For eighteen years, I’ve known one part of me. The part that was raised by Brian and Lynette Jensen. But now, seeing how similar I am to my biological parents, I understand why there was a huge part of me that always felt disconnected.
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
It’s been eighteen years since Abigail Jensen was born with a hole in her heart. Five years since she collapsed on the soccer field. And it’s been five years, six months and eight days since she found out that she was adopted.
Abigail has spent five years wondering about the family she never knew, and why she wasn’t good enough for them. When she turns eighteen, it’s time for her to decide if she wants to know her biological parents, and why they put her up for adoption.
After an argument with her adoptive parents, Abigail arrives on the doorstep of her biological parents, Chris and Claire Knight. She’s astonished to discover that they never stopped thinking about her and have been waiting for this day for eighteen long years.
They get one summer to make up for all the lost years. But that one summer becomes the best, and worst time in Abby’s life, as once again somebody makes the ultimate sacrifice for her.
This is the fourth and final book, excluding novellas, in the Shattered Hearts series by Cassia Leo. I’d never read anything by Cassia Leo when I saw that the first three books in this series were available on Netgalley. I read the first three books in the space of a few months and when I found that Abby was getting her own book I couldn’t wait to read it.
I absolutely loved seeing her meet Chris and Claire. Although Abby’s adoptive parents have loved and cared for her for eighteen years, I knew from the previous books how hard losing her was for Chris and Claire. Claire in particular as it was her decision to give Abby away in order to give her a good life, and she never stopped blaming herself.
Now Abby is eighteen, and her father has given her the key to a safety deposit box at the bank, filled with information about her biological parents, including their address. When Abby argues with her parents, she decides there’s no time like the present to meet her biological family, and she soon arrives on their doorstep.
I was so happy for Chris and Claire when they finally get to meet her. I found Chris amusing as he couldn’t decide how to behave with Abby’s long term boyfriend Caleb. Chris has never been a part of Abby’s life, so he’s unsure if he has the right to dislike Caleb for dating his daughter, but at the same time he still sees her as his little girl and he’s very protective.
He’s got nothing to worry about with Caleb though. Abby is his sunshine and he would do anything to make her happy. He takes care of her, he makes sure she takes her medication, and he knows the signs when she’s overdone it and needs to rest. Everybody needs a Caleb in their life, especially somebody like Abby with her fragile heart.
The best part for me is that Abby got to meet her siblings. She always felt out of place with her adoptive parents, like she didn’t quite belong. Surrounded by her biological family, she finally feels like she belongs, and quickly becomes comfortable around them.
However, I had a feeling that this happiness couldn’t last forever, and I knew that tragedy was bound to strike soon. And it really did strike. It was completely unexpected, it was heartbreaking, but it was also heartwarming at the same time.
I’ve loved the whole Shattered Hearts series, and I plan on reading the other novellas too. This was a lovely ending to the series,and I recommend the whole series to lovers of Romantic stories.
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Paperback Edition ISBN13 – 978-1500279301
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Shattered Hearts Series