** I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review**
Wow! As some of you know I love to read and so am always reading (or listening to a book on Audible – By the way you might as well get your 2 free audio books with your 1 month free trial by clicking here). I enjoyed Hearts Anonymous so much that I decided to share a review.
In true Jonathan Dunne fashion, this novel takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will laugh. You will cry. You will be confused or frustrated at times. You will be amazed, and you will love this book! Yes, it does have his classic dark humor and you should expect the unexpected. You’ll recognize some recurring themes – living/dead lovers, loss, and a quest to find answers. If you’ve read his other novels, you’ll also notice that some characters and plot lines from other stories make appearances.
The story centers around Jack, who has lost the love of his life, Jeanie, in a tragic rollercoaster accident. Her death actually saves his life, however, because her heart now beats in the place where his no longer could. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the agony of survivor’s guilt, but Jack can’t seem to run away from his emotions, even when he tries to commit suicide. Every beat of his/Jeanie’s heart now pushes him to find answers. What is the meaning of life? What comes next? Was this fate or can Jack somehow turn back the hands of time and undo this tragedy?
Jeanie’s best friend Ruthy tells Jack about a time machine she found in a fairy tale, and Jack laughs in her face. However, Jack himself unintentionally comes across the same story and has a change of heart. He decides he has nothing more to lose, so he and Ruthy plan a journey to find this time machine to bring Jeanie back. So, channeling fairy tales like Jack & the Beanstalk, they set off on an incredible adventure of a lifetime.
I especially enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book. It really drew me in and made me feel like my own heart was invested in the story. Putting together clues, like pieces of a puzzle, from earlier in the story or even from other novels by Dunne, was another bonus. The amazing twists & turns in the plot will leave you wanting more. Each time you read it you may discover something new!
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