Breathe by Kate Bishop

February 4, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

Breathe by Kate BishopBreathe by Kate Bishop
Published by Diversion Books on January 22, 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
Pages: 290
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Alex thought she had married the man of her dreams: successful, gorgeous, and delighted by her small-town charm. When he walks out six months later, proclaiming to have 'found himself' (with the help of a stunning yoga teacher), she 'finds herself' alone in an unfamiliar city, vengefully drinking through his prized wine collection, living on takeout, and refusing to answer the door. When this fails to cure her broken heart and bruised ego, she reluctantly allows her new friends to intervene. Slowly, Alex learns to define success on her own terms; she discovers the secret to love in all its forms, and the perfect flying crow pose, one breath at a time.

Breathe is a romance novel that explores the life of Alex, a young woman who marries the man of her dreams only for him to walk out on her a short six months later. Everything changed after Alex gave him that yoga mat, and she’s positive that yoga is a terrible thing and can’t help but blame yoga and her husband’s yoga teacher for how her life is turning out.

This was a funny, insightful book not just about moving on and finding love, but about finding and learning to love yourself in the process of living. Alex learns to cope with her husband leaving her, she learns yoga, and she learns to truly enjoy her life the way it is now while taking steps for a better future, learning what she loves about herself along the way. 

The book originally appealed to me because it’s a romance that also included yoga, something I’ve never read before but as a devoted yoga student I had to give this a try. And I’m thrilled that I did. Breathe was an absolute delight to read. It’s both light-hearted and serious in turn, and truly explores both what love and yoga are all about.

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