Beside Your Heart is about high schooler Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British tabloids. Now back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful. involved with a an aristocratic family background. Mow havinga career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life. There’d been a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together or the year of her sister’s death being that they are one in the same. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through coming of age. But what happens next…
I had the opportunity to read “Beside Your Heart” as an ARC. I started reading this book Friday and finished it the same day. With major issues going on in my state with fires, Mary’s book being so very emotional, I was able to read and get so into the story and even release some tears which was very cathartic to what was going on in real life as well as in “Beside Your Heart.” Nicki and Adam are the main characters and their story is perfectly precious. It has a heart aching backstory, with the death of one of there family members. Mary writes past and present perfectly. With a prologue in present tense, leading to the ending with the what could be, the balancing was remarkable and most definitely makes you want more and there surely could be as well as sub-storylines for potentially more books. She left us hanging just right that she could continue but doesn’t have to. But I can say, I want More and SOON. LOL. The story is perfectly what High School love is; with young lover, ignorance to true feelings, anguish and heartache, all things you remember from your own time there. Loss of life is a huge impact of this story and dealing with death and even guilt of living. Nicki is a young Texas girl that has had an enormous loss of her younger sister in a car accident that she managed to survive. Adam is a student from England for the year.
Mary encompasses everything, current girls, friendship, how you really feel, why you feel so strong, how we have only so much time, first sexual experience; it’s just rounded perfectly.
I read this in one day and just adored it. Well done Mary I so look forward to more of your stories.