Oh my….I have no idea if my review for SarahJane Ford’s novel, ‘I Give You My Heart’ will make any sense, but I will give it my best shot. Today I am one of the bloggers reviewing this absolutely stunning book as part of the blog tour organised by RaRaResources. As always, big thank you for asking me to be involved in the blog tour and for the ARC. Here is my review:
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and
grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has
an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious
months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the
children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with
careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out,
Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the
memory of their love in her heart.
What does TWG think?
‘If I just lay here, would you lie with me and, just forget the world….’
Yes Snow Patrol, I would indeed just forget the world because, after reading ‘I Give You My Heart’, I did not have the strength to think about anything else except this book. Period. Look, I don’t read blurbs and once again I am glad that I don’t because I went into reading this book with only my own assumption of what the book was going to be about. I mean c’mon, look at the title. For me personally, that was enough to whet my appetite for what I might stumble across as I read the book. However, I genuinely don’t think that anything could have prepared me for what lay beneath the cover of SarahJane Ford’s novel. Nothing at all. Yes, with a book about organ donation you would think the emotional parts of the storyline would be all mapped out, right? Wrong. I think I might be ill or something because my eyes kept POURING with water….what’s that all about?!
Due to what I assumed the storyline to be about (and being right), I had a slight inkling that ‘I Give You My Heart’ was going to be a very emotional read. I wasn’t wrong. However, what I didn’t realise was just how emotional the book was going to be. It wasn’t just VERY emotional, it was heartbreakingly beautiful, eyes pouring, limbs trembling, heart shattering emotional. Am I complaining? Not in the slightest. Why? Because it just goes to show that the author wrote every single word right from the heart. It proved that the author didn’t just google organ donation, she researched it to the inch of its life. The emotion also proved that the author believed in her characters, that she believed in what Alice was doing, that she believed in the power of the heart. Love. Romance. Unforgettable memories. An author who writes like this cannot be taught – they either have IT, or they don’t, and SarahJane Ford certainly has IT.
I won’t go into detail regarding the storyline, however, as someone who has always looked at romance like a dog would look at a cat, this book made me want to feel love like Alice and Alex did. I want to be loved by someone so much that you emotions become in tune with the other ones. I want to feel the excitement of being in a relationship and loving someone with every ounce of my being. Daft eh?
Ryan is such a wonderful, genuine character who made me laugh out loud by injecting some much needed humour into the storyline. His strength throughout the novel was extremely admirable, yet it broke my heart to see him so vulnerable and in a position where he couldn’t expel his sadness because he needed to do right by his best friend. What an incredible human being he is.
As for Alice. I don’t think that I would be able to write my thoughts on her without bursting into tears once again. She may have given her heart in a time of need, but she made her way into my heart to stay.
‘I Give You My Heart’ is an incredible, beautifully written novel which took me on a journey I will never forget. From start to finish, Alice took over my thoughts, my emotions, and my logical thinking. There were times where I felt like screaming out, ‘NOOOOOO!!!!’ because I didn’t want her to die. Alice may have been a fictional character, but in the short amount of time I got to know her and her story, I felt like I had a newfound best friend and her death devastated me. Obviously I was relieved that she would no longer be suffering, but the journey surrounding her death was so vivid. So real. So…..life-like. I struggled to find the line between fictional and reality as it had become so blurred.
SarahJane Ford is an author to watch due to her phenomenal storytelling, and her outstanding ability at creating characters who end up leaving their mark on readers hearts. This book absolutely broke me in two, yet I wouldn’t have changed that feeling for the world.
‘I Give You My Heart’ is everything that is right with this world, with a hint of everything that is wrong with this world in terms of terminal illness. Even though I think that the book should come with a lifetime supply of tissues, I will be recommending SarahJane Ford’s novel until I’m blue in the face because it is absolutely stunning. Not only that, the author has put a very important subject at the theme of her book to give it the airtime it so rightly deserves. A subject which people don’t want to talk about because of how final it is. But is it?
A heart-breaking yet mind blowing read, I won’t ever forget Alice’s story because yes, she’s given her heart, but she is now stuck in my mine, being the little angel on my shoulder to show me the way. Beautiful beyond belief, ‘I Give You My Heart’ is…..perfect.
About the author.
SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on
September 1st 2018.
SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After
a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has
now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following
her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her
Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be
riding Cornish waves.
SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is
where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride
and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely
emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heartbreaking
P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.