[Read] ➳ A Beholden Heart ➻ M.L. Steinbrunn – Ivogue.co.uk

A Beholden Heart Have You Ever Looked Around At Your Life And Thought To Yourself, This Can T Be What The Universe Had Planned For Me This Thought Enters My Brain Every Single Day.I Have No Clue What I M Supposed To Be Doing, But This Isn T It.I Don T Want Extraordinary I Ve Never Wanted Extraordinary I Just Want Normal Whatever That Is.When I Enrolled In Middleton High School, I Was Just Looking To Find Some Resemblance To The Typical High School Experience.Then I Met Matt Rhodes He Lives The Life Of Envy Popular, Athletic, Top Of His Class Yet He Wants None Of It He Would Gladly Give It All Up To Gain Back Everything That He S Lost.Together We Will Redefine Normal.


10 thoughts on “A Beholden Heart

  1. says:

    I loved this book This story shows you how just being kind to someone can change their lives Simple words, simple actions, and sticking up for someone who can t stand up for themselves have a way of showing someone who doesn t feel important, just how important they truly are Gwen s character reminds me so much of myself when I was her age I really could relate to her Each character is their own...


  2. says:

    4.5 Stars M.L Steinbrunn s foray into the young adult genre is a shining success A Beholden Heart was sweet, hopeful, full of life, and incredibly poignant The emotional weight of this story took me by surprise as M.L Steinbrunn explored love, loss, and what it means to truly live While Gwen and Matt were the main focus of the story, this book unquestionably also belonged to Sam and Spencer These vibrant characters brought A Beholden Heart to life and made this story something truly special I found myself effortlessly consumed by the world M.L Steinbrunn has written mesmerized by the familiar dynamics of life during the high school years and the teenage angst we ve all experienced M.L Steinbrunn took this story in unexpected directions that pulled so many emotions from me, leaving me anxious for the next book in the series Gwen is the kind of character you can t help but instantly love Her fresh outlook on the world and enthusiasm for life is infectious Her sheltered upbringing has left her feeling isolated and overlooked so when the opportunity to live like a regular teenager comes along, she ...


  3. says:

    Why do we only get 5 stars This book should get 10 Every now and then a book comes along that completely blows your mind After receiving the ARC on my Kindle, I sat down with an idea of what this story would be After the first few chapters, meeting Gwen, and then Matt, our two lead characters, I was intrigued by their friendship.Gwen is the new girl in town, the new girl at school She s never been able to live life like a typical teenager When she gets a chance at life, she grabs it with both hands Her surprising friendship with Matt Rhodes, the most popular boy in school, takes her on a journey like no other.Between Gwen and Matt, they take being normal or typical to a place that no other story has Gwen s belief that everyone is good, and everyone deserves a chance at life and happiness changes not only Matt s life, but Sam s her BFF and Spencer s Matt s friend Sometimes, all we ever want...


  4. says:

    My rating 4.5 Together we will redefine normal Nothing about this book was normal It was completely extraordinary From the first chapter, I knew I could connect to Gwen and the positivity she surrounded herself with, despite living life with a heart condition She was brave, open, honest, truthful, and caring When her father s job takes the family across the pond, she convinces her family to let her stay in a tiny town with her estranged Grandmother, just to finish out her senior year in the states It was at her new school that she met Matthew, the popular kid, the jock, the jackass Or so she thought Turns out , he s just another broken human with a sad story just trying to survive his senior year of high school She also meets Sam and Spencer and while drama ensues, they all form these tangled friendships based on honest feelings and standing up for each other These friends are what I hope for my kids to find in thei...


  5. says:

    4.5 StarsReview to come soon


  6. says:

    Disclosure I received a copy from the author publisher, in exchange for an honest review This does not influence my review in any shape or form I wasn t sure what A Beholden Heart was about but I wanted to read it because M.L Steinbrunn wrote it I absolutely loved her Redemption series and was eagerly awaiting a new novel by her She writes the most beautifully broken characters that are often lost and have no hope and turns them into a beautiful woven story A Beholden Heart is no different it is the story how one person can change another person s life just by being themselves It shows how much one person can have an impact on our life rather we notice it or not Matt and Gwen s point of view tell the story Gwen is new to Middleton she is currently living with her grandmother for her senior year Her parents are moving to London because of a job offer, Gwen turns down going to London shocking, I know but it is for a good reason Matt is the town s golden boy The most popular boy in school and of course he is the star football player A bit clich but it works This is no love story although I did ship one couple then decided it was best if that ship didn t happen that another ship should happen, I was confused can you tell This is truly a story about friendship, the kind that makes you wonder what you ever would have done without that person The kind that shows you that a person can truly change you for the better What I love the most about M.L Stienbrunn s ...


