Review: Breeze of Life by Kirsty Dallas
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
Originally published over a decade ago, Breeze of Life has just been relaunched by its author, Kirsty Dallas, with a new cover and a bit of reworking in terms of editing and additional chapters done to it. This novel is my second read from Dallas, and the blurb certainly caught my attention, and I was curious to see how the main characters would handle the reality of one of them having cancer in the midst of them finally accepting that they've been in love with each other for years and what sort of ending the book would have.
Living with a cancer diagnosis has changed Breeze Delaney. She's a shell of the young woman she once was. and she's barely shared what she's going through with anyone. So when her best friend, Harper Somerville, unexpectedly returns to the apartment he owns and she lives in, it's clear that he's found out what she's been keeping from him and he isn't one bit happy about the secrecy. Things have been different since he kissed her months ago; now, he's insisting on a road trip--just the two of them and everything left unsaid.
It's been more than a day since I read this book, and I'm still stuck on how to properly review and rate this standalone. For a subject as sensitive as cancer, I was expecting Breeze and Harper's story to evoke more emotion from me. Instead, I couldn't help but note how they come off as more like teenagers than two adults in their mid-twenties. There was also more telling rather than showing. A bright spot is a supporting character named Mia. Alas, Breeze of Life felt more like a stiff breeze and lacked exactly that--life. It gets 2.5 stars.
Re-Release Date: 19 September 2023
Date Read: 17 September 2023
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