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A Heart of Time

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  528 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
“Time of death...” the doctor said.

I won’t forget that moment I looked over at Ellie—the paleness of her once rosy cheeks, the blue hue coating her perfect lips—the woman I had been with since we were five years old. My wife. My best friend...and the mother to our newborn baby girl.

You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her. She gave me her forever
Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 18th 2016 by MadHat Books
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TITLE: A Heart of Time
AUTHOR: Shari J. Ryan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18th 2016

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This will be my first time reading something by this author so I'm keen to see what kind of journey she takes me on.

A HEART OF TIME: Starts us off in the Prologue, Ellie & Hunter are getting ready to graduate high school, carving their names on an old tree.

“I am so in love wit
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
May 01, 2016 Yvette (Booksandbandanas) rated it really liked it
This story is gut wrenching.

The first chapter will tear your heart to pieces.

There are many characters you will meet and I can say for myself, I loved them all. They all brought such different levels of love and connection to this beautiful story.

You meet Ellie and Hunter in chapter 1. His wife goes into labor and has their beautiful daughter Olive. Elise, has been keeping a secret you will have to read for yourself but, what should have been the most beautiful day ends up being the day the do
May 28, 2016 Leonor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This guy was a mess first he was still in love with the dead wife. After 5 years I would think he already moved on but no he meets Charlotte and he starts to date her he finds out that his wife gave her heart to another woman named Ari she started writing him letters he falls in love with her or at least he thinks he's in love with her since she has his wife heart Charlotte breaks up with him when she finds out that he's seeing this ow behind her back she tells him that he needs to think what is ...more
Shari Ryan
Apr 21, 2016 Shari Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just sharing a quote as I do my last read through..

"Life is not one straight highway; sometimes it’s an offbeat path with no direction, no signs, no warnings, and often with no apparent reason. It is rarely traveled on because there is no conclusive outcome and no defined ending until a person arrives there." - A Heart of Time
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May 06, 2016 Layla| Words we love by rated it it was amazing
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5 beautiful and emotional stars
I was lucky to have received an arc through sassy savvy book talk and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to have loved this amazing journey and discovered this beautiful talented author.

This book is now up there with those books that live their mark into your readers soul because of their genuine heartfelt reality. This book is raw and heartbreaking and sad . My heart ached for hunter . I could feel his sadness flooding out of the pages . His pain and
Rebecca Clark
May 01, 2016 Rebecca Clark rated it it was amazing
I’m already a fan of Shari Ryan’s work. I’ve been a faithful reader since I picked up her Schasm series a few years ago. With that said this book took hold of me. I found myself (like many others) doing the ugly cry. The beginning of the book was so powerful and exhausting. There was no way I could put it down. My favorite character was Olive a girl wise beyond her years. She added depth to the characters around her as well as softened some of the characters that needed a little extra TLC. I am ...more
Wil Loves Books!
I’m pretty torn about this book and pretty torn about writing this review because once again I find myself on the unpopular opinion side. Since the moment I read the blurb, I wanted to read it. And for the first 75% or so, I was loving the heck out of the book, then it just tanked for me. I didn’t like the direction it took and although I did like the end result, I can’t get over how it went down. So, I can definitely say that the first 75% were close to a 5 star read, but the last 25% were just ...more
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May 13, 2016 Jo *Reading Is My Bliss* rated it really liked it
I currently seem to be drawn to stories that emotionally rip me apart and this story definitely falls into that category. I mean, I was crying just reading the prologue for goodness sake! However, once I got through that initial heartbreak I managed to pull myself together. Enough about me though, let's talk about this story.

Hunter and Ellie have been in love as long as they can remember, from the moment Hunter held her hand and helped her onto the school bus at five years old they have been ins
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Title: A Heart of Time
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Category: Drama, Romance
Characters: 4
Plot: 3.75
Scorching Level: 3
HEA: Not telling

When I first read the blurb for this I was immediately intrigued. This is a story about loss, hope, family and love.
Hunter Cole is trying to raise his daughter alone after his wife's tragic death. Little Olive is the one thing that keeps him strong. When they move and Olive finally
Apr 13, 2016 Alissa rated it it was amazing
"Our hearts determine our paths, the distances we'll go, the direction, and the length of our stay."

