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Friday, January 15, 2016

A Beholden Heart by M.L. Steinbrunn

Title: A Beholden Heart
Author: M.L. Steinbrunn
Genre: YA/NA Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2016

Have you ever looked around at your life and thought to yourself, this can’t be what the universe had planned for me?
This thought enters my brain…Every. Single. Day.
I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing, but this isn’t it.
I don’t want extraordinary. I’ve never wanted extraordinary. I just want normal…whatever that is.
When I enrolled in Middleton High School, I was just looking to find some resemblance to the typical high school experience.
Then I met Matt Rhodes. He lives the life of envy: popular, athletic, top of his class. Yet he wants none of it; he would gladly give it all up to gain back everything that he’s lost.
Together we will redefine normal.

What a beautifully written, highly emotive read that definitely pulled at my heartstrings. When I orignallly read the blurb the first line really spoke to me so I was eager to get started and once I did it captured me from the first word to the very last.

The story centres around Gwen and the impact she has on the people she is surrounded by, bringing perspective to their lives with selfless acts of kindness, acceptance and love. It's a real coming of age story but with so much more to it.

"What makes life liveable are the people we surround ourselves with. Living forever would mean continuously losing those pieces that make life wonderful, I would rather live a short life full of love than a forever of loneliness. Returning to the past would allow me to return to every perfect moment that my imperfect memory might have forgotten."

This book tugged at my heart one minute and the next had me laughing. The dynamics and witty banter woven throughout the relationships of the character's were really well thought out, I felt they had depth and I instantly connected to them. The story even though primarily a YA read was so captivating that by the time I realised I was already invested in the story and would not put it down.

I highly recommend this book to all ages the message intricately woven throughout its pages is so poignant that I feel it's a must read!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review courtesy of WTMO Book Blog.

~ Vickie, WTMO Reviewer

"This is my first book of 2016 and the bar has been set high indeed for those that follow. As I write this at 430AM with tears streaming down my face, I know that this book has taken my heart and changed it."- 5 Star Goodreads Review

“Thanks so much for sharing the book with me ML Steinbrunn. Thank you for the laughs, friendships and living life to the fullest. This book truly was a real inspiration …” - 4.5 Star Review Four Chicks Flipping Pages

(Special thanks to Four Chicks Flipping Pages)

(Special thanks to Dani Rene Author)

My name is M.L. Steinbrunn and I am a young adult and contemporary romance author. My work includes the popular Redemption Series and a young adult series, which includes my new release, A Beholden Heart. 
In addition to writing, I work full-time as a high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where my husband and I are raising our four young children. Through education I have enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their own stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was my husband who encouraged me to follow my own path of self-publishing.
I want to send a huge thank you to those who have been overwhelmingly supportive of this journey. 
--M.L. Steinbrunn


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