Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
You all know that I don’t often buy books, but I bought the Kindle version for this one right away after reading this review on The Quite Concert. I have been trying to motivate myself to run, and I thought that this story might help. Sadly, it did not.
This book was good. Six months after her boyfriend dies in a car accident, Annie is training to run a marathon in his honor. She’s signed up for a group program run by this guy Matt when she meets his younger brother, Jeremiah. It was one of those stories where the love interest is supposedly bad news. Jeremiah is an adrenaline junky, and since Annie is obviously nervous about losing someone else she cares about, so it causes some conflict. I thought they were a cute couple.
I liked Annie, and I loved reading about her training. She is tougher than she realizes, and the reactions her body had to all of the physical exertion were very accurate. They were based on Miranda’s own training for a marathon earlier in her life.
There is also a fun mix of girl friends, with some associated drama, and their boys. During the book she’s also moving away to college. I liked those parts of the story as well. Annie’s mother and brother are present and add to the story’s depth.
Overall, this book was fun and entertaining, but I don’t think it will stick with me. I enjoyed Miranda’s writing, so I may have to check out some of the other Hundred Oaks books.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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