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“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?
©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Cam on 06-24-13


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Never read many books where the second is even better than the first. What an incredible book and wonderful story. I highly recommend thie series.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By Tonya on 07-17-13

Again, what a great story.

Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series is one of my favorites.

What other book might you compare Barely Breathing to and why?

Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The swing.

Any additional comments?

This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.

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By Janine on 12-14-14


Emily (Emma) is a young woman trying to survive. She survives an awful mother and the death of her father. Survives unspeakable abuse in her foster home. Survives day to day as her decisions hurt herself.

The agony Emma endures in book 1 is a torment. Book 2 picks up a few months after the events of Book 1. She survives, against the odds, her aunt's attack and attempted murder, but she's broken. Her spirit and her body is crushed, but she's so good at going through the motions that she deceives everyone around her.

She decides, in a knee jerk reaction to abandonment, to move in with her mother. This proves to be disastrous and once again, Emma survives, one day at a time as her mother's alcoholism destroys any chance they have at reconnecting. Emma hangs in, trying to build a relationship and trying to cope with the abuse dished out by her mother.

Through all her struggles, Evan and Sarah stand by her, loving her and saving her from herself. A strange connection with her mother's boyfriend is both a gift and poison and Emma is too vulnerable and broken to make wise decisions about their friendship.

I can't say more about the end. It's heartbreaking.

This story is 5* . It is beautifully written with magnificent imagery. Ms Donovan is a talented writer. Why do Americans insist on using scorn as a verb without the object? It's so clumsy.

Kate Rudd is, along with Kate Reading, the best female narrator out there. She is gifted, excellent, outstanding... not enough superlatives! She's 6* !

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