Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Jesse Lachlin is cursed. 

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

My Thoughts:  Every book I've ever read by Katie McGarry has been breathtaking!  So this book was adequately titled.  
Both Jesse and Scarlett are harboring some big demons.  Things that keep them isolated and from developing real connections with others.  That's when the universe or divine intervention decides it's time their paths cross and things change.  
I have always loved how Katie writes about such serious subjects with gentleness and validity.  It's so easy to relate to her characters.  The complexity of each character gives them such depth and pragmatism.  Jesse has lost the two people he loves most; one by choice and one by death.  Now he has to decide if  he's inherited his family's curse or if he can break the cycle and become more than the Lachlin name.  Scarlett has seen her hero fall from grace.  Her father, the one man who controls her universe is now the one man she doesn't trust.  
I loved how Jesse and Scarlett put aside damaged feelings to help each other.  
Readers who are familiar with McGarry's books will not be disappointed!  If you haven't read any of her books add them to your TBR list right away!  

Suitable for readers 15 & up.  Mild to moderate violence and adult situations.

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