Today it's my pleasure to introduce you to Cheryl Renee Herbsman's debut novel, Breathing. This is a great summer beach read with a make-you-swoon love story at its center. I really identified with this story because, like Savannah, the main character in my own love story has asthma.
I'll never forget taking my boyfriend to the college health center because his cold had gotten a lot worse and he wheezed with every breath. An hour later, he literally started turning blue and the nurses called an ambulance. He spent a week fighting for every breath in the Intensive Care Unit. So scary! (Cheryl's character Savannah is also hospitalized with asthma.)
But the worst part came later. My boyfriend had been an athlete, playing for the college soccer team, his fraternity's basketball team, and he loved to run. Asthma complicated all of that. I used to sit in the bleachers holding his inhaler, watching him play basketball until his skin tinted blue and he gasped for breath. But he just wouldn't give up all the activities he loved so much.
So often we focus on our physical appearance while taking our physical health for granted. Novels like Cheryl Renee Herbsman's Breathing remind us about the things that are really important in life: health, love, and happiness.
What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.
This debut novel has it all—an endearing, funny, hopelessly romantic main character, lots of down-home Southern charm, and a sunny, salty beach setting that will transport you to the Carolina coast. Buy your own copy here.
About Chery Renee Herbsman
Cheryl Renée Herbsman lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, but she grew up in North Carolina and often spent summer vacations at the Carolina coast. Like Savannah, she fell in love as a teenager, and like Savannah and Jackson, she and her boyfriend carried on a long-distance relationship. They are now celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary. Read more about Cheryl at http://www.cherylreneeherbsman.com