Second Hand Heart: Catherine Ryan Hyde
By the best-selling author of Don´t Let Me Go and Pay It Forward, Second Hand Heart is a devastating and unexpected story of love and loss--of learning to live for the first time and learning to live all over again. Vida is only 19, but she knows a lot about dying. Her weak heart has kept her on the edge of death her whole life. It hasn´t been much of a life. Thanks to her overprotective mother, Vida´s only friend is Esther, an elderly Holocaust survivor who lives upstairs. Vida´s heart is finally about to give out unless she can get a donor heart in time. Richard is 36 and blissfully married until he gets the call that his beloved wife has died in a car accident. His world falls to pieces. When Richard is invited to the hospital to meet the young woman who received his wife´s donor heart, he goes, even though he´s entirely not ready for it. Vida takes one look at Richard and feels she´s known and loved him all her life. Richard is horrified by her reaction and thinks Vida is just a sheltered and confused young woman. As Vida and Richard struggle to define themselves in circumstances neither ever thought they´d face, both begin to wonder if it´s possible that cellular memory, the idea that memories can be stored in individual cells, might actually be real. Could Vida´s heart retain some of the love Richard´s wife felt? Can a heart remember, at least for a time, on its own? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Khristine Hvam, Anthony Bowden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021978/bk_adbl_021978_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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