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Heart Like Mine

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,547 ratings  ·  481 reviews
When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, f
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Washington Square Press
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Truth be told I wasn't sure I even wanted to read Amy Hatvany's Heart Like Mine. I had nothing against the author or her work, I just wasn't entirely convinced I was ready to take something like this on. You see I've spent the better part of three decades as a member of a blended family, though I can't say my situation bears much resemblance to the Hansens. Now I know I shouldn't be making a review about me, but it would be impossible to understand where I'm coming from without this background i ...more
**First of all I would like to say this was an uncorrected ARC via Netgalley, Heart Like Mine comes out March 19th, 2013.**

Nobody is perfect, we all have our stories to tell, some are more tragic then the others. Things happen, it can break you or make you stronger. Time doesn't make the hurt go away, doesn't make you forget, it's these moments that decide how you are going to live.

Heart Like Mine is told from the pov of Grace and Ava. With Kelli's story being told weaved in between. Amy Hatvan
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book till the end. I was not satisfied with how it ended.

I really liked that we heard this story from 3 different people. Victor's ex wife, his daughter and the current women in his life. (don't want to give too much away here)

We start the story with Victor and Kelli already divorced and Victor dating. Their 2 children live with Kelli and as we read the chapter we learn a lot about Kelli's childhood, her marriage.

There are not a lot of extra characters in this book - a few
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I took a peek and read chapter 1...oh good gracious I'm going to love this book. Must hurry and finish current read!!
Judy D Collins
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Amy Hatvany has just been added to my favorite author list! I love her writing style and cannot wait to start on her other books (I have ordered them all) and will pre-order her new one “Safe with Me – coming 2014 included as a sneak peak at the end of Heart Like Mine (already has me hooked).

I am so thankful you wrote this book – I could so relate with Grace, as I was in the stepmother role (and it is not an easy task) – it makes you want to run back to your independent life without all
Jessica Jeffers
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
If you hover over the second star in the ratings system, it says "it was ok." That pretty much sums up my feelings on this one. It was ok -- not bad -- but I didn't find myself truly enjoying it.

Grace is a thirtysomething nonprofit director who has chosen to focus on her career instead of pursuing marriage and motherhood. Things change when she meets a divorced restaurateur named Victor. She falls for him, but isn't quite sure how his two children, Max and Ava, will fit into her life plan. When
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by this author and have been extremely pleased by her writing. I enjoyed the story, loved the way she got into the characters' heads, and the development of each character and the story. Hatvany writes about difficult situations and brings the complex questions to light without dismissing any of them with trite answers or shallow characterizations.

In this book, Grace is engaged to Victor, a divorced father of two children. His ex-wife is Kellie, a thin, beautifu
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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My opinion: I must admit that I became a huge fan of Amy Hatvany after reading her powerful novel Best Kept Secrets. Ms. Hatvany has a real talent for getting into the minds of her characters and offering her readers a voyeuristic view into their challenges and pains. This is clearly evident in Heart Like Mine. On that note, I must state that her story paths are pretty clear. Don't be expecting mysteries or gotchya moments. Do be expecting gut wrenching i
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Heart Like Mine is an emotional hill and valley tale. The differences in generations of family and their approach to demonstrating love leads to betrayal, shame and injured pride. This heart wrenching tale showcases the effects of wanting to be loved, wanting acceptance and the pitfalls that dysfunctional families unknowingly put on each other. With children acting the roles of adults and vice versa, a teenage secret continues to haunt this family from one fateful night beginning the betrayal. T ...more
Lisa B.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was very good. I liked the way the story unfolded from the perspective of the three females - Ava, Kelli and Grace. From Kelli’s point of view, we learn about her growing up years, her search for love and acceptance in all the wrong places, and a fateful decision made by her parents that would ultimately devastate her. From Ava, we get to see the struggles of a young girl who tries to be an adult for her struggling Mom and her battle with trying to decide if she should like Grace or not. An ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book by author, Amy Hatvany, that I read. I was immediately taken in my the characters and found myself not wanting to put the book down. Such an enjoyable read that I am now beginning to read another book by the same author.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Heart Like Mine is Amy Hatvany doing what she does best ... giving heartfelt insight into very real family issues and dynamics; you know these people, you really do.

Knowing the pain of uncovered secrets after my own mother's death and as a part-time 'stepmother' to an 11 year old I can honestly say Amy writes with a clarity and depth of understanding that makes your heart hurt but also lift.

Grace is engaged to Victor, divorced father of two children, Ava and Max. 13 year old Ava has for years
T. Greenwood
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It seems like every time I pick up one of Amy's books, I am reluctant to put it down without finishing, and there are few books I can say this about. I think this is due to a magical combination of readability (though certainly not sacrificing complexity of character) and Amy's tremendous empathy for the people who live within her pages.

Grace has never wanted children. But when she meets Victor (who has two children of his own), she reluctantly accepts the position of part-time step-mother. Howe
Kristy Cabrera
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick and easy read - the plot moves along from the beginning, as told from the voices of the three female leads in the story: Grace, newly engaged to her fiance Victor; Ava, Victor's daughter from his first marriage; and Kelli, Victor's ex-wife.

