"This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.
One girl's story of unspeakable cruelty, life-changing love, and her precarious grasp of hope, Reason to Breathe is the first installment in the acclaimed Breathing Series.
©2013 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Janine on 11-01-14

Haunting - a must-read

A beautifully written heartbreaking story about a young woman fighting for her life.

It's one of those stories that will have you sobbing uncontrollably. You'll want to read book 2 but you'll also want to walk away from the gut wrenching ache.

There are so many books out there that have the potential to be great but the author isn't talented enough to raise it from the herd. This isn't one of them. The writing is superb - good enough to be considered a classic. Abuse is always tragic and Rebecca Donovan deals head on, no flinching. This novel should be a set work for high school kids.

The narrator is... There aren't enough superlatives. Kate Rudd is the perfect voice for this story. Very, very good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 19-07-15

Brilliant book

Really gripping story, couldn't stop listening! Just downloaded book two!
The story was really interesting with lots of twists and turns and I can't wait to listen to book 2

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tonya on 17-07-13

Such a great story

If you could sum up Reason to Breathe in three words, what would they be?

Emotional, Romantic, Courageous

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reason to Breathe?

The very end. I don't want to spoil.

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

Both Evan and Emma were great, but I love Evan's devotion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Evan just holding her even when he didn't fully understand.

Any additional comments?

This is just an emotional journey but I loved every minute of it.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy Devault on 01-08-13


What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

She did a great job with all the characters however she did an exceptional job conveying Carol's hatred and dissension towards Emma.

Any additional comments?

Wow! This is a very intense angst filled story. Be prepared to feel an array of emotions. I was totally emotionally drained by the end. The story contained true to life descriptions of what each character was feeling at the time. I could feel every single emotion! Truely a great story! Can't wait to read the next book.

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