BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Stubborn Hearts by Heidi Hutchinson
(In Cold Mud #1)
Publication date (Amazon available now): March 11th 2016
Nothing can break your spirit without your permission.
Ryan Zacherson’s life was forever altered the moment her mom passed away. Thrust into a family feud decades old, she attempts to hold tight to the reins of her life without losing control. She embarks on a forced journey of self-discovery. As she becomes more deeply involved in the world of horse racing, liars, gamblers, and cheats, she learns harsh lessons as the girl no one wants. She’s taught the value of love, compassion, loyalty, and resilience. With the help of her closest friend, Jesse Hart, she learns what it really means to be brave.
This is a story about friendship, new beginnings, and learning how to say goodbye.
Prequel to Brand New Sky.
PG16 for language, angst, and douchebaggy relatives.
This book isn’t a romance novel. Well, not in the traditional sense of the word. There is romance, but it’s not between a boyfriend and girlfriend. There is love, but not in the sense of a couple’s relationship. What there is, is an explanation into what made Ryan, (from Brand New Sky) well, Ryan?
What we also have been gifted with this book, is what I have come to expect from this author. Wry humour, deft touches, and a skillful, emotion evoking narrative. And this all combines to provide a heart warming and wonderful tale of friendship, growth and loss. Tissues at the ready – this may induce clear fluid from the eyes and/or furious blinking…
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Pre-order for release on 11th March at these sites
Heidi Hutchinson was born in South Dakota and raised the exact right distance away from the Black Hills. She had an overactive imagination very early on, and wasted no time in getting most of her friends in trouble due to her unrealistic and completely ridiculous ideas. Seeing as she was so lazy and also afraid people would think she was bonkers, she didn’t write down any of the story lines that played out in her daydreams.
During her high school years, she took pen to paper and filled more notebooks than she is proud of with angsty, depressing, self-deprecating poetry. This led to her writing down more things: notes, ideas, character bios, plot twists that had no plot yet to twist. After years of cleaning up her own scraps of imagination with nothing solid to hold on to, she sat down and wrote the story that had been in her head the longest. Fueled by coffee and her unwavering and perfectly normal devotion to Dave Grohl, she discovered a writer living inside of her.
She still lives in the Midwest, though not as close to the Black Hills as she would prefer, with her alarmingly handsome husband and their fearless child. They eat more pizza than God intended and she listens to her music the same way she lives: loudly.