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Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles Review

Title: Just Remember to Breathe

Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles

First published January 1, 2012

277 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780988273603 (ISBN10: 0988273608)

Rating: 3.99


In Just Remember to Breathe, Charles Sheehan-Miles takes us on a journey with Alex Thompson, a pre-law student at Columbia University, who is determined to stick to her plan. But sometimes life throws us a curveball, and for Alex, that curveball comes in the form of Dylan Paris.

Dylan returns home from Afghanistan with severe injuries and a big secret. He knows he shouldn’t drag Alex into his mess, but fate has other plans.

With both of them assigned to the same work study program, they have to figure out how to work together without driving each other crazy. As they spend more time together, the memories of their past love start to resurface.

But they made a promise to never talk about it. Will they be able to keep that promise, or will their past come back to haunt them?

Find out in this emotional and heartwarming novel.

About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles has lived an eclectic life, serving as a soldier, working as a computer programmer, whipping up meals as a short-order cook, and leading non-profit organizations. He is also an accomplished author, having penned both fiction and non-fiction books, including the popular indie titles Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.

Charles and his wife Andrea Randall share their passion for writing and reside in South Hadley, Massachusetts. For additional information, please visit his website.

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Editoral Review

Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles is a heart-wrenching novel that delves into the complexities of grief, love, and healing. Published in 2012, the book is a contemporary fiction that explores the lives of two young adults who are struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of a tragic event.

The author, Charles Sheehan-Miles, is a prolific writer who has published several critically acclaimed books. He is known for his ability to craft compelling stories that resonate with readers on a deep emotional level.

In Just Remember to Breathe, Sheehan-Miles delivers another poignant tale that is sure to leave readers spellbound.

The novel follows the lives of Alex and Lia, two college students who fall in love despite their troubled pasts. However, their happiness is short-lived when tragedy strikes, and they are forced to confront their darkest fears.

The story is set against the backdrop of the Iraq War, which adds a layer of historical significance to the narrative.

Sheehan-Miles’ writing is both lyrical and poignant, and he masterfully captures the complex emotions of his characters. He creates a vivid and immersive world that draws readers in from the very first page.

The pacing of the novel is excellent, and the plot is well-structured, with enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged.

One of the novel’s strengths is its characters. Alex and Lia are fully realized individuals with their own unique personalities and flaws.

Sheehan-Miles does an excellent job of exploring their motivations and desires, making them relatable and sympathetic.

However, the novel does have its flaws. Some readers may find the plot predictable, and the ending is somewhat rushed.

Additionally, the novel could have benefited from more nuanced exploration of the Iraq War and its impact on the characters.

Despite these limitations, Just Remember to Breathe is a powerful and moving novel that is well worth reading. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that love and hope can overcome even the darkest of tragedies.

In conclusion, Just Remember to Breathe is a beautifully written novel that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the final page. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction and is looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant story.

I would give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.