I Liked It!
What a beautiful and emotional read!
In A Beholden Heart we meet Gwen, who hasn’t really lived life, and is entering her senior year of high school. When she starts a new school, and has some freedom to finally live, and not be cooped up in the house, she embraces it fully. She’s never really gotten to experience high-school, so her happy go lucky attitude doesn’t help her with the cliques at her new school. She instantly befriends Sam, who I adored, and also becomes friends with Matt and Spencer.
Matt is “Mr. Popular” and lives behind the facade that he’s happy being the football hero, but he wants so much more out of his life. When he becomes friends with Gwen, she helps him see he can realize his dreams and make himself happy. I loved watching Matt grow in this story and seeing how much he changed from when we first met him.
Sam, Spencer, and Matt were all really good friends growing up, but something happened a long time ago that tore Spence and Matt away from Sam. With the help of Gwen this group of friends find one another again, and the school itself changes because of this spark of life that is Gwen. Her character is beautiful, happy, and always looking for the positive in life. I really loved how she was able to bring peace to a group of people that deserved it after so long.
This book really isn’t a love story at all. It’s based in high school and is really about finding yourself, being happy, and embracing life to the fullest. Gwen seemed to have changed everyone’s life she entered in this book, and I loved her character dearly. I hated that she had the condition that she did, but instead of letting it bring her down, she continued to move forward and decided to be happy.
This is a powerful story that definitely pulled at my heartstrings. I laughed, I cried, and I felt at peace (even if I was torn up) when this book ended. I definitely am looking forward to seeing where these characters end up after A Beholden Heart ends. Matt and Sam deserve more chances at repairing their broken relationship, and Spencer just needs to be around, because his character definitely brought the fun times in this book when we needed it!
A Beholden Heart by M.L. Steinbrunn is a story of love, loss, and learning to life life to the fullest! I highly suggest this beautiful read! Go one-click your copy today!