Oct 5, 2015

A Shattered Heart by Tiffany King ~ Review

A Shattered Heart (Fractured Lives, #2)

From Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Shattered Moment, comes book 2 in the Fractured Lives Series.

A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen "Kat" Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.

Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.

Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on each other, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again.
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A Shattered Heart was a very emotional journey for me.  I read it back to back with the first book, A Shattered Moment, and I absolutely loved every page of both books. Tiffany King, being one of my favorite authors, has a way of letting you feel what the characters are feeling as you read. You hurt when they hurt, you love when they love, and these characteristics are easily found in A Shattered Moment.

I really loved Kat mostly because she was a tough girl on the outside, but soft on the inside. I am a lot this way.  I like to hide my emotions on the outside even if I'm being torn to shreds on the inside. This is what made Kat easy to relate to for me. She was going through a really tough time emotionally and after all but running away for a year after the accident where she lost two of her best friends, she has such a struggle getting back to "real life" and finding herself again.

I loved watching Kat and Brian's relationship change throughout the book. They share so much emotionally in the loss of Dan, but as with everyone, you deal with loss differently but they are able to help each other and learn to care about and love someone else again.

As this book is in a series, but you can still read each bokk as a stand alone, you get to know the other characters so much better throughout the book.  I would recommend reading A Shattered Moment before just for the fact that there is so much to see in the progress of all of the friends effected by the accident and how close their relationship really was throughout the entire story.

Needless to say I would recommend A Shattered Heart to anyone high school age and up.  I found it to be a wonderful journey for both Kat and Brian and look forward to the next book in this series.

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