Reason to Breathe & Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan

Reason to Breathe
(The Breathing Series #1)
by Rebecca Donovan
(Kindle, Young Adult)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  "No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

He knows there’s something more to the girl sitting in the back of the class the moment he sees her. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and athletic – but she slips quietly through the crowded halls, trying not to exist. Determined to get to know the elusive girl, Evan soon discovers…

Emma Thomas is hiding a terrible secret.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.

Barely Breathing
(The Breathing Series #2)
by Rebecca Donovan
(Kindle, Young Adult)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  Emma’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe. Now everyone in Weslyn knows Emma’s secret, but Carol can’t hurt Emma anymore. Some are still haunted by the horror of that night, and some must face the repercussions of their choices. Fans of Rebecca Donovan’s debut novel will discover there’s still much to learn about Emma’s life.

My thoughts:  Have you ever felt so emotionally drained after reading a book?  Reason to Breath and Barley Breathing had me feeling that way.  I found it difficult to stop thinking about Emma and her story while I wasn't reading it, once I did finish both books it took me almost a week to pick up another book because I felt like I was still on that emotional rollercoaster.  Few can really understand the journey of abuse unless you've lived it or witnessed it first hand, Rebecca Donovan makes us part of  Emma's journey and helps us understand her conflicts within.

Nothing I say can accurately portray just how incredible this series is.  I'm just hoping that the third book Out of Breath leaves us with Emma finding happiness and stability that includes Evan.  


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