Saturday, August 15, 2020

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart @MichaelFStewart @XpressoTours

Heart Sister
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: September 15th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

After his twin sister, Minnie, dies in an accident, Emmitt’s world goes sideways. He’s lost his best friend and it feels like the family is falling apart without her. But Minnie was an organ donor and Emmitt soon receives an anonymous thank you letter from one of the transplant recipients. Inspiration strikes, and he decides to try and put his sister back together, in spirit. He’s going to track down each organ recipient and film them to show his parents the results of Minnie’s selfless act and help them move on. But when each recipient falls short of his expectations and the star of his film, the girl who received his sister’s heart, refuses to meet him, Emmitt has to turn to extreme measures to find her. What he doesn’t know is that his “heart sister” is hiding an agonizing secret, one that could push Emmitt to the breaking point.

My Review:

Emmitt loses his sixteen-year-old twin sister Minnie in a car accident. After Minnie’s death the family learns that she was an organ donor. Minnie’s death hits the family hard. His mother is so depressed that all she does is sit on the sofa day in and day out. Emmitt does his best to take care of his mother.

While trying to process his sister death himself Emmitt gets this brilliant idea to look up all the people who received Minnie’s organs. Emmitt wants to make a video of all the people whose life his sister saved. Emmitt hopes that this movie will help his mother.

When his sister Minnie is taken from him so tragically it shatters Emmitt’s heart leaving it in a million different pieces. I think that deep down Emmitt may have thought if he could piece his sister back together again by finding all of her organs then he could put his heart back together again as well.

Finding all the people who received Minnie’s organs was like a recovery journey for Emmitt. It was his way of dealing with the loss and heartache of losing his best friend of losing the other half of his heart.

I can only imagine how Emmitt felt when he met each person who received a piece of his sister. I can only imagine how Emmitt felt as I have never walked in his shoes but I did feel his pain his loss, his heartache, his joy at finding his Heart Sister through the words and eyes of the author Michael F. Stewart.

Heart Sister is a journey of pain and loss but it has its joyful moments as well. Heat Sister is a heart wrenching and joyful read all at the same time. One minute it will have you chocking up with tears rolling down your face and in the next instance you will be smiling with joy and a warm heart.

Emmitt’s journey will break your heart but with the help of the new friends that he meets along the way will help to put it back together again. Emmitt was kind of like humpty dumpty in the beginning but in the end his sister Minnie put him back together again.

Out of all the books by Michael F. Stewart that I have read I would have to say that Heart Sister is my favorite. Now don’t get me wrong I loved all the others as well and would recommend any of his books. Michael writes his stories in such way that you feel as if you have crawled right into the characters head, heart and mind to the point where you become one with character. Once you pick up a book of his you become one with it losing the world around you until the last page is turned. But even when that last page is turned his stories, characters and worlds will be with you for a long time to come.

I would highly recommend any book written by Michael F. Stewart. If you haven’t read any of his books yet then let me suggest that you get to clicking now!  

Author Bio:

Michael F. Stewart is an award-winning author of many books for young people in various genres, including Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life, which earned a Kirkus Star and won the Publishers Weekly’s Booklife Grand Prize. and Heart Sister (Summer/Fall 2020, Orca Books). Michael lives in Ottawa.