Although I do think the author presents some very realistic portrayals of close female friendships, the challenges of being a divorced and/or blended family, and the ways we try not to turn into our parents as adults, I was not in love with her writing s
Peter Giorno
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won my copy of Heart Like Mine from, and it's a brilliant, realistic story that touches the lives of so many people. An emotional, heartfelt book full of depth and understanding that should be read by everyone. Amy Hatvany is a brilliant storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of her future books.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Blurb from the publisher:

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally uns
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend you pick up a copy of your own. This was a deeply moving story about a father, his children and his fiancee, dealing with the fallout of the mother's death and the secrets she's kept hidden most of her life.

Bring tissues.

Amy Hatvany paints a realistic picture of a broken family, a father's new life and the chasms between his children and his fiancee, that opens even wider when the mother dies under mysterious circumstances. The teenage daughter Ava, one of the narrators of t
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Amy Hatvany's Heart Like Mine is a moving novel of grief, love and family. When Grace fell in love with Victor she was relieved to learn he didn't want any more children, content with the fortnightly weekend care arrangement of his children from his previous marriage. But when his ex wife, Kelli, dies suddenly, Grace is forced to make room for his shattered thirteen year old daughter, Ava, and seven year old son, Max in their lives.

Heart Like Mine unfolds through the perspectives of Grace and A
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grace has had bad luck when it came to dating men. It seems however that her luck changed when she met Victor. Victor is a gentleman. Grace is falling hard for Victor. So much that she is willing to consider settling down with him and becoming a step mom to his two children, Max and Ava. Luckily for Grace Max and Ava live with their mother, Kelli.

Grace’s world gets turned upside down when Kelli unexpectedly dies. Now Grace must quickly step up and learn to be mom.

I have never read any books by
I read this blurb and KNEW I had to read this! "When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After
Lyle Appleyard
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had received an advance copy of this book through the GoodReads Giveaway.

I felt that I was not the target audience for this novel. I believe that this was novel would be enjoyed more by women. Having said that, I believe this book can be enjoyed by all people.

This a modern story or marriage, divorce, step parents and extended family. That is something most people can relate to. In most cases, everyone has some time to adjust. In this story, the family is thrust together because of the death of
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Grace – perfectly happy in her work helping women who are victims of violence – is newly engaged and blissfully happy with Victor, a divorced restauranteur. Victor has two children – youngster Max and teenage Ami – but they live with their mother Kelli, and Grace is pleased she won’t need to be any more than a part-time stepmother. But then Kelli dies suddenly, and the lives of those who remain are turned upside down. And it turns out that there was a lot in Kelli’s early life that they didn’t k ...more
Amy Hatvany is one of the best of the contemporary women writers of today, in my humble opinion. She knows how to translate women's issues and to bring them to the forefront through believable and endearing characters, both female and male...and those of all ages. She is a chronicler of our times, I think, in her assessment of what goes on in the contemporary family and in the minds of those mothers who are dealing with them. She has her hand on the pulse of women in crises and she can tell you ...more
Joannah Keats
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebooks
This review refers to the NetGalley edition.

Amy Hatvany has managed to write a story that deals with being a mother, being a daughter, grief, separation, the bonds of family, and the tragedy of having those bonds broken from the perspective of three very different narrators - and I believed in all of it.

Ava, Grace, and Kelli are all likeable, sympathetic characters whose emotions and streams of consciousness are very relatable, even when their circumstances may not be. I find Hatvany to be very
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this story about Grace and the difficulties she faces when her fiance's ex-wife Kelli dies leaving her in the unexpected role of parent. Hatvany does a good job with Grace's character and shows the reader her strengths and her insecurities. It is an emotional story filled with tension as this family tries to recover from such a devastating loss.

Along with the death of Kelli there is the mystery of what happened to Kelli to leave her so scarred and unhappy through most of
Kimberly Shadwick
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is very emotional. Amy Hatvany did an excellent job putting on paper what was going on psychologically with her characters. This helped me to connect with the three female characters.

I enjoyed the smooth casual way the words flowed. It was a fast read that I enjoyed. The language was genuine & not forced.
Be prepared. Your emotions with be on a roller coaster while reading this book. I was still thinking about it after I finished reading the book. I started it & couldn't stop until I f
Pam Camel
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A woman who thought she never wanted children suddenly finds herself being a full time parent to her fiances children when their mother suddenly passes away. The story is just as much about Victor as it is Grace. When their world is rocked by Victor's ex-wifes sudden passing many questions are left behind. What happened? Did she kill herself? Why? Throughout the story you start to see how much Kelli depended on her children after the divorce. You also see how fragile her mental state was. Kelli ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this as a free book and I recieved it today. I was hooked by the first page and found myself relating to almost all the characters. As a woman not wanting children and then being in a relationship with a man who has a full time daughter- the confliction and doubts one feels. Ava and Max's mother is found dead and it begins to unravel that she had a "secret" past- her parents basically disowned her over it. All in all it was a very easy read - the father seemed to be absent most of the time ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put down, the story felt so real. I don’t know what to write in this review. Only that it is going to be a book that I will remember reading and I will know Grace, Ava and Kelli's story it will stay with me. Some books you will remember a long time after reading and others you can look at and think I read this book but you won’t remember a thing. Well this is a book that will stick with you for a while. It’s a beautifully written story about depression, grief, love, mother - daughter ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Hands down, Amy Hatvany is my favorite new author!
"Heart Like Mine" is another gripping and realistic work that keeps you turning the pages, needing to know what happens next. Insightful look at the pitfalls and wins of step parenting. Hatvany continues to highlight our basic humanness and insecurities, while allowing us to forgive ourselves for them and maybe even make peace with them. Will read her other books, and was happy to see a sneak peek at her next book due out in 2014...
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Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car ...more

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