Summary: After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.
Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake
Review: I received this book by the guys over at Harper360 in exchange for a honest review, as well as an opportunity to partake in the book’s blog tour. However, none of this has impacted my view/opinions all of which stated are my own.
Things we know by heart is my first Jessi Kirby novel but certainly not my last. Quinn’s story is told with an authentic and raw voice that is sure to tug at heartstrings everywhere. When we are first introduced to Quinn, we learn that it has been 400 days since her boyfriend Trent was killed in a car accident. Those last 400 days have been devastating for Quinn with her wallowing in grief and pity and somewhat of a sense of guilt.
In a desperate attempt to start healing, Quinn begins to seek solace in those that received his organs after his tragic death; she is able to contact all but one… The boy that received his heart. However, after a bit of social media stalking she discovers that his name is Colton and begins to embark on a mission to meet the boy that currently possesses the heart of her lost love. They eventually meet after she sees him in a coffee shop although she flees, leaving behind her purse *cue the Cinderella feels*. Colton chases after her causing Quinn to get into a minor car accident and I’m sure you can imagine what happens from there.
It is eventual that the two fall for each other, but this story is more than a predictable love story. It is a romance with depth all about the importance of learning to cope with loss, moving on and learning to love again, it is a beautiful story and one that I would recommend to fans of contemporary romance as well as authors such as Sarah Dessen.
Top Ten Quotes:
- “For so long, I was the one with his heart. I just need to see where it is now.”
- “We are made of our pasts, and our pains, our joys and our losses. It’s in the very fiber of our beings. Written on our hearts.”
- “Do what I tell you, when I tell you, and the worst thing that’ll happen is you’ll fall in love.”
- “It’s too much, this. Life, and love, and how fragile it all is.”
- “But it’s terrifying to realise how much of your world is wrapped up in loving another person”
- “I’d give anything right now to go back, even just for a few moments, so I could pay more attention. Inscribe every detail of him, and of us together, onto my heart, where I could keep it safe always. Where even time couldn’t erase it.”
- “Today feels different because yesterday was different.”
- “…we found our own synchronicity together, his heart thumping out a slow. steady beat and mine filling in the spaces between”
- “Everything else falls away, and in this moment, when we touch, we are light.”
- “She has that kind of manic focus about her, like if she just keeps moving, the things she’s upset about can’t catch her.”