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3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The first time they broke each other’s hearts. Now they have a second chance…

 Doing what was expected didn’t get Anna Morelli anything but a bad marriage. Now that her life has fallen apart there’s only one place she can think of to regroup and figure out what comes next. Two Willows, the winery owned by the only man she could ever rely on. Her oldest friend. And her worst
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Samhain Publishing (first published November 2nd 2010)
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DJ Sakata
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In so many ways, her life had been waiting for her. Like a bottle of Two Willows Syrah, all the flavors and notes and tones locked inside until Jace had uncorked it. With Jace she had the freedom to breathe, and with that freedom came unexpected richness, full and satisfying.

My Review:

Breathe was a quick yet somewhat heavy read, as the story was laden with angst, regrets, grief, sorrow, and wasted years based on misconceptions. I had a difficult time warming up to Anna, she had al
Feb 04, 2013 Carol-Ann rated it it was amazing
A beautiful read well written and created a love that deserved a second chance loved Anna and jace story very heartwarming! Wished I had read this book sooner has reader's we buy so many books and we forget the one's we brought earlier but so glad I took a chance on this read!
Susan Gorman
May 01, 2017 Susan Gorman rated it it was amazing
Donna Award’s Breathe is a twist on the second chance at love theme. Both main characters fascinated me in this moving story of forgiveness, love and family set in the Shuswap Lake region of British Columbia.
Anna Morelli needs to breathe. She discovered her husband, Stefano, was having an affair with their nanny and was starting divorce proceedings when Stefano died. She’s overwhelmed; she’s been grieving for her marriage, caring for her two young children and working for her demanding father in
Rose May
Aug 07, 2011 Rose May rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-plus, arc
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf ( A big thank you to Donna for sending me this book for honest reviewing@

Jace Willows and Anna Morelli shared a special relationship when they were teens and even children, but after Anna married her father's first choice they grew apart. Now Anna is a rich widow with two kids (Matteo and Aurelia) and Jace is the bachelor owner of a successful winery called Two Willows Wi
4 Star Contemporary Romance of the Feel Good Kind

Jace Willow, now owner of the Two Willows Winery grew up dirt poor with two parents who had always struggled to make ends meet and to provide for him the best they could. When Jace’s father is hired by the rich Italian Roberto Morelli to look after his stables, Jace lives vicariously through his children Alex and Anna Morelli who live a life of luxury that Jace can only dream about. Roberto had always made Jace feel that he would never be good e
Blackravens Reviews
Lena’s Review:

Anna Morelli has lived a life of What If’s and is tired of it. She thought she’d found love in Jace, but like everything else in her life it was a lie. Or so she thought. Now out of a marriage she thought was the right choice at the time, she runs back to the only man she’s ever truly loved, Jace.

Anna is no longer the young, naïve girl that Jace fell in love with years ago and seeing her again has taken his breath away by rekindling old feelings that he thought had been buried deep
Aug 31, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
A very sweet and nice romance novel.

Normally, I am more the YA-reader, but from time to time I find myself enjoying adult romance novels as well. This novel was well written. I liked the setting, and ut was descriped so well that I could picture Two Willows in my head perfectly.
Also, I liked the characters. But the novel was abit short, I would have loved to read a few flashbacks into the time of youth of Anna and Jace, the carefree-ness they had, as well as a few earlier talks they had. It was
Lisa Filipe
Sep 21, 2011 Lisa Filipe rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love a reuion love story
Recommended to Lisa by: ACR Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads, acr
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I had the honor of winning an Advanced Readers Copy of Breathe by Donna Alward. I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of Reunion/Lost Love Romances. The author can normally have me bawling my eyes out half way through the book with the Heart wrenching stories of why things didn't work out for these Two People. And Breathe by Donna Alward was no different.

Our heroine Anna Morelli has lost her husband and cant stand the looks of pity she faces everyday. So she es
Siren's Song
Aug 21, 2011 Siren's Song rated it it was amazing
I loved the hero – who was sweet, tender, dark, and soulful. Anna was just as good, and I liked reading about her princess-like past and comparing her old self to her fierce mama-warrior nature in the present. I liked watching her struggle, even as I felt immense empathy for her and her situation. What is it like, Alward asks us, to have everything you want in life except for the things you most crave – approval and love?

