Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney @wordymary @OmnificPub @Literati_Lit #review

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Beside Your Heart
by Mary Whitney
“It’s an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time.”

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.

Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?


I really enjoyed this book. The overall angst is what draws me in all the time. Nicki and Adam had a great connection. Nicki had a lot of things to deal with and it was equally as mental and physical. Suffering such heartbreak Nicki was at the lowest point. Sometime you think about someone like Nicki being so young and having to have to deal with very adult issues. I don’t know how I would do in the situation.

What got me ready to scream was Adam and his future. How can he have a girlfriend and worry about staying here in the states? That was another persistent part of my angst. I hope other readers will see that point too. I was thinking why bother, then the other hand saying, yes figure it out later. So there was a grappling between staying and what was going to happen for me.

Aside from Nicki and Adam, the story had really good structure and sub characters. I know the age thing is difficult, but, as an older woman it did remind me of some long ago issues. What I know for sure is the YA and NA audience will grab this one up. What I HOPE for is for the romance and contemporary fans to take a dive into the genre too.

5 stars

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Mary Whitney’s Author Bio

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Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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