Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Patrycja's Review: Vital Sign by JL Mac

Title: Vital Sign
Series: Standalone
Author: J L Mac
Release Date: April 11 , 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No

I used to have a great life. My little world was bright. I had no complaints. My perfectly simple life made the fall from grace that much more devastating. I plummeted from the heavenly little bubble that I shared with Jake. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell. The knowledge of how things used to be is a bittersweet torture that refuses me even one moment of respite. I live in a painful reverie that I can’t escape. 

I had it good once.

That’s gone now. 

All of it disappeared like vapor into the ether. I’m a lost woman, wandering through grief and struggling to come to terms with my new title: widow. My family says I need understanding and closure. I say a cigarette and a bottle of wine is a much better option for instant gratification.

I’m the awkward, depressed one standing in the corner making everyone around me miserably uncomfortable. I’m the one with vacant eyes that society strives to help but can’t. I’m the one who hands out tight smiles and derisive snorts. I’m the widow adrift in this world with no direction. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.

Sadie sets out on a journey to healing without knowing that things will get far worse before they get better. Despite her general indifference to organ donation, she finds herself on a journey to seek out the only people who benefited from her husband’s tragic death.

Resentment runs rampant as she meets the thriving organ recipients. Anger and jealousy spiral, sending the delicate structure of Sadie’s emotions into a tailspin.

Alexander McBride got a second chance—one that he didn’t necessarily want. Alexander is a game changer for Sadie. She hates him for his health but can’t help feeling at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating, addictive even.

The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest. It’s a circumstance that forces her to wage an internal war fueled by grief, anger, guilt, love, lust, and loyalty.

Sadie must discover the things that are vital to going on with her life if she has any hope of finding her way through the all-consuming grief that dominates every waking moment.

Before reading Vital Sign I was expecting heartbreak and sadness, it was hard not to after reading the blurb, yet the intensity of it still wrecked me. It was so much more extreme than I thought! Every page contained pain and agony. The aching loss that the main character felt really touched me. It was impossible not to love this story. J L Mac’s tale of grief was simply beautiful.

“I’m bitter, and angry, and lonely, and confused. But most importantly, I am utterly and completely heartbroken that I had a fairytale life and in a split second it was stolen from me.”

The story follows Sadie, twenty – six year old widow. She’d tragically lost her husband two years ago and from that dreadful night when Jake got shot, Sadie can’t let go and move on with her life. She’s changed drastically. From happy, young and full of hope girl that married her high school sweetheart, to the broken, bitter and very lonely woman.

“I’m tired and broken and ready to give up.”

Zander McBride is the man that got Jake’s heart. After the transplant he became a recluse; When Sadie ask him to meet her to finally find some closure , he agrees.

"The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest."

Now, both of them, completely broken and alone find themselves in dangerous situation. They fall in love.

Vital Sign is not a sweet ‘walk in the park’, ‘read while sitting on the beach’ kind of novel. No, Vital Sign is heart crushing, tear jerking romance that will make you feel the bad and the ugly, the unfairness of the life, it will make you question everything, even the God. It will simply make you feel.

From the start to the finish you will be enchanted by this story. It will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will definitely give you hope; J L Mac has done amazing, wonderful, stunning work. Her novel is purely emotional and it’s not something you want to miss.

***Review Copy provided by the author, J.L Mac in exchange for honest review ***


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