I just finished this book and my heart is so full! You will read this book and reflect on your own life along the way, the choices you make and the relationships you keep. This story was so refreshing - yes it was sad at times, but the author's words have a way of taking you down to rock bottom, and then slowly healing you and putting you back together on the way up during Hunter's journey. I read
Three Chicks
May 17, 2016 Three Chicks rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

When I first read the blurb for this book I knew that it was something I just had to read. I also knew that it was going to be a very emotional journey, one filled with many tears and lumps in my throat. The first moment in this book is the most powerful one and the most heart breaking one of all. It is the moment that you read about in the blurb when the love of Hunter’s life is suddenly taken from him. It is the moment that you know just how emotional this story wi
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Review: Surj 4.5 Stars

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If there was ever a book I could see being turned into a movie, it's definitely Shari J Ryan's "A Heart of Time." Think Nicolas Sparks and honestly, you won't be far off the wealth of emotions you'd experience whilst reading Hunter's story. I can just imagine the whole cinema a sniffling, blubbering mess one minute and breaking out into f
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The book started off on a rather sad and depressing note but it was quickly forgotten upon learning what a great dad Hunter has become.
Hunter however struggled to get over Ellie's death - even after five years, but that quickly changed when Charlotte came into the picture. To me, their relationship lacked of emotion and feelings, which is more or less the mystery woman's fault. She carried Ellie's heart and it didn't help that
May 04, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Chapter one of this book shattered me and ripped my heart out and stomped it. And I loved every min of it. Shari J Ryan is a seriously talented author who can legit suck you into her worlds and make you never want to leave. This is my 3rd book of hers that I have read and I have loved each one. I received this arc in exchange for an honest review and when I tell you this book was amazing I mean it. Thank you Shari for letting me read this.
May 02, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Did you read that blurb? OMG!!!! My heart hurt just reading those words.

A Heart of Time is the story of a man losing his heart when the one belonging to only woman he’s ever loved stops.... or does it?

Hunter has made it through five years after his wife died in childbirth, Ellie was the woman he fell in love with as a teenager and his best friend since they were five. Until Olive, their daughter, Ellie was his reason for living.

Moving to a new town, gearing up to send his baby off to her first
Apr 19, 2016 Betul rated it really liked it
**Received ARC in exchange for an honest review**


"Our hearts determine our paths, the distances we'll go, the direction, and the length of our stay."

This is the first book I read by Shari J. Ryan. I read the blurb and it piqued my interest. This book is about Hunter who loses his wife during child birth. It was such an emotional scene to read how Hunter handled this heartbreaking moment. Hunter and his wife Ellie met on the first day of kindergarten when they were five, were best friends until h
Emily Goodman
Apr 29, 2016 Emily Goodman rated it it was amazing
There are so many thoughts I’ve had on this book since reading it two days ago, I still struggle to write down my best words to capture the heart and emotion that is within the pages of this book. A Heart of Time by Shari Ryan is one of those books that just gobbles your soul right up. It’s screen worthy, a must have read that will take you on a journey of both mended and broken hearts.

In A Heart of Time, Ryan gives us the story of a young widowed single father and his beautiful daughter Olive.
May 17, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
Yes, I read it all.
Yes, I got through it. (Although it was tough.)
No, I didn't really care for it.

I think the only character in the novel who wasn't fucked up was Charlotte. The other ones, Hunt, Ari, even AJ & Don were all beyond fucked up. I could barely stand to read it, let alone finish it.

