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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Heart Like Eyes by L.S. Kilroy follows Sean, a fifty-six-year-old hermit living on a boat. He has just been diagnosed with an illness and it seems like his life is not going anywhere. When his niece Marin shows up in need of a place to stay, he is pulled out of his dark thoughts in order to help her. Marin meets Teddy, the adopted son of the local doctor, and the two of them bond. Teddy has faced many obstacles in his life, including when he was born with a heart condition. This makes him quite a deep character who looks at life and the meaning of it, which Marin really likes about him. Drama and various social issues unfold within this story about real people.
L.S. Kilroy has written a poignant and intriguing tale in Heart Like Eyes. I loved the themes running through this book of change and rebirth and that it is never too late to become a better person. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed reading about them. I think Teddy and Marin make a good pair and their conversations were natural and well written. Shirley, Teddy's grandmother, was a bit of a mixed character, but a believable one. No one is really one way or another and people can change over time and through circumstance. All their lives end up colliding by the end. I think that this book would also do well in dramatic fiction and in general fiction too. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read that makes you think.