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Heart by [Hayes, Paula]
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Length: 298 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Sixteen-year-old Anna Grey has the personality of an online encyclopedia crossed with a leashed mini bulldog. Anna is about to discover that she has a special gift. The 'gift' doesn't compute well and her orderly little world is about to be turned upside down. Anna is about to discover that she can see the dead ...speak to the dead and crush (blush) on the dead.

With her two mismatched best friends by her side, drag queenish Dylan Ray and fragile butterfly lady Jacqui Van Eden, Anna inadvertently summons Leo the ghost of an Australian WW1 teenage soldier. Leo is confused and stuck. He is pining for a love lost and is a little on the nose.

Being with the living is getting harder for Leo to achieve and he is scared he will soon end up as a bootstrap with an earlobe before his mystery is solved. Armed with their technological devices, the three travel back virtually through history to unearth why Leo has one foot in No Man's land and a bum cheek on Anna's good couch. This is going to require more than facts and figures ... it's going to require HEART!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Paula Hayes; 2 edition (8 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Z8U3SIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #970,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is indeed a book with lots of heart, about growing up and learning how to deal with life, love and loss. While bubbling with humour and the day to day wackiness of chaotic family life, it also pulses with echoes of tragedy and loss, both old and recent. And it has a wonderful feeling of place, too, very recognisable!
Young Leo, despite being dead for so long, is larger than life, humorous, daring and cheeky, but there is aching sadness also in the lonely lostness of the forgotten young soldier, and in his fear that he will just fade completely away. The sadness of the grieving relatives and lovers left behind after W WI (or any war for that matter) is delicately evoked also and provides a lot of pauses for thought. The young soldier’s questions are oddly similar to the ones that Anna, Jacqui and Dylan, who rouse him, are also asking themselves. The present tension between Anna’s pregnant sister and the rest of the family – and with her boyfriend – is worked through in the background in a touching way and ties in gently with Leo’s story. Anna, Dylan and Jacqui also come to terms with difficulties in their lives during the story. All the threads are finely dealt with and woven into the story as it moves along.
The young soldier’s story was deeply moving and sensitively told. There is a lovely wistful charm that weaves through the revelation of the early lives of Anna’s relatives who she has only known as crusty old people. Amidst the ridiculous, rambunctious and earthy day to day family life that comes to life on the pages, there is a delicacy of feeling and many beautifully rendered scenes of growing understanding and unflagging affection despite difficulties and misunderstandings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bubbling with Life and Love, a great read 9 August 2015
By Kate Martyn, author - Published on Amazon.com
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This is indeed a book with lots of heart, about growing up and learning how to deal with life, love and loss. While bubbling with humour and the day to day wackiness of chaotic family life, it also pulses with echoes of tragedy and loss, both old and recent. And it has a wonderful feeling of place, too, very recognisable!
Young Leo, despite being dead for so long, is larger than life, humorous, daring and cheeky, but there is aching sadness also in the lonely lostness of the forgotten young soldier, and in his fear that he will just fade completely away. The sadness of the grieving relatives and lovers left behind after W WI (or any war for that matter) is delicately evoked also and provides a lot of pauses for thought. The young soldier’s questions are oddly similar to the ones that Anna, Jacqui and Dylan, who rouse him, are also asking themselves. The present tension between Anna’s pregnant sister and the rest of the family – and with her boyfriend – is worked through in the background in a touching way and ties in gently with Leo’s story. Anna, Dylan and Jacqui also come to terms with difficulties in their lives during the story. All the threads are finely dealt with and woven into the story as it moves along.
The young soldier’s story was deeply moving and sensitively told. There is a lovely wistful charm that weaves through the revelation of the early lives of Anna’s relatives who she has only known as crusty old people. Amidst the ridiculous, rambunctious and earthy day to day family life that comes to life on the pages, there is a delicacy of feeling and many beautifully rendered scenes of growing understanding and unflagging affection despite difficulties and misunderstandings. The two threads weave in and out, making a well put together story that can be read on many levels.
This is a very heartfelt coming of age tale, and reminds one of the truth that the experience of growing up seems to remain constant - the questions and doubts remain the same, only the milieu in which the different generations of teens have to find their answers changes.