Things We Know By Heart

Finished Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.”

I love Jessi Kirby’s books so much, and this book sounds like it was tailor-made for me.  (You may wonder, then, why it took me so long to read it.  It’s a fair question.)

I was a fan of the fact that I had one unread Jessi Kirby book, which helps because I don’t know when another is coming.

And I also knew that her books tend to make me cry.  A lot.  In public.  So between the two, I waited until I was in the exact right mood for it.

I am drawn to grieving books and Jessi Kirby writes great ones. This one is no exception.  It’s so obvious that Quinn is still grieving the sudden loss of her boyfriend, Trent, and she finds a small measure of solace in talking to the people who received his organs…except the person who got his heart is refusing to answer her letters.

SO of course she decides to break protocol and go see him. He lives near-ish (close enough so it’s doable; far enough where it’s a bit of an effort to get there) and she figures she’ll just see him and leave; no actual contact.

Of course, things don’t go according to Quinn’s plan.

And oh, it’s so great that they don’t. :)

The thing I love most about Jessi Kirby’s books is that, while they tend to be sad, there is also so much hope.  It’s probably a hard thing to do but she makes it look incredibly easy.

Highly recommended.




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