Wednesday, June 28, 2017



“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 


She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.


Amazon/Goodreads Rating:  5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating:  10/10

The Weight of Life is like all of Whitney Barbetti's books a story so well crafted it brings the reader through emotions while showing the  surviving from life's chaos.   The story is about a woman who finds herself in London researching for her brother's travel blog.  She is trying to fulfill her dead boyfriend's wish that she not let his death define her life.  Easier said than done.  Her mask is a bubbly smiling personality. Ames is also trying to recover from loss, but his mask is anger.  They met as Ames sweeps in to save Mila from plunging into the River Thames.  Can they learn how to cope with their losses and allow themselves to love again?  Will the differences keep them apart?  
The author shows their pain and healing with talent that makes the reader feel their sadness, happiness, mistakes and growth.   The story does have some familiar characters from other books which the fans will really love.  The author helps show the progression of the heart after such a devastating loss.  It is a life lesson with a slow boil romance making it an excellent book for adults feeling the weight of life.  
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