Friday, 13 April 2018

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.

She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .
Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father.
Have her friends left her behind?
And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

Then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.

This is the second book I've read by Stephanie Butland and I enjoyed it. There's no crime involved,no great mystery,no violence, it's a story of a girl coming to terms with life after a heart transplant.

I took to Ailsa straightaway. She has been cared for her whole life by her mum who's a single parent. Every day of her life has been monitored because of her serious heart condition. She's never lived alone, had a job or been able to plan for the future. We go on the journey with her as she makes a new life for herself. 
After her heart transplant she has learn to trust her decisions instead of running them past people who read her online blog. 
There is a lovely love interest in the shape of a Hollywood actor who Ailsa slowly learns to trust.

As Ailsa has lots of new experiences she has to have them without her best friend beside her because for some people a transplant never comes.
This story is set in Edinburgh and the only annoying part of the book is Ailsa's mother's Scottish accent. I didn't really see the need for it when her daughter didn't speak like that. 
A nice read and I'd definitely read another of Stephanie's books.

On sale in paperback and kindle from tomorrow 14thApril

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