THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART by Lurlene McDaniel

THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART

Age Range: 16 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Her heart problem is the least of the issues standing between Kenzie and love.

Kenzie Caine grew up as the pampered, privileged daughter of a well-known breeder of Tennessee walking horses. When she discovered her father and his trainer were abusing their horses to enhance their performance, Kenzie turned her back on her family—making her feel doubly guilty over the suicide of her younger sister due to bullying. Now, in the summer after her sophomore year of college, she’s working on a horse farm, rehabilitating rescue horses. Despite her heart condition, the result of a childhood bout with Kawasaki disease, she is fit and physically capable. Enter Austin Boyd, kicking off a series of clichéd moments and statements like “Fire from Kenzie was better than ice.” Kenzie struggles to let Austin in, afraid to risk her heart. She has a plan for her life—to become an equine veterinarian, not to fall in love. Yet her feelings for Austin keep growing stronger. Will learning the secrets Austin has been hiding make Kenzie put her walls back up? The trite romantic trappings aren’t helped by stilted prose that contains reams of exposition. Neither Austin nor Kenzie is a distinct character, due in large part to the frequent and clumsy point-of-view shifts. All characters appear to be white and living lives of privilege.

Put this one out to pasture. (Inspirational romance. 16-adult)

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5247-1948-7
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2018




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