Review of ‘Two Hearts Together’ by Harper Bliss
This is book two of the Two Hearts Trilogy by Harper Bliss which should be read in chronological order. As in book one, I have to warn readers that even though this book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, it doesn’t conclude the story either. So if you want a happy resolution, you’d need to commit to reading book three. Having said that, book three ‘Two Hearts Forever’ is being released in April (2020) or you can get the complete trilogy in a box set then.
The story is set in the fictional small town of Donovan Grove where Anna Gunn lives and works. Anna is a loner and her life is carefully planned in a strict routine which is challenged when Zoe Perez arrives from NYC to open a bookstore in town. Zoe is sociable, gorgeous and is determined to break down Anna’s carefully constructed walls. But soon she’ll discover that Anna is as appealing as complicated… After they decide to give dating a chance, they both soon discover that Anna’s neurological disorder and Zoe’s difficulties in dealing with it get in the way of their happily ever after.
As in book one, don’t expect the usual sexy content that is present in many of Ms. Bliss’s novels, ‘Two Hearts Together’ by itself isn’t a romance either, it explores in-depth Anna’s mental health issues and how they affect her world and the people who surround her. In some parts, it’s not an easy read but it gives a good idea of the life challenges for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how hard it is also for people around them.
As I said in my review of book one, this trilogy looks like as if it was conceived as one long book and then divided into three novellas. I’m not sure the reasons behind this decision but, in my personal view, you are better off buying the whole series and reading it as a whole. ‘Two Hearts Together’ is hard to review because this story makes little sense without the other two books. If you have to judge this book isolated from the other two, then it reads like an in-depth chronicle of the daily trials and tribulations of a person with ASD, which, as you can guess, isn’t a fluffy read.
Having read books one and two now, I’ve got the feeling that the story is going in a good direction so, I’m gonna give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that Ms. Bliss will wrap it up nicely in book 3. So far, so good. 4 stars.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.