Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Release Blitz: The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 


She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.


The Weight of Life was quite an emotional journey for not just the characters, but me.  One of the things I love about Whitney's writing is that there are so many layers to the story and the character within its pages.  There's a depth not always explored by other authors, but one that often makes a story stand out more. 

Mired in grief and weighed down by loss, Mila finds herself in London and unexpected drawn to a stranger. In a time and a place where she expected nothing, Mila finds herself opening up to more. 

Ames is a man tortured by his own past, a man struggling daily with his own grief. And then out of nowhere he finds himself forming a connection with Mila, a woman who shares in his pain and has her own. 

The Weight of Life isn't merely a love story, it's so much more, it's a second chance at life (and love), it's a story of moving past grief, of letting someone in even when it hurts, even when it's scary.  The journey Ames and Mila take together through the pages of this book will draw you in and hold your attention, throwing emotions at you, hitting you in all the right places, and leaving you rooting for these characters.  

If you give them a chance, you'll fall in love with Mila and Ames and all their flaws, you'll find yourself digging deeper into their story and be left in awe at how it all comes together.  

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