I have wanted to read a book by Lisa T. Bergren for some time. I have read many good things about this author, so I had high expectations for Breathe. I enjoyed how the author told not only Odessa’s story, but also set up the characters for her next two books in the series. I liked getting to know Odessa and her siblings. I also liked the insight the author gave into how a person with consumption lived back in the late 1800’s. Also, it was interesting to see how she used real historical people and events for this fictional story.
Breathe was good, but not overly amazing. It had a simplistic, extremely predictable plot. I knew what was going to happen fifty pages ahead of when it happened. Nothing too thrilling occurred. Nothing really made my pulse race or my heart beat faster—both signs of a wonderful, can’t-put-it-down book. It turned out exactly as I thought it would. But Breathe was interesting because of the history presented within its pages. Also, the author is almost poetic sometimes, which I enjoyed. All in all, a good read, but not spectacular. I give it three out of five stars.