Review: YOURS by Jasinda Wilder

My Thoughts

A heart-wrenching second chance at love story
with themes of love and loss, adventure and fate.

4halfstars

Synopsis

yours cover wilderWhen 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.

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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.

My Review

Jasinda Wilder delivers a heart-wrenching second chance romance that burrows deep into your heart and lingers long after you’re done. Yours is a story about loss and love, about grieving and healing, about freedom and adventure. The lives of the characters entwine in ways unforeseen, proving it’s never too late to alter the course of one’s life.

In typical Jasinda Wilder fashion, she builds the story to where we quickly fall in love for its protagonists, feel what they feel, hurt when they hurt. And for Niall and Lachlan, although they’d lived very disparate lives, they had both felt the pang of heartache and loneliness, the breathless stun of surprise after their lives fell off course.

Niall and her husband Oliver fell in love while part of the Doctors Without Borders program, saving lives in war-torn areas as bullets flew by them. Their love and their passion for helping others made it worthwhile, but fate interrupted their happy ever after when Oliver was killed in a tragic accident.

Her plans for the future, her passion for her work, her happiness, her sense of self, all died along with him. She fell into a bottomless abyss of grief, paralyzed by the loss of him.

“The pain is nothing compared to the ocean of grief, the sea of shock boiling just beneath the surface of my psyche, waiting to yank me under like a riptide.”

We also meet Lachlan, who spent his years on open sea, traveling the globe without a care in the world, with many a woman to warm his bed. He wasn’t supposed to live past thirty, so he lived his life on the edge, daring destiny to take him. Any minute could be his last and so he lived it to the fullest.

“It’s only a rush if it’s dangerous. I only feel alive if I’m encroaching on death, if I’m toeing the bleeding edge of insanity.”

When time came for Lachlan, he relished living to thirty one, he’d beat the odds, but his heart had finally given out.

He never expected to wake up in the hospital, after his death, with a new heart—a new lease on life.

“I spent my whole life expecting to die. Waiting to die. Knowing I’d die. And now I’m alive, and… Now what?”

Lost without purpose, Lachlan embarks on a journey to find the family of the man whose heart gave him life, in hopes he’d find himself along the way.

Lachlan and Niall meet, in a moment of happenstance. And when he realizes just who she is, his truth is muted by fear.

Before too long, they’re healing each other. Finding new purpose together. Falling in love when both thought it impossible. Secrets and insecurities, however, threaten everything and Lachlan gambles on losing the very person who has shown him how to live.

“I spent my whole life doing nothing, Niall. Avoiding anything and everything, because I felt like nothing mattered. Nothing I did mattered, because I was going to die soon… You took me by surprise. I never expected to—to feel… so much.”

Lachlan and Niall’s romance is a storm of emotions. It’s messy and twisted and rife with heartache and fear. But I loved the threads which wove through their story: adventure, fate, love, courage and second chances. Fast-paced and heart-wrenching, Yours will hold your heart captive from its poignant beginning to its hopeful, happy end.

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