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A Beholden Heart by [M. L. Steinbrunn]
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Have you ever looked around at your life and thought to yourself, this can’t be what the universe had planned for me?

This thought enters my brain…Every. Single. Day.

I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing, but this isn’t it.

I don’t want extraordinary. I’ve never wanted extraordinary. I just want normal…whatever that is.

When I enrolled in Middleton High School, I was just looking to find some resemblance to the typical high school experience.

Then I met Matt Rhodes. He lives the life of envy: popular, athletic, top of his class. Yet he wants none of it; he would gladly give it all up to gain back everything that he’s lost.

Together we will redefine normal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019VYG0P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do we only get 5 stars? This book should get 10! 19 January 2016
By Dani René - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Every now and then a book comes along that completely blows your mind. After receiving the ARC on my Kindle, I sat down with an idea of what this story would be. After the first few chapters, meeting Gwen, and then Matt, our two lead characters, I was intrigued by their friendship.

Gwen is the new girl in town, the new girl at school. She's never been able to live life like a typical teenager. When she gets a chance at life, she grabs it with both hands. Her surprising friendship with Matt Rhodes, the most popular boy in school, takes her on a journey like no other.

Between Gwen and Matt, they take being "normal" or "typical" to a place that no other story has. Gwen's belief that everyone is good, and everyone deserves a chance at life and happiness changes not only Matt's life, but Sam's (her BFF) and Spencer's (Matt's friend).

“Sometimes, all we ever want, all we ever need, is right in front of us, we just have to open our eyes to see.”

Even though I consider this a young adult novel. Everyone, and I mean everyone, it doesn't matter your age, when work you do, if you're still studying or if you just work from home, this is a life lesson that will tug at your heart, have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, wanting to life everyday as if it was a gift!

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Dani from Alpha Book Club
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read... 16 January 2016
By Jennifer Reichert - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was the first book that I read from cover to cover this year and it was so worth it!! I couldn't put this book down and read it in two days (would have been in a day had I not had to take care of my three kiddos).

You can't help not falling in love with the characters and the story is beautiful. The story of Gwen, Matt, Sam and Spencer has some great life lessons for teens and pre-teens and puts you in a place that is actually realistic in today's high schools.

I can't wait to see where M.L. Steinbrunn goes with this series and I CAN NOT wait for the next book!!!

I will now be ordering her other books from her Redemption Series :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it will be a sweet romance, and I was so naive 16 January 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought it will be a sweet romance, and I was so naive!!
It was very surprising; full of deep and important thoughts. I couldnt put it down because I wanted to know what is the secret!!! It was a big moment, but that ending!!!!!!! I was in shock! The author broke my heart into pieces!!!
I loved Gwen, Sam and Matt, but my absolut fav character was Spencer! He is soooo funny :)
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 emotional stars! 18 February 2016
By S. Butka - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have a confession. When I found out ML was putting out a new novel, I was excited. One, because I read her Redemption series and loved it. And two, I'm a YA reader. I did, however, assume I knew exactly the story I would get - high school kids, guy meets girl, a little angst, happily ever after, the end. And that was okay with me.


A Beholden Heart is told from both Gwen and Matt's POV. ML's characters speak in such a way that they give you just enough information to keep you guessing. What is the big secret between Spencer, Matt, and Sam? How can Matt's dad get away with being such a douche? Why do Gwen's parents have issues with Grandma Marnie? The answers to these questions are revealed, but in little bits and pieces that make you speed-read. I think what surprised me most is that A Beholden Heart isn't a high school love story. There's definitely love there, but it's a love of friends. Of family. Of accepting the things you cannot change, but finding a way to make them better.


I loved all the main characters. Spencer and Grandma Marnie are a hoot, Sam is a great friend (although I wanted to shake her a couple of times for shutting down in the info department), and Matt, while still the stereotypical smart athlete, has more depth to him than most male teen protags I've read. Gwen is pretty, smart, and wise beyond her years which normally bothers me, but not here. She has to live with one flaw that she cannot change, and she's been through enough to warrant her behavior and views on life. That said, I did struggle with a few things, such as Matt's dad's sudden 360 in behavior after one confrontation with Marnie and how almost every situation was wrapped up with a bow. I wish real life was so smooth!

Overall, A Beholden Heart grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I can't even talk about the end. Oh my god - the end. All I'll say is have tissues nearby. I'm so glad ML is continuing this series. I'll be one of the first in line to buy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Another well written novel by M.L. Steinbrunn 21 January 2016
By Tina The Bookworm - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I wasn’t sure what A Beholden Heart was about but I wanted to read it because M.L. Steinbrunn wrote it. I absolutely loved her Redemption series and was eagerly awaiting a new novel by her. She writes the most beautifully broken characters that are often lost and have no hope and turns them into a beautiful woven story.

A Beholden Heart is no different it is the story how one person can change another person’s life just by being themselves. It shows how much one person can have an impact on our life rather we notice it or not.

Matt and Gwen’s point of view tell the story. Gwen is new to Middleton; she is currently living with her grandmother for her senior year. Her parents are moving to London because of a job offer, Gwen turns down going to London (shocking, I know!) but it is for a good reason.

Matt is the town’s golden boy. The most popular boy in school and of course he is the star football player. A bit cliché but it works.

This is no love story (although I did ship one couple then decided it was best if that ship didn’t happen that another ship should happen, I was confused can you tell?). This is truly a story about friendship, the kind that makes you wonder what you ever would have done without that person. The kind that shows you that a person can truly change you for the better.

What I love the most about M.L. Stienbrunn’s novels is that I find a deep connection not just with the main characters but also the minor characters. I absolutely loved Sam and Spencer and their banter. I thought it was perfect for the story. I wanted more of both them and I saw they will be getting their own stories that you of course will see reviews on later within the year.

There were parts I found a bit unbelievable. They weren’t serious enough that they took away from the story. So for me they were easy to overlook. The story was beautiful and left me in tears. It was a bit of a trigger for me but overall it was beautiful and I look forward to the rest of the series.

I hope you pick this up and you walk away knowing that you make a difference in someone’s life. It could just be by simply saying hi to someone or just being yourself you make a difference.