“A fascinating premise and a lovely book. Highly recommended.” –Chicklittings
“A compelling, thoughtful read.” –Choice Magazine
By Catherine Ryan Hyde, the bestselling author of WHEN I FOUND YOU, PAY IT FORWARD and 18 published and forthcoming books, SECOND HAND HEART is a compelling novel of love, unexpected chances, and inconceivable loss—of learning to live for the first time, and learning to live all over again.
Vida is only 19, but she knows a lot about dying. Her weak heart is about to give out, and her only friend, Esther, is the elderly Holocaust survivor who lives upstairs. Richard is 36 and has just lost his beloved wife in a car accident. When Richard is invited to the hospital to meet the young woman who received his wife’s donor heart, Vida takes one look at him and feels she’s loved him all her life. Richard thinks Vida is just a sheltered and confused young woman, but as Vida and Esther set out on a road trip to confront their pasts and Richard struggles to move forward without his wife, both Vida and Richard begin to wonder if there might be some truth behind the theory of cellular memory after all. Can a heart remember, at least for a time, on its own?
An unusual and surprising love story, SECOND HAND HEART is an engaging page-turner that will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks, and to anyone who has ever been curious about the limits of love and death.
“A first-rate read! ... Second Hand Heart is a great book about surviving despite the odds” –Leah Graham, Chick Lit Reviews and News
If you enjoy SECOND HAND HEART, don't forget to check out Catherine's other recent US release, WHEN I FOUND YOU, also available in the Kindle store and in paper.