Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters
Published by Loveswept on November 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.
He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.
Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Corin is a 25 year old hypochondriac with an unhealthy obsession with her health and imminent death. She just knows it’s coming, even when her doctors can’t actually find anything wrong with her physically.
She lost both her parents to illness, one after the other before her 18th birthday, and she hasn’t really been able to deal with it. Her older sister, off at college was never there during this difficult time so they don’t have much of a relationship (or any for that matter).
She opened a pottery shop and studio fresh out of high school with her one friend, Adam. Pretty much all she does is work, go to doctor appointments and to different support groups for the chronically ill, depending on what illness she thinks is about to take her life at the time.
When we meet her, Corin is sure her heart is the problem, and she starts to go to a new group called Mended Hearts. She meets Beck, a guy who a couple of days ago had helped her while she was having a panic attack on the street.
Beckett was a healthy, sporty jock kind of guy. He went running every day, did marathons, went bungee jumping and paragliding on the weekends when he wasn’t partying with his friends and girlfriend… that is until one morning he went running and died.
He suffered from cardiac arrest and was clinically dead for a couple of minutes, he obviously isn’t dead anymore as this is not a zombie story, but he most certainly had to make some changes to his lifestyle, starting by accepting his heart could fail at any moment.
For some unfathomable reason he is enchanted by the apparently rude, awkward girl who blurts everything she’s thinking without a filter.
Corin at first is annoyed by Becket, he is just too perky for someone with a life threatening condition, and she can’t understand how he can be that way.
As they start to spend time together, both will find in the other exactly what they needed. Now this is a very slow building relationship, it takes them quite some time to get romantically involved but their interactions were funny, quirky and sweet from the very beginning.
Becket was perfect. He was dealing with a very difficult issue but wouldn’t let pessimism take him down. When he decided that Corin was the one he wanted he went there with single minded tenacity.
As for Corin, I had a bit more of a hard time liking and connecting to. I understand she suffered from severe anxiety and her mind was constantly against her, but at some point it was like she didn’t want to get better, even when her doctors were giving her clean bills of health and telling her that maybe her anxiety was the root of her issues. She would just refuse on principle, she just knew there was something wrong. I confess this was most frustrating and at times downright annoying.
Fortunately Beckett’s influence starts rubbing on her and we start to see a small but steady change in her. But what happens when you fall in love with a guy whose heart can stop at any moment? And is really a girl so marked by the traumas in her past the best thing for a guy who should be focusing on himself and getting better?
Do they stand a chance against all the odds stacked against them?
I liked how the author dealt with all the hard topics surrounding this story. I really enjoyed watching both Becket and Corin start to really enjoy living and found Butterfly Dreams a very engaging read.
What I didn’t enjoy? The way Ms. Walters dealt with the ending and subsequent epilogue, I felt was unnecessarily angsty, but again, it didn’t really bother me that much.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 heart-stopping Stars (was that too much?)
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