By Rebecca Donovan

"I've spent so much of my existence attempting to make it to a destiny that also hasn't occurred, or steer clear of a previous that will not enable me cross. i do not take into accout whilst i have ever simply stopped to stay within the current, to carry directly to the seconds i am in."

Emma Thomas’s fight with an abusive domestic existence got here to a heart-pounding end within the ultimate chapters of Reason to Breathe, the 1st installment of The respiring Series— Rebecca Donovan’s bestselling romantic-thriller (USA Today). Now her mystery lifestyles has been uncovered, and her tormentor can’t harm her anymore. but a few are nonetheless haunted via that evening. The bruises can have light, yet scars and fears, stay. How will she reclaim her existence while she's slightly breathing?

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