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The Heartbeat Hypothesis

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Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here.

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.

ebook, 323 pages
Published March 20th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Embrace
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✬✬✬ 3.5 Cheez-it Stars ✬✬✬

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

According to the Heartbeat Hypothesis every living creature has a limited number of heartbeats or breaths. Once they are used up, the creature dies. Following that thought train Audra should already be dead, being born with a heart defect. She is lucky, however. Somebody else's death gave her a second chance and she is immensely thankful for that. To show her gratitude she seeks out her donor's brother Jake to help her with her task. Re-cr

Title: The Heartbeat Hypothesis
Series: Standalone
Author: Lindsey Frydman
Release date: March 20, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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When I first picked this book up, I thought it would a fluffy, possibly steamy read. That didn't turn out to be the case at all. Don't get me wrong, it starts out more on the light and feel-good side, but quickly I realized that there was more to the story than the premise implies. Audra, our heroine, received a life saving heart transplant two
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.5 stars

Sometimes a book just kind of hits you in the gut and that is exactly what happened with The Heartbeat Hypothesis. I’m extremely impressed by new author Lindsey Frydman and this story is unique and refreshingly honest and while there was a bit more angst than I normally enjoy, with these characters it was fully warranted. Gut wrenching yet hopeful; The Heartbeat Hypothesis was an emotionally charged and complex story.

This review is going to be short because this is one of those books th

Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Audra got a desperately needed heart transplant and so she got a second chance at life. She can do things she never thought she would do. To honor the young woman whose heart Audra got, she wants to recreate the pictures she posted on a site and Audra wants the same person to take those photos. That person was that girl’s brother, Jake. Jake isn’t sure what to think about Audra idea, but eventually agrees. Audra and Jake spend some time together and feelings grow.

I liked Audra and Jake, but I di
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-copy, favorites
Audra knows she wouldn’t be here if not for the death of another young girl whose heart now beats in Audra’s chest. It’s a tough place to be in, glad to be alive but knowing someone else paid the price. Curious and wanting to pay some kind of tribute to the girl whose life was cut short, she sets out to recreate the fun pictures Emily once posted on tumblr, falling into step with Emily’s brooding, confusing, and kind brother along the way. Being alive at the expense of someone else isn’t an easy ...more
C.M. McCoy
I absolutely loved this book! Scroll down for my review, and don't miss the beautiful necklace giveaway on my blog!

Look for the AWESOME sterling silver "Follow Your Heart" Necklace giveaway on 28 Feb on my blog:

Everything I want in an aching romance!

THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is a page-turning New Adult sweet romance by debut author Lindsey Frydman. I've known this book since it was a manuscript, and I instantly fell in love with it!

Jake may or may n

Oh boy - get the tissues out ready when you read this book! It is an emotive, tear jerker and a great read.

Two years ago eighteen year old Audra Madison was the recipient of the heart of seventeen year old Emily Cavanaugh, saving her own life as Emily lost hers. She’s wanted to find out more about the girl who died and enabled her to live so has used the internet to find out more about her. She’s discovered Emily’s tumblr photos, her ‘Done-It’ list, and wants to recreate them. She contacts Jake,
Novel Grounds
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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This was one of those book that bring on all the feelings. I knew from reading the synopsis that I was going to really enjoy it, and by the time I got deep into it I was already hating myself for picking a book I KNEW would make me cry. Which it did.

This is a book about healing.

A book about seeing the potential for your future and going for it.

About living for the day and finding the meaning in the little things.

It was a story about overcoming

Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2017
4.25 STARS


**sigh** This was a super satisfying NA read for me. I read slow on purpose.... I didn't want it to end. The Heartbeat Hypothesis is refreshingly different. The writing is great and the story itself sucks you in. However, I would have liked an extended ending or at least some sort of Epilogue.
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
The Heartbeat Hypothesis is a beautiful, heartfelt story of not just love, but friendship, healing, grief and moving on after loss. Audra is the lucky recipient of a heart, and with this new heart she has decided to live her new life. She's grateful for her new heart, and wants to honor the donor of her new heart. This is where Jake comes in. Gorgeous, damaged Jake, who is not only a photographer who will help Audra honor Emily, (her heart donor), but who is also Emily's brother. Jake agrees to ...more
Dani B.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book! I was sucked in right from the first page! This story was beautiful! It was about forgiving and moving on, doing things that make you happy. And even if something bad happens, you just have to have faith that you'll make it out to the other side. 5 stars! ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is thought provoking novel by an author that is new to this reader. After reading this story, it makes you stop and think about the situations that come up when someone has someone else's heart. This is a wonderful story ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-star-2017
The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman
4.5 stars!!!

“Our hearts have been friends for a very long time.”

The Heartbeat Hypothesis is the debut book of Lindsey Frydman and what a debut. As soon as I started reading this book I clicked with the story and the voice of the author, I then had to go back and check that this was in fact a debut and that is the biggest compliment. This story just flowed with ease, I was immediately transported into this NA gem and the author held me emotio
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends

Since stars had a limited amount of hydrogen - and they needed that stuff to exist - they in turnhad a finite lifetimeof radiance. The way hearts had a finite number of heartbeats.

Never in my book worm life had I ever imagined that I would get to read a book such as this. Its autheticity and uniqueness caught me completely off guard since the first moment I started it. And may be the blurb gave me an idea what I was in for, nothing could prepare me for the great
Elizabeth Neal
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jake and Audra have never met, until today, but they're connected at the heart. I know, that doesn't seem to make any sense, but it does. Two years ago, a seventeen-year-old named Emily saved the life of a sixteen-year-old. Unfortunately, she had to die to do it. Audra can never express how truly grateful she is for the sacrifice necessary to ensure she lived, but she wants to try. Emily had a collection of photographs that chronicled things she'd done, just random pictures, and the majority wer ...more
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
“So life is about the in-between. Between the beginning and the end, between the past and the future. It’s about the now.”

What a stunning, emotional, and beautiful novel!!!! It’s literally the best debut novel I have ever read! I was quite intrigued when I read the synopsis, but nothing could have prepared me for what I read!

Audra wasn’t supposed to be enjoying her first year of college until she received a miracle…a new heart. Yet, someone else lost their life for her to live hers, and she is
Tales Of A Bookbug
This was a really great read especially for a debut novel!This book had me hooked from the blurb and I really wanted to know what was going to happen.

Audra was born with a heart defect, but due to a heart transplant she has another chance and now can do whatever she wishes.But she feels guilty about the fact that it came at the cost of another girl's life- Emily Cavanaugh.So after seeing her done-it list on the internet, Audra reaches out to Emily's brother- Jake and asks him to come along with
Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I was expecting, I’ll admit and say that I chose to review this book based shallowly on the cover and what I got was a rather deep, intense, angsty read dealing with death and grief at its core.

Audra is a college student and the recipient of a heart transplant, in dealing with her acceptance of her second chance at life she wants to learn about her donor so reaches out to the donor family and in doing so meets Jake, the brother of the donor. What follows is an intense frie
i fall in love book blog
3.5 Stars

Could you love someone that had your dead sibling's heart in them? I don't think I could, so when I read the blurb for The Heartbeat Hypothesis, I HAD to read it. This book drew me in from the first chapter and despite the way they met, I expected this to be a lighthearted romance. I was right.... kind of. At the beginning this was a mostly lighthearted book, and I enjoyed it best during the 1st half.

Right before the 50% mark, this book broke my heart. I was teary eyed and frustrated. W
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of The Heartbeat Hypothesis provided by IndieSage PR and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

"It's okay to be a glow stick; sometimes we need to break before we shine."

The heartbeat hypothesis: Every living creature had a finite number of heartbeats. If that was true, my limit was up long ago. But instead, I took someone else's heartbeats. - snippet from Audra's thoughts.

Audra never thought she would survive past high
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Heartbeat Hypothesis from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman is the author's debut novel and after reading this story I have to say that it was a great first novel. It did drag a big in the middle but what novel doesn't?(within reason)I would give the book a 4.8 stars for her first effort Jake did have issues with his parents but having finished the book he turn out to be a well adj
North of Normal Book Reviews
*Reviewed by CM McCoy for North of Normal Book Reviews

Everything I want in an aching romance!

THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is a page-turning New Adult sweet romance by debut author Lindsey Frydman. I've known this book since it was a manuscript, and I instantly fell in love with it!

Jake may or may not help Audra honor the organ donor who gave her a new lease on life. It's a tough call, since he's still grieving his beloved little sister's untimely death...and since his dead sister's heart is now be

Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book! It was everything that I love in a book - a realistic romantic timeline, a great supporting cast, surprises, and a protagonist that I loved.

What would you do if you had someone else's heart... not figuratively - you literally had a life saving heart transplant at the age of 16? Audra Madison was born with a hole in her heart - she always knew that, barring some miracle, h
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, Lindsey warned me about this book. She told me it was going to make me cry. But I, in my stupid arrogance, didn't listen. Oh, no, I scoffed, crying is for mere mortals. I don't cry at books! Boy, do I feel silly. Two weeks later, there I was, clutching the book and sobbing like someone just told Trump is going to be named Supreme Continual Ruler of the United States. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

And dammit, I hate things that make me cry. But I adored this book. The writing is beautiful, a
Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book. I figured I would like it. You probably have all noticed that I can usually find something nice about any of the books I read. This time I like the book because it was more than I thought it would be.

I thought the heart transplant would be something mention once but the story would focus on the romance. And it does focus on the romance but the heart transplant is on the main stage. It's what thread the story along. That and the girl who heart Audra has.

Emily was just as much of a cha
Dora Okeyo
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
For starters, I would like to thank Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me this arc in exchange for a honest review.

I loved reading this book.
The focus on grief, healing and a chance meeting of two people drawn together by a situation made this worth every bit of attention.
This was a DNF for me. I wish I had liked the main character more but she got on my nerves a bit and seemed a bit too childish.

4.5 Stars

Audra Madison knows she's lucky to have gotten a second chance at life when she received Emily Cavanaugh's heart. Now she's determined not to let anything stand in her way of living life to the fullest and creating memories that Emily should have been experiencing. But first she needs someone to chronicle her journey and there's no one she'd rather want by her side than Jake Cavanaugh. He's a photographer and just happens to be Emily's brother. But when secrets from the past start to u
Kristy Gillespie
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Audra Madison, a fun loving college student, seeks out the mysterious, indecisive Jake Cavanugh, her transplanted heart quickens. It's a strange sensation considering Jake's sister, Emily, was Audra's heart donor.

Audra wants to pay tribute to Emily's life by experiencing the things Emily did before she died. And she wants Jake to be the photographer. He agrees.

Other than a failed heart, Audra has had a pretty good life complete with a best friend and loving parents. Jake hasn't been so lu
Heather andrews
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Jake, like a lot, "he raised his eyebrows. “Oh yeah? I use complete words, proper punctuation, and correct grammar.” And it was kind of a dream come true. “In what way are my skills lacking?” This book was beautifully written, it takes us on an emtotional journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and learning to trust. I loved this book. ...more
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Lindsey writes about heart-stopping romance, rule-breaking heroes, and everyday magic. She lives in Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves mostly as inspiration. When she’s not crafting stories, you'll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, gaming, or performing ...more

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