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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the 4th book in the Hundred Oaks series. While this is a series, each book can be read as a stand alone.
This is the first novel I have read by Miranda Kenneally and it certainly will not be my last! I own three of her other novels and I don’t know why I hadn’t picked any of them up before this one. But that will def change later this week.
Annie, has just graduated high school and has committed herself to running a marathon for her ex-boyfriend, who tragically passed away. Before he passed he was training for this marathon, and Annie has taken it upon herself to finish in his memory. The problem is Annie is NOT a runner. So coach Jordan Woods (from the novel Catching Jordan) refers Annie to a really good friend, Matt (from the Novel Things I Can’t Forget) who professionally trains people to run marathons.
While Training for her marathon, this guy is running backwards and strikes up a conversation. Later she finds out his name is Jeremiah and that he is Matt’s crazy younger adrenaline junkie brother! Annie hasn’t felt anything for a guy since her boyfriend had died, so the fact she was attracted to him, really scared her.
This story is great, the writing is excellent and I just really loved every minute of this book.
Annie was definitely more mature for her age, not too mature where she was so serious, but enough that I as a 26 year old could really connect with her. Jeremiah was really awesome as well. I think the two main characters do a great job of leveling each other out.
Another thing that really gives this book major points with me is, the characters didn’t meet and fall in love. Their friendship and relationship build over time. Not only did we get to see their relationship bloom, but we got to see Annie rekindle her friendship with Kelsey, (her BFF from her past, whom she kinda dropped when she started dating Kyle, but only because Kelsey’s mom married a really rich guy, and Annie felt inferior.) And We also get to see her grow closer to her mother again. After Kyle died, out of pain, Annie blamed her mom for his death, very well knowing it wasn’t her fault. Since then their relationship had a huge barrier. But we do get to see them work that situation out. Which is something you don’t see a lot in books. Half the time you have to wonder if the characters even have parents!
After reading this book I REALLY want to train for a marathon! I’m seriously considering it. And I have already looked around for a few coaches, so I’ll see how that goes. A thing that inspires me to want to run, is being inside Annie’s head while she is running. She does so much soul searching and just has so much time to put things in perspective while running. It just seemed like a really great stress reducer and a healthy outlet when things are tough.
I recommend this book to everyone! EVERYONE! If you haven’t read this book, go do it!