ARC Review: This Old Heart Of Mine by A.J. Compton



Ava Malone knows all about being broken-hearted.

Born with a severe heart defect, she’s spent her whole life in and out of hospital desperately needing a transplant.

Just days from death, her weak prayers are finally answered, and she receives a new heart; one that not only saves her life, but changes it forever.

Now fit and healthy, Ava is able to do things she only dreamed of, like get a job and some independence, fall in love, and finally live life to the fullest.

But her journey of self-discovery takes her to places she never expected. Along the way, Ava doesn’t just find the woman she was always meant to be, but she also finds out more about the woman who no longer is. The one who gave her this new life because she lost hers.

Faced with a devastating dilemma, Ava must decide whether the heart that’s pumping inside her body now belongs to her, or is still beating for someone else.


I received an e-ARC of This Old Heart Of Mine from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Right off the bat I was hit with the feels. The introduction to Ava’s story was fiercely emotional, and while I should have expected that from reading the synopsis, it still took me off guard. In a good way. I think.

As I read further into the story I felt empathy for the characters, and I was happy Ava was living her life, but other than that I didn’t really connect with her. Gia on the other hand—that girl rocked. I want her to be my best friend. And honestly, I wish she’d had a bigger role in the story. We were introduced to her fairly early on, so I was hoping to see more from her.

Can I have a Gia side story, please?

Gabriel, while swoon-worthy at times, was freaking infuriating. There is only so much brooding a girl can handle. I’m not sure I would have stuck around had I been in Ava’s position, but I was never one for poetry, so maybe he’s just not my type.

THAT CLIMAX. As much as I knew SOMETHING had to be up with Gabriel, THAT was the last thing I was expecting. I might have been waiting for Ava to decide to contact her donor since the chapter that her friend (I’m totally spacing on his name) did, but boy oh boy, THAT was intense.

While the story did have a happy ending (it was adorable), the angst between Ava and Gabriel was more annoying than anything. I guess I just wasn’t invested enough in either character. Maybe this wasn’t the right book for me right now.

Overall, I did enjoy the story. It was beautifully written, and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

You can add This Old Heart Of Mine on Goodreads here!




6283511A.J. Compton wants a lot of things;

To write books that make you think and feel deeply.

To make you ugly cry and cry with laughter. In the same book.

To write stories that make you anti-social and have you staying up late to finish them.

To show that life can be cruel and difficult, but it can also be incredibly beautiful and worthwhile.

And what A.J. really wants, is to write books that make you remember why you love to read.

AJ knows better than most that we don’t always get what we want in life, but is going to give it a damn good try 😉



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