Broken Dreams by Cassidy K. O’Connor Reviewed

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blurb

A twist of fate changes her life forever…
One dream put on hold to honor another…
Do second chances exist? Can dreams be reclaimed?

Twins, Isabelle and Ian are enjoying their senior year of high school with their whole lives ahead of them.
She is auditioning for Julliard and he has offers for soccer scholarships at any school he wants.
Only Isabelle knew he was planning to put off college and join the Army.
Tragedy strikes one day and Ian is killed. In her grief, Isabelle decides to put her dream on hold and honor his.
While deployed tragedy strikes again and she is injured.
Thinking her dreams of dancing again are out of reach she gives up on life. Is she strong enough to overcome her disabilities? Can the love she finds with her brothers best friend Conner be enough to help her reclaim her dreams?

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my thoughts

Brokens Dreams is a magnificent story of how trials can affect our dreams, attitude and perception in life.

I like how the characters develop through the tragedies that happened to them. The way Isabelle reacted and handled hers where normal and realistic that it is easy to relate to as you read along even if you didn’t walk the same path. There where times that I wished she could have reacted better but that just goes to show that the writer successfully stirred my emotions as a reader.

Conner the hero, was a very fine young man too. The strength with the way he handled Isabelle and the adversities they went through was admirable. For once, I don’t mind reading about new adults talking about love in a serious kind of way. And it’s because the author was able to justify that the love that develop between the two characters was valid. The tragedies they went through and surpass together made me believe that they are mature enough to know that their feelings were real and not just a passing fancy even if by age they are barely adult.

The story was smooth flowing and the transition by which the events occurred was done very well. Although in my opinion, the early chapters could have been written better. Like that scene where her brother talks about enlisting in the army. I think it was such an important part of the story that it could have made more impact if it was shown rather than told. I would have understood the emotion compelling the character (Ian) to do it if the writer showed it maybe through a dialogue and it could have relate the reader better why Isabelle needed to put that on her shoulder. The same thing can be said with that scene between the two sisters near the end.

It helped that the story was written with the point of view of both the hero and the heroine. It helped to know the character better and understand them more.

If you are looking for a read that would stir your emotions, make you reevaluate your life and it’s beauty and why it is important to treasure each day, I strongly recommend this book. It’s full of emotion and the scenes stirred to life as you go on page after page there are no boring moment in reading it.

four star

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