Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A Way from Heart to Heart by Helena Fairfax
Release Date: 16th November 2014
Publisher: Accent Press
Genres: Contemporary Romance

A story of friendship, loss, and the human heart’s enduring capacity for love…After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, Kate Hemingway’s world collapses around her. Her free time is spent with a charity for teenage girls, helping them mend their broken lives - which is ironic, since her own life is fractured beyond repair. Reserved, upper-class journalist Paul Farrell is everything Kate and her teenage charges aren’t.  But when Paul agrees to help Kate with her charity, he makes a stunning revelation that changes everything, and leaves Kate torn.Can she risk her son’s happiness as well as her own?

A Way From Heart to Heart immediately shares with us Kate's terrible grief at hearing her beloved photographer husband is killed in Afghanistan. Her fighting against the urge not to check the news when she hears that a photographer has been killed and being told the news by his cold and stuffy best friend Paul is heartbreaking. Life can change in an instant, and it certainly does for Kate. Widowed with a young son now, the only constant in her life remains Paul who comes to take her son George out once a month. However, Kate is blinded by her dislike for Paul and fails to see that he has remained in her life, a background presence. Although he adores his Godson George, that is not the only reason he continues to be a part of their lives.

Kate is a successful model who has come from very humble beginnings and wants to put something back into the world to try to help young girls who like her, had no one to care. Against her better judgement she asks journalist Paul for help. Surprised by her ever changing opinion of Paul, Kate can't seem to reconcile her opinion of Paul with how he is making her feel. Paul himself has hidden depths and Kate must re-evaluate her view of him. However, that is so difficult to do at times as Paul's personality appears to change almost instantly. A protective mechanism perhaps?

I really enjoyed this book. It explores so well the engulfing pain of grief and the almost crushing fear of moving on. Each character in the book develops at just the right pace, giving the reader insight into what makes them so fragile. I become so caught up in their story that I was desperate that both find happiness - preferably together!  Full of great secondary characters too, who couldn't fail to fall in love with little George. His hero-worshipping of Paul is kind of sweet and its easy to see why Kate is so desperate to protect him. I loved that Kate initially had such a dislike for Paul and a preconceived idea of what he was like. But, was this feeling towards him really a subconscious way to protect herself just as Paul may be doing? The book resonated so many issues with me that I found it difficult to put down. It explores, grief, fear, love and how the past can and does shape us and our actions. Sometimes its easier to take a step back than to take a leap of faith. Easier, but not always the right thing for our hearts. A recommended read! A story told in a gentle, quiet and beautiful way.

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Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She's grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire. After many years working in factories and dark, satanic mills, Helena began writing full-time. Her first novel, The Silk Romance, was a contender for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme Award and a runner-up in the Global Ebook Awards, and her work in progress has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize 2015. When not writing, she walks the Yorkshire moors every day with her rescue dog, and finds this wild landscape the perfect place to dream up her stories.

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