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Breathe, Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Hundred Oaks, #5
published on July 15th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
contemporary | romance
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You.
Catching Jordan is a book I hold very close to my heart. Ever since the explosion of feels it brought me, I’ve been auto-reading every book Kenneally’s putting out in this series. Seriously, people. The first three books just gave me ALL THE FEELS. Book four, Racing Savannah, was a pretty huge disappointment for me. But I’m glad to say, Miranda Kenneally is back!
Breathe, Annie, Breathe features a fierce girl with a goal–a goal she’ll do anything to achieve. Annie’s determination was very admirable, and I sort of wish I could be more like her. No matter how hard she struggled, Annie pushed herself and kept her eyes on the prize. It wasn’t one of those senseless goals, either. Annie had a reason for doing what she did, and she did it for herself and for the people around her.
One thing I love about Kenneally’s books is the presence of sports. I’m definitely not a sporty girl, so I love living through these characters and feeling (somehow) how female athletes feel. While Annie was definitely no Jordan Woods (the main character from book one), she still proved her strength to push through and get past the finish line. This book made me realize that marathons are definitely not as easy as they seem. I mean, they do look really hard already, but now that I know all the training that happens before marathons… I probably won’t run one in the foreseeable future.
I love how Annie’s family is so large. She treats her dead boyfriend’s family as her own, and I adore the respect and love that they give each other. Annie had two families, and she valued them both. Of course, Annie also took her own parents’ advice and valued them.
Now, Jeremiah’s the love interest. If you’ve read Things I Can’t Forget, you’ll realize that Jeremiah’s Matt’s (oh, adorable, sweet Matt!) brother. He was supportive, kind and one of those flirty-in-an-adorable-way guys. He was always there when Annie needed a nurse, or just a supportive friend to keep her running. This one was realistic in the romance aspect–it took a while for Annie to bring down her walls and let Jeremiah in.
We also had some adorable cameos from characters in previous books. Although you can read this one as a standalone, I do suggest reading all the previous books, just to get a better feel of the supporting characters. Matt and Kate (Things I Can’t Forget) played the big roles in this story as the supportive older siblings. And damn, they were adorable together.
I guess the only reason this wasn’t a 4-5 star read for me was because of the lack of feels. Sure, I definitely shuddered, grinned and flailed a bit, but not as much as I did with the first three novels of this series. But it was such a big improvement from the zero feels that Racing Savannah gave me.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe definitely gave me a heroine to root for, two supportive families, an adorable love interest and a decent amount of feels. Perfect for anyone looking for an inspiring, romantic read for those rainy days.
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
Aimee loves books. And chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Reading books while eating chocolates! Yes, that would be absolutely lovely.