By: Shilah Ferr
323 Kindle Edition Pages
The Autumn of 1977 is a start to a multitude of changes for April Schweiter. The preadolescence age is something entirely new for the young girl, and she spends the next few years discovering who she is and who she will soon become. With the introduction of love and heartbreak, readers are offered an insight to April’s life and the challenges she faces during a time that we can all relate to all too much.
April’s Heart is a coming-of-age novel written by Shilah Ferr and published in January 2020. At roughly 320 Kindle edition pages, the length was perfect for diving in and consuming the story as an entire experience. From beginning to end, April’s character developed from a young, naive pre-teen to a mature and respectable young woman who has endured the life-altering experiences of love, heartbreak, friendship, and respect.
I admire how the author presented the main character’s personality as such a realistic and relatable role. April has a heart of gold and her caring personality shines through, even during the trying times of teenage selfishness that are commonly present. When April encounters her first experience with love with Mitch, it is delivered in a way that I felt the pain and bliss that I also experienced many years ago all over again.
The secondary characters in the story were also a large part of the credibility of the story. The snarky teenage girls are present, of course, along with those who are as caring and honest as April. When April and Mitch are introduced as a couple in the story, their bond is remarkable and I found myself rooting for their achievement, despite it being a “teenage love story.”
Written in such a way that I was actually able to picture all the scenes playing like a movie, it took me a while after finishing the story to accept the completion and move on from what I would have wanted to continue long after turning the last page. Along with being an exceptional story of self-discovery, April’s Heart was well-written and well-edited much to my approval. I’m so pleased to rate April’s Heart 4 out of 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed a feel-good novel with deep emotion.
Now I’ve finished April’s Heart, and, oh my heart….. the feelings are still rushing, the high of the love lost and regained, and then possibly lost for good is something that just hit a reminiscence of memories for me.
Shilah Ferr, well done on this one. You’ve won me over. 🙂
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