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Poignant and Heart-Breaking: Piece of My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

What a poignant, eloquent and beautiful story! Nicole always writes stories that have my heart constricted with all the emotions!

"You're the best decision I ever made."

by Nicole Jacquelyn

Series: Fostering Love #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 23rd 2019 by Forever
Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★½
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From the author of Unbreak My Heart comes a heart-wrenching story about a young married couple's struggle to find their way back to each other after an unbearable loss threatens to tear them apart. Nicole Jacquelyn delivers a novel that will break your all the best ways.

Alex Evans is cool. Collected. Charismatic as hell. But when he meets Sarai Levy, all that chill goes right out the door. An Israeli graduate student, Sarai's far too busy with school to date. But she gives Alex a chance anyway, and after a few whirlwind months, they're getting married. They've heard all the reasons why it's too soon, but Alex and Sarai are madly in love and determined to make it work . . . until a devastating tragedy strikes and their perfect world comes crashing down.

Sarai, who always has a plan, suddenly has no blueprint for handling a staggering loss. As she pulls away from Alex and withdraws from her life, he's struggling to be the man she needs. Their relationship is fraying at the seams, and if Alex and Sarai don't find a way to trust each other with their most painful truths, their heartache could shatter their fairytale romance.
This story killed me in the best of ways. It starts so wonderful, with having Sarai and Alex meeting each other and going on dates, etc. It was so cute to finally see Alex falling for a woman, especially for a woman like Sarai. He completely met his match with her and I was so happy! Both are goofballs! I was having so much fun with them.

Since the second novel, I've been so intrigued by Alex, so when it was announced this was his story, I went crazy! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this pretty! Alex is always the clown and the goofball, but in a good way. He just likes to joke and make people smile and laugh. What I adored the most was seeing Alex and Ani, his foster sister, back together again, acting like complete children. It had me laughing and adoring them once again.

Sarai was a new addition to this story so I didn't really know anything about her. We learn that she's Jewish but she doesn't follow a lot of practices from Judaism. To me, she was like a modern Jewish. Anyway, Sarai is a woman who's there for her friends no matter what. She's also very focused on her studies, has a plan for everything, and doesn't have time for dating, especially for a man like Alex. When she realizes she can't resist him, they start working around their very busy schedule to spend time with each other, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Some of the best things happen when you don't plan for them.

Their lives are going so great, but knowing this author, I knew it was the calm before the storm and when the storm arrived, I couldn't breathe. My heart broke in pieces and I had tears in my eyes for these two amazing characters. They definitely didn't deserve what happened. Yet you could see character growth amidst it all. Especially for Alex. Even though he was beyond affected about what had happened, he knew he needed to be there for Sarai, that he needed to be the strong one so he pushed aside his feelings and focused on giving all to Sarai. I was already in love with him, but it was here that I fell much harder for this incredible man.

I have always LOVED Alex's family, since Unbreak My Heart. They are a bunch who's there for each other through thick and thin. All of them are adopted but you wouldn't think that once you spend just a few seconds with them. Some are loud, others a grumpy and cynical, yet the love they have to give knows absolutely no bounds. They love and give without a second thought. I especially loved seeing Ani and Bram back from Change of Heart.

I loved having Ani back! She's Alex's foster sister and she is always a hoot and I always enjoy her to the max. I was so happy to have gotten to see a little of Kate (another foster sister), but I wish her entire family had been in this book since their story has to be my favorite! Nevertheless, it was great to see the members of this fantastic family that I will truly carry forever in my heart and never forget.

This family shows once again how amazing they are when they band together to help Sarai and Alex. It just showed how giving they all are. If you want an amazing family to read about, I will forever recommend Fostering Love series!

Unfortunately, not every family is as amazing as this one, which is why it was so tough to read about Sarai's family. Her aunt and uncle are still very Jewish and they're so strict and set in their ways. When Sarai calls them to give them wonderful news, they react so badly. My heart tore apart for her because you could feel her heart shattering in the process. I was happy she at least had Alex's family to rely on. She also had Mr. and Mrs. K. They were so wonderful. They were family friends of Sarai's parents so when Sarai moved back to Missouri, they opened their arms to her for anything she needed.

Overall, Piece of My Heart is a beautiful and poignant novel, just like the rest of the novels in this series. It will have you laughing one minute, and crying the next with a broken heart, but it will mend it in the end. I can never recommend this series enough, nor this author. Nicole Jacquelyn is so underrated and she deserves so much more recognition for the amazing talent she has!

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