Life. Death. And...Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
Elizabeth Scott has done it again. Heartbeat is beautiful and fantastic in every way. Emma’s story is unforgettable. Though Emma is dealt a really bad hand, she is an incredibly strong character. Though she had her weak moments, she was never a weak person. At times I think Emma was a bit too hard on her stepdad, but I ultimately understand why she acted the way she did. Scott does a wonderful job of illustrating each character’s views. So even if you don’t agree with how they act, you can always understand where they’re coming from. Caleb is a lovely character. I loved all of the scenes between him and Emma. Their relationship was strong, in a healthy way.
Usually Elizabeth Scott’s books are either super adorable with a killer romance, or super serious. Heartbeat, however, is a nice medium between the two. It triggered my emotions (or, you know, tears), while also making me curl up with delight at the chemistry between Emma and Caleb. The romance provided relief to the more serious happenings in the book, and the two aspects balanced out really well.
Heartbeat will most definitely tug at your heartstrings. Emma and her family go through a tremendous journey that isn’t easily forgotten. Elizabeth Scott has once again written a novel that you won’t be able to forget. Her writing is beautiful and haunting. Heartbeat is one of my favorite Elizabeth Scott novels.
FTC- Received for review via Netgalley.