Title: This Old Heart of Mine
Author: A.J. Compton
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Ava Malone knows all about being broken-hearted.
Born with a severe heart defect, she’s spent her whole life in and out of hospital, desperately needing a transplant.
Just days from death, her weak prayers are finally answered, and she receives a new heart; one that not only saves her life, but changes it forever.
Now fit and healthy, Ava is able to do things she only dreamed of, like get a job and some independence, fall in love, and finally live life to the fullest.
But her journey of self-discovery takes her to places she never expected. Along the way, Ava doesn’t just find the woman she was always meant to be, but also finds out more about the woman who no longer is. The one who gave her this new life because she lost hers.
Faced with a devastating dilemma, Ava must decide whether the heart that’s pumping inside her body now belongs to her, or is still beating for someone else…
It’s really hard for me to write this review without getting personal or emotional. Five years ago, I was faced with the impossible task of deciding when to switch my father’s life support machine off. With my parents divorced and no longer speaking, the responsibility fell on the oldest daughter – me. And with that responsibility came the next question enough, do we donate his organs? Amongst all the different opinions and all the grieving family, I was glad that my dad and I had had this conversation. That he had specifically said, if the time ever came and his organs were viable “give them away”. And I did…
So with that background, I need to say thank you to AJ Compton. Thank you for magnificently portraying the beauty of life and the importance of giving. Thank you for capturing both the difficulty and grace in life after death. Thank you for bringing to life characters that understand the true magnitude of heartache and the true blessing of love.
This Old Heart of Mine is full of emotion; a journey that needs to be felt to be understood. Through the smiles and the tears, each chapter gives readers an all access pass to the unraveling of the new Ava Maloney. Delving into the matters of the heart, we are blessed with poignant words and exquisite poetry, showing Ava embarking on her new life. Experiencing things for the first time and choosing when it will be her last, Ava Maloney’s happiness becomes your own.
This Old Heart Of Mine may be Ava’s story but, the complexity and sincerity of all other characters, highlights the importance of their presence for the completion of this story. Told with such precision and empathy, AJ Compton can confidently add another moving masterpiece to her collection of writing. In a perfect combination of life and love, Compton’s writing style ensures that, This Old Heart of Mine will be remembered.
Open your mind, open your heart and open your soul; you’re going to want to feel this one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.J. Compton wants a lot of things;
To write books that make you think and feel deeply.
To make you ugly cry and cry with laughter. In the same book.
To write stories that cause you to be anti-social and have you staying up late to finish them.
To show that life can be cruel and difficult, but it can also be incredibly beautiful and worthwhile.
And what A.J. really wants, is to write books that make you remember why you love to read.
A.J. knows better than most that we don’t always get what we want in life, but is going to give it a damn good try 😉