Hunt had a good thing with Charlotte, then because he's mentally unstable because of guilt, the secrets and lies, the fact he lost his wife, he goes after the chick (Ari) who got his wife's donated hea
May 11, 2016 Renee rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Hunter and Ellie met on their first day of kindergarten. They grew up best friends, fell in love, and got married. So excited for the birth of their first child, a daughter. Hunter never saw his life changing in the blink of an eye. Ellie was hiding secrets. Huge secrets that she didn't share with Hunter. She's gone now and someone else is carrying her heart because that's what Ellie wanted.

A Heart Of
May 16, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This story is a story of sheer beauty. I have never read anything by this author before but I was intrigued by its title, and its cover. I knew nothing about it going in, and I'm glad. The story will have you feel everything you will be colored in emotion happiness, sadness ,,, Everyone in this novel is a likable character you feel for all of them. Heart of time is the story about love, grief, friendship and moving on, you'll feel Hunter's anxiety, Charlottes confusion, Aj's quick temper, and Ol ...more
Melissa Jones
May 20, 2016 Melissa Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Heart of Time is a heartfelt journey of true love, devastating loss, tremendous heartache, overwhelming guilt, new beginnings, and secret revelations that gradually heal the heart and soul. There is no way of setting a time limit on grieving, on moving on from any love, especially a love that is built and grown from childhood to the love of your life. Sometimes your fortunate to find others that will help you find the healing you need and open your heart to love again.

"Life is
Phyllis Smith
May 13, 2016 Phyllis Smith rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! It grabs your heart right away and never lets go. I enjoyed walking through Hunter's story feeling his love, his pain and his true happiness.
I didn't have an ugly cry, but I had moments of sadness. My heart would fall to pieces and then it would be glued back together with Hunter and his little girl Olive. This book gives us heartache, undying love, an unexpected connection, family, and new beginnings.
The characters are believable. The development of the story was easy and
Pauline (Passionate About Books)
Robert Frost always knew what he was talking about!
How does one recover after losing his beloved wife right after giving birth to their baby daughter? A very special story which touches your heart from the very beginning... making you eager to keep on reading in order to discover what secrets lie ahead. A very intricate web is spun around the lives of these characters... leaving the reader's mouth agape with every revelation. A very sensitive topic which will play with your heart-strings on ever
Anna Lamonica
Jun 22, 2016 Anna Lamonica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very emotional journey of a man who lost his life long best friend ,and wife ,while she was delivering there child ,then he finds out she is a organ donor , she gave her heart to a young woman ,,, a year later he started to receive letters from the woman who received her heart ,He stays in a fog for 5 years ,till his daughter start pre k and he meets a single mom at the bus stop and he starts to feel again but he finds out his brother was seeing the single mom ,a while back, on top
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4 to 4.5 Solid Stars.

This book was well written. The author was able to incorporate both past and present seamlessly. Hunter was such a great dad. I could feel what he was going through. Ellie, oh Ellie, the decisions she made IMO was both selfless and selfish. I understand though, I really did. Ari, aww, Ari...sigh. Charlotte, I admired how she handled things. She was upfront about her feelings and what she wanted. Olive, she just stole the sho
Jul 04, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Wowsers, what an emotional story. I couldn't put this down. It was a serious tear jerker - it had light hearted moments,super cute, but overall a fairly heavy book with a twist.
Jun 22, 2016 Mistie rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! If you need a good ugly cry book this is definitely a good one! I don't write reviews that recap the whole story. Just know you will fall in love with these characters and cry your eyes out!
Josephine Brierley
May 08, 2016 Josephine Brierley rated it it was amazing
A lovely story.
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review ***

I am not a fan of the Heart breaking, Ugly Cry book genre, in fact I only have ever read them by mistake... and Ms Ryan has now joined Ms Lesley Jones as being the second author to completely break my heart... But she gets a gold star for putting me slowly back together in one book, which Ms Jones had to do by writing another that I had to wait for... SO THANK YOU Ms RYAN for not m
Oct 14, 2016 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unlimited-kindle
Great book!
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Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

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“Remember this as you go through life: sometimes we have choices and other times we don’t. It’s the times that we do when you should always consider the path that might be less traveled by—it might just make all of the difference.” 1 likes
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