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Peek Inside The Heartbeat Hypothesis

Audra Madison has a second chance at life and she’s got a plan: Go to college. Get a tattoo. Date. