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  • A Life in Transition

    I am so glad that I waited until my heart was ready to listen/read this. I knew going in that it would be an emotional ride and not like the author's previous 2 books, but I still wasn't fully prepared for the heartache I encountered. The Heart Principle is a beautifully written novel about love, family, and living your truth. I do not consider it a romance, but there is a romantic subplot. Anna's journey is bittersweet, but it's ultimately a hopeful and uplifting one. I loved how Quan truly saw and accepted her exactly the way that she was. It's a beautiful thing to be truly seen. Quan has his own powerful emotional journey in the book, and I would have loved to see more development with his character, but I understand that the heart of this story was Anna's. I was particularly struck by the guilt associated with familial responsibility and caregiver burnout that Anna experienced. How the relationships that should be the most supportive in our lives can actually be oppressive. I appreciated that Helen Hoang didn't shy away from the hard topics and that she didn't tie everything up with a bow. Relationships and feelings are complicated, and I think Helen Hoang did an excellent job showcasing that. I did feel that the last portion of the book felt a bit rushed and there was a lot to unpack in those final chapters, but this is a book that will stay with me. I was completely blown away by Natalie Naudus's performance. She captured so much feeling and vulnerability in her performance. The quaver of her voice pulled on my heartstrings, and I was completely consumed by this audiobook. Brian Nishii took me a bit to warm up to, but he also gave an incredible performance and I ended up loving him as Quan. I wish that the author's note would have been included in the audio version because it adds another layer to this powerful semi-autobiographical novel. Audiobook Review Overall 5 stars Performance 5+ stars Story 4.5 stars CW: hospitalization, long term care, and death of parent (stroke related), grief, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal ideation, cancer and related infertility, strained familial relationships, creative burnout *I read and listened to a review copy of this book*

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  • Anna & Quan

    I totally enjoyed The Heart Principle, by Helen Hoang, book three in the Kiss Quotient series. This is my first book by Hoang who took this reader on an intense emotional roller coaster, telling a tale that tugs at the heart-strings and is filled with amazing characters. There are so many sensitive issues that are realistically addressed in this book; including grief, terminal disease, cancer, caretaking, stroke, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each issue is discussed open heartedly while teaching and assisting in connecting with our own life problems and our loved ones who might have suffered or are still suffering from similar issues. There's a lot going on in this book; a lot more than a romance, though that is handled well too. Anna and Quan are lovely, kind, with vulnerabilities and suffering so real, yet the chemistry between them sizzles off the page. Anna and Quan are characters that are easy to connect with along with the problems and struggles they are dealing with. Ms. Hoang wrote an emotional, heart-wrenching, powerful, and realistic romantic story. This book is about our traumas, our family issues, being brave, liberating ourselves, taking risks, getting out of our comfort zones, destroying barriers we built, our weaknesses make us who we are, and the power of true love. I highly recommend The Heart Principle to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Two Lost Souls Find Love

    Anna Sun spends her life doing everything that others want her to do. She just can't say no. All her life she has been a little different and she has just learned how to deal with it. When violinist Anna becomes famous because of a YouTube performance, her life starts to spiral out of control. When her boyfriend of 5 years tells her he wants a temporary open relationship she is heartbroken but then ends up deciding that two can play that game! Enter Quan Diep, the sexy, tattooed, motorcycling gorgeous guy comes in! Anna wants a one-night stand with Quan but because of things from both of their pasts, it doesn't happen. When one try turns into several tries, they decide to just slow down and take things slow. For the first time in Anna's life, Quan actually "gets" her. When tragedy strikes Anna's family, it is Quan that tries to help rein Anna back in. Just when it looks like Quan and Anna will get their perfect happy ending, the past comes back to haunt them. It will take a lot of soul searching by both Anna and Quan but they will finally get their happy ever after. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang was a sweet and sexy story that was filled with a lot of emotions. I found myself laughing one minute and then crying the next. I just wanted to hug both Anna and Quan. Separately Anna and Quan were not living their lives but were just going through the motions. Once they got together, they just made sense and you couldn't help but root for them. Overall this was a really great story that had wonderful characters and was well written.

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  • yessir

    great book 10/10 would recommend it made me cry and realize stuff

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  • I CRIED AND I NEVER CRY

    As a person in the spectrum and the eldest daughter in an immigrant household I have never felt more seen

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