When I was in Tucson for the Book Festival two weeks ago, I sat next to the gifted Seattle author Amy Hatvany on a panel, and every time she spoke–I either nodded, yes, yes, that’s me, or I teared up! I so connected with Amy and was really moved and inspired by her as a person, and a writer, and I wanted you all to meet her, too.
Amy has a new book out right now, Heart Like Mine, and I was lucky to be able to get an advanced copy at the Tucson Festival. I started reading Heart Like Mine in my Tucson hotel room and couldn’t put it down. I loved it. Here’s the blurb:
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.
But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.
Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.
Have you ever read Amy before? Do you have a favorite Amy Hatvany novel? She’s really talented–a wonderful writer–and if you haven’t read her yet, start with her new novel, out now, Heart Like Mine.
Post a comment below, letting me know if you’ve read Amy before, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany, a Starbucks drink card, a B&N gift card, Seattle chocolates and other wonderful goodies, too. The Heart Like Mine contest runs through Saturday night with the winner announced Sunday morning.
PS. And I would be totally remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Jane Green’s brand new novel, Family Pictures, which came out yesterday and is in my opinion, maybe her best yet. Really love it. Am halfway through it and it’s fantastic. If you love Jane Green, rush out and buy her new one today!!