Title: Heart on a Chain
Author: Cindy C. Bennett
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Synopsis: 17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns.
Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him.
Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her – for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her?
Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?
My Review: I’ll start by saying WOW, this is an amazing read! This is truly a roller coaster of a book. You never know where the story line is going. There is absolutely nothing predictable about it. Also, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows. Although admittedly, I spent most of the book crying. It was also so romantic and I loved watching their love form and evolve.
The book was truly impossible to put down. There is something about the book that is so relatable, especially when it comes to the main character. Bennett also does a great job portraying Kate, the main character as a victim. I was truly impressed by the depth of it. Bennett then does a great job with her characters development and with Kate’s transformation.
Those of you who read the synopsis know that Kate is abused and I’ll tell you that it is raw and really hard to stomach. Kate is a great narrator and it is so easy to see and feel what she feels and that’s what makes reading this kind of tough. Experiencing her fear; it is something palpable that consumes the reader. But on the other hand, when the bond starts to develop between Henry and Kate it is absolutely, heartwarmingly romantic.
As previously warned, if you read this book be prepared to shed tears, smile and fall in love. It is suspenseful, captivating, romantic and not a book you’ll regret picking up.