  7. says:

    What a beautiful and emotional read In A Beholden Heart we meet Gwen, who hasn t really lived life, and is entering her senior year of high school When she starts a new school, and has some freedom to finally live, and not be cooped up in the house, she embraces it fully She s never really gotten to experience high school, so her happy go lucky attitude doesn t help her with the cliques at her new school She instantly befriends Sam, who I adored, and also becomes friends with Matt and Spencer.Matt is Mr Popular and lives behind the facade that he s happy being the football hero, but he wants so much out of his life When he becomes friends with Gwen, she helps him see he can realize his dreams and make himself happy I loved watching Matt grow in this story and seeing how much he changed from when we first met him.Sam, Spencer, and Matt were all really good friends growing up, but something happened a long time ago that tore Spence and Matt away from Sam With the help of Gwen this group of friends find one anothe...


  8. says:

    4.5 emotional stars I have a confession When I found out ML was putting out a new novel, I was excited One, because I read her Redemption series and loved it And two, I m a YA reader I did, however, assume I knew exactly the story I would get high school kids, guy meets girl, a little angst, happily ever after, the end And that was okay with me.I.Did.Not.Get.That.Story.A Beholden Heart is told from both Gwen and Matt s POV ML s characters speak in such a way that they give you just enough information to keep you guessing What is the big secret between Spencer, Matt, and Sam How can Matt s dad get away with being such a douche Why do Gwen s parents have issues with Grandma Marnie The answers to these questions are revealed, but in little bits and pieces that make you speed read I think what surprised me most is that A Beholden Heart isn t a high school love story There s definitely love there, but it s a love of friends Of family Of accepting the things you cannot change, but finding a way to make them better.I loved all the main characters Spencer and Grandma Marnie are a hoot, Sam is a great friend although I wanted to shake her a couple of times for shutting down in the info department , and Matt, while still the stereotypical smart athlete, has depth to him than most male teen protags I ve read Gwen is pretty, smart, and wise beyond her years which normally bothers me, but not here She has to live with one flaw that she cannot change, and she s been through e...


  9. says:

    There are books that you read in life and not matter what you will never ever forget them because they have such a huge impact on your life, heart, or emotions and this is definitely one of those books This book is beautiful and beautifully written from start to finish It left me speechless, smiling, and tears rolling down my face Yes, grab tissues Gwen is one of the sweetest and most caring people I have ever read about Life hasn t been easy for Gwen She has always been different because that s the hand life dealt her But instead of being sad and hating everything and everyone, she chooses to live her life to the fullest When Gwen moves to a new town and new school with her grandmother, she has no idea that her whole life is about to change in the blink of an eye Matt is the popular kid in school He only hangs around certain crowds and focuses all his attention on football On the outside, Matt looks like he is living the perfect life but on the inside everything is a lie When Gwen moves to town, he knows there is somethi...


  10. says:

    Read the full review on Bookaholics Not So Anonymous.Note This ARC was provided by Enticing Journey Book Promos in exchange for an honest review.While I didn t shed any tears, A Beholden Heart was an emotional read and one that I didn t see coming I had this pegged as a young adult story about a girl who was different and the guy who everyone wanted to be like and together they showed how being different was okay Gwen Parks and Matt Rhodes, who is the reigning king of their school but can t wait to leave it all just to be free of his father, form what others consider an unlikely friendship, but I do think that they gravitated toward one another because they were exactly what the other one needed at that point in their lives And this is where this story is different I can t get into why, though, so you re going to have to trust me and read the book Suffice it to say that this isn t your typical YA story, and that blurb had me thinking one thing and give a heck of a lot to love.The book isn t perfect There were a few editing issues, though with me assuming the copy I received was for advanced reading purposes meaning there are bound to be editing issues that have yet to be touched upon before the final publication I didn t let those affect my overall impression of the book Sticking to the storytelling, there were times that the transitions felt a bit abrupt and the resolutions of relationships that were strained had that overly ...


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