won’t say anymore. But I think you’d really love it!”
Kirsten: “Now that Lise has read it and enjoyed it as much as Kirsty and I, I have to recommend Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles. Really good story.”
A war hero. *swoon*. And since the author himself sent me a copy, it seemed like a sign. I started it yesterday (the perfect read for this Veteran’s Day weekend), and immediately (by the writing style, and voice of each character – it is told from both their POV’s), I knew it was totally going to be my thing.
The heartache is there, right from the start, and the surprise meeting, and subsequent tears from the shock of seeing him (Dylan)… there, at her school after months of missing him terribly, and no communication. WOW. I felt it. Her pain. And his too. Kirsty is SO right. There is much more to this, because he is suffering from serious physical trauma, PTSD, and his own heartache.
“So of all the schools you could have chosen, you came here? To the same place as me?”
Anger swept over his face. “I didn’t come here for you, Alex. I came here because it was the best school I could get in to. I came here for me.”
“What, did you think you could just show up and sweep me back into your arms after ignoring me for the last six months? After erasing me from your life?”
He narrowed his eyes, looked at me directly. In a cold voice, he said, “Actually, I was hoping I just wouldn’t run into you.”
But it’s definitely more than just romantic angst. There is a certain depth and poignancy to it and I have a feeling it’ll be a powerful book. And now that I’ve shared it with you, I must get back to it.