Silver Heart by Victoria Green
Publication date: July 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…
For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents’ carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.
So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.
But then her past catches up to her–in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.
Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he’s standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.
Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn’t believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?
Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan’s world will never be the same.
There’s some books that you like, but you’re constantly looking down at the percentage mark to see whether it has gotten any closer to 100%, and then there’s books where you are so engrossed in the story, so invested in the characters, and so unable to put the book down long enough to eat, that you get to the words ‘The End’ and think “Wow! What an incredible book.”
Silver Heart is one of those books that just blew me away. The combination of flawed yet beautiful characters attempting to make up for past mistakes, a great setting which you feel as though you yourself are in as you read, and a fantastic writing style which was easy to read yet still conveyed all of the necessary emotion and humor associated with this genre, was just perfection.
I adored Dylan’s character and really sympathised with her family situation and her fear of saying no to her parents wishes, even if it means she will spend the rest of her life doing something that she doesn’t love. Her holiday of a week in a ski resort with her best friend and brother, is on shaky grounnds before they even arrive with her mother calling her to exact promises and to basically tell her where she will be working the next term.
I loved Dylan’s best friend Maddie. She is the friend that everyone wishes they had. She was amazingly supportive of Dylan without pushing her too far about making her own way in the world. In some ways the two were complete opposites and I really admired the rapport the author had between the two despite their differences.
Our first introduction to Sawyer was full on sigh worthy. I loved him from the word go, and felt so invested in his relationship with Dylan, or as he calls her ‘Silver’ *cue the swooning*. I’m a sucker for a good ‘best-friends-turned-lovers’ storyline, and this one is up their with the best as we see their turmoil over their painful pasts which led them to losing years together due to outside pressures.
The storyline was paced perfectly with the romance plot simmering beautifully throughout, with some gorgeously written flashback scenes where we see Sawyer and Dylan as children together. But when their romance came to the boil, oh boy was it hot!! I loved the strength they gave each other to do the things they wanted to, like Dylan telling Sawyer not to let anything get in the way of his snow-boarding career, even her, whilst Sawyer gently encourages her to do what she loves, namely photography, and stand up to her parents.
I laughed so much at Preston’s storyline, and despite thinking I’d hate him for getting in the way of Dylan and Sawyer’s romance, I actually declared him one of my favourite characters in this book. Both him and Dylan were in a relationship purely on the basis of keeping their parents off their backs, and the fact that he proposed to Silver, stating that it would keep their parents happy, despite his romantic interests laying elsewhere, I honestly shook my head fondly when his whole story came out, and I really wanted the best for him, knowing that announcing this to his parents was going to be a painful process. Bless him! (You’ll see what I mean.)
This was a gorgeous, fun, romantic and thought-provoking read, reminding us to make time for the things that we love, and live life for ourselves.
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Victoria Green is a New Adult author who enjoys writing about unspoken love and second chances. She’s a travel junkie and a huge photography enthusiast. Her experience growing up in a war-torn country has helped teach her the importance of living life to the fullest and appreciating every single day. She believes in true love, good chocolate, and great books. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart (though he’s graduated to a fiancé now) and their pack of puppies, and also writes Young Adult novels under a different name.
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