Review: Where My Heart Used to Beat

Available Now:  Where My Heart Used to Beat

****3.5/5 stars-really liked it

Psychiatrist and WWII veteran Robert Hendricks attempts to square his past and his present when he receives an invitation from an aging man who claims to have known his father during the First World War.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of war and memory
  • readers of WWII fiction
  • fans of the lifelong saga

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 characters
  • 3.5/5 plot
  • 3.5/5 overall


From Sebastian Faulks, the acclaimed author of Birdsong (always meant to pick that one up; now I will), Where My Heart Used to Beat is the beautifully-titled lifelong story of a man and his place in the war-torn 20th century.  Robert Hendricks is a doctor, a man of the mind who “won’t be defined” by his war experience, complete, naturally, with a devastating love affair.  Courtesy of a clearly very gifted writer, the story is suspenseful at moments, slow and and painful at others, but also very readable. And even if it is heavy and melancholy, I don’t think it gives too much away to assure readers of something of a beautiful ending.

Available Now: Where My Heart Used to Beat

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