The dialogue felt a bit flat to me at times, as though I understood what A
Nas Dean
Aug 22, 2011 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BREATHE by author Donna Alward is the spellbinding story of Anna Morelli and what she does after her husband dies. After all she has two small children now.

Will it do any good to take them to Jace Willow’s vineyard? But Jace is her childhood ally and yes, the biggest mistake she made in her life. She told herself, that she’ll just hide out till she had regrouped and able to face the future again.

Jace had major issues with Anna and he’s not happy to find her on his doorstep. With two young kids
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Breathe is truly a lovers reunited romance. It's a great read, Breathe is an emotional story about a widow with regrets, two adorable kids, and a man filled with resentment and hatred. My heart literally hurt for Anna and Jace because of all they went through.

I loved the ending and the fact that the story was wrapped up with an excellant epilogue was great.

This was the first time I've read this author, I will be checking out more. I am going to research
A really great story from beginning to end. A second chance romance about devastating loss and a returning home of the heart.
Jul 26, 2011 Divina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Another difficult book to review since I had such high expectations. I enjoy second-chance-at-romance stories and sort through the what, whys and hows in what went wrong in the relationship in the first go round. Usually the background is given and the characters have had years and some maturing, especially when they began as "young lovers." Breathe had the potential, but unfortunately 2/3 of the book was repetitious on the characters' history and didn't have enough "meat" for me to get attached
Oct 24, 2015 Mona rated it it was amazing
Breathe was amaizing. It was beautiful.
You see Jace Willow owns Two Willows Vineyard..he has made something of himself.
He's proud of what he has accomplished...The only thing he regrets is he lost the only girl her ever loved.
But when she shows up on his doorstep with her two children he doesn't know what to do..

Anna Morelli made a mistake and now is paying for it..She's a widow with two children and has run to get away from her family..She doesn't know what to expect from Jace. The only thin
The BookWhisperer
Feb 12, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it liked it
Breathe is a story about love and loss. As a young couple their love was a failure, but now after years of heartache and regret Anna finds herself at his doorstep once more. Years have changed them in more ways than one, and the baggage that Anna brings may just be more than Jace can handle. Never having married his is quite used to his bachelor lifestyle, but children have a funny way of leaving their mark when we least expect it. With their mountain of history that has left them both with aggr ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Lyra rated it liked it
I'm a bit all over the place on how I feel about this book. It's probably more of a 3.5. I liked the story and it's beautifully written, but I wanted to slap these characters and tell them to wake up and smell the coffee because after all the mouthwatering descriptions of wine, coffee was in order. Neither the hero, Jace, nor the Heroine, Anna could be called to stupid to live, but they were both so stubborn. If you like stubborn characters and second chance love stories, you'll enjoy this one.
Apr 07, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book overall. I love Italian culture/language and the throw-in of the wine business made it even better.

The back-story of Anna and Jace was very intriguing and catching, however I think I would have liked a little bit more explanation of some things like when their friendship had turned into the secret relationship they cherished so much.

I would definitely reccomend this book to people who want a quick, emotional read on their hands :)
A story about second chances with the one that got away. Anna and Jace were young when they lost each other, but now that time has past they are can fix that. This was a very predictable read for me. Not unpleasant, but just not drop everything so I can read it pleasant.
Jun 25, 2012 AJC rated it did not like it
Very typical romance story. No surprises. Cute book. Quick read. Towards the middle of the book. I could not wait for it to end.
Aug 31, 2013 Cici rated it liked it
A very interesting story. Full of lost love and life.
M.G. Braden
Jun 04, 2012 M.G. Braden rated it liked it
Wish I could give half stars 3.5
Oct 01, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: betrayal
Read this awhile ago, but a really good story.
May 03, 2012 Alison added it
I always enjoy a "reunion romance" and Donna Alward did not disappoint with Breathe.
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While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and ...more
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