Learning to Live (Hearts out of Water #2) Annie Cosby
Genre: YA Romance / Fantasy
Description: Last summer ended in disaster for Cora. She had scurried home, terrified of the secrets she’d uncovered and afraid to be honest with the one person who most deserved it—Rory. But after a grueling year of trying desperately (and unsuccessfully) not to think about what she left behind, Cora finds a surprise on her doorstep.
Rory's little brother, Aidan, has discovered the truth and recruits Cora, along with her best friend Rosie, to go with him to Ireland to explain their selkie heritage to Rory.
Desperate to get back the love she couldn't face last summer, Cora agrees to go. But will Rory want to see her after the way she abandoned him?
On a magical dash through the west of Ireland, following false leads and learning the all-but-forgotten myths of that wild land, Cora will learn even more about the O’Leary family than she ever imagined. And, maybe, just a little bit about herself.
The magic is back in the second Hearts Out of Water novel!
Maggie's Review: 4 Stars After reading book one, I couldn't wait to get into this one! I liked that you got to "see" Ireland with the book's beautiful descriptions and made you feel like you were along for the adventure. I also liked how the author captured the brotherly bond, and also the lovely family gathering (Rory with the baby was heart-burstingly sweet!) The pacing of the book was a little slow for me this time around - I'm not sure if it was in hopes that Rory and Cora would reunite sooner, or just that her inner monologue of "I should really fix this" got repetitive - but the reunion was really well done. I can't wait for book three!