Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 


She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.
I've read a couple of Whitney's books and have quickly become a fan. With The Weight of Life, the title alone caught my attention and I knew that it would be an emotional ride. Here's the catch...I'm not sure if I missed it somewhere but until I received my ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) I didn't realize TWoL Mila was the same Mila from Whitney's Bleeding Hearts duet. This, to me, was important for two reasons. The first is that I think for anyone who hasn't read the Bleeding Hearts duet there are some major spoilers in TWoL. From the cover and blurb of TWoL I never would have guessed it was a spinoff or part of that series. The second thing is that in BH I was not a fan of Mila, for reasons I can't say because they would spoil her story. There is a part of me that wished I knew it was her book, but then was glad I didn't because I may not have read it, had I known. I'll be honest, because I'm not Mila's biggest fan, I struggled through part of TWoL, I even considered stopping. But knowing Mila's history and then the allure of the broody and charming Ames, I couldn't put TWoL down. There was something very beautiful in experiencing Mila and Ames coming together. They shared similar past experiences but the way they dealt with those events and how they shaped the choices they make are very different. There was something very complimentary about Mila and Ames that made you want to watch their "happily ever after" unfold. I'm glad that I didn't give up on TWoL. I would have missed out on a wonderfully heartwarming story about love, loss, healing and reaching for your dreams.

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