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27 July 2013 @ 10:07 pm
Book Review: The Other Side of Heartache.  
The Other Side of HeartacheThe Other Side of Heartache by Sarah Jo Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book. I couldn't put it down. The story starts off with Grace giving birth to a stillborn boy. Her heart is broken and she seeks solace with her mother. But life gives Grace another blow, soon enough, her mother dies. It was felt that she died of a broken heart (which later on, with the aid of the diaries that her mother kept and Grace finds, is corroborated. Dying of a broken heart is actually real. It is called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (this condition was recently recognized and named by the American Heart Association, and I happen to be a two-time survivor, so the book spoke to me even deeper.

Anyway, I digress. I couldn't put this book down. I just hungered to discover and find how Grace uncovers her family skeletons. And each discovery, led to another discovery. Each discovery led to deep thoughts about our social norms and how we can ruin people's lives with prejudgment.

I won't say much because I don't want to spoil the reader. Just bear in mind that this book is like the Maxwell House coffee commercial: It was good to the last drop.

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