Have you indulged in HB Heinzer’s Bent, yet?

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Bent by HB Heinzer
Release date:  January 1, 2013
My rating:  StarStarStarStar
If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?


My thoughts on this book…
We all know that HB is a talented writer; if not, you haven’t allowed yourself to find out.  This book will tug at your heart in so many ways in so many parts.  There is something about making hard decisions in a book so welcoming.  I liked that this story isn’t sugar-coated.  It is nice to have a dose of reality in a fictional story.  You won’t like some of the decisions these characters make, but will be pleased in the end when the realization that decisions always have to be made whether they are easy or not.  I found myself wanting to see Micah get the girl in the end, but at the same time, I understood why Julia made the decisions she made.  The situation in this story is all kinds of messed up.  All roads seem to be pointing to a no-good ending!
This story had me going back and forth in which ending I wanted to see.  I couldn’t decide.  My indecisiveness shone throughout this story.  Everyone wants a happy ending, but at the same time, everyone likes to root for the main character, especially the one with what seems like the greatest heartache.
I could go on and on about this story, but then I would ruin it all for you.  I can’t give the book enough praises.  It is a story you should read, if you haven’t done so already!

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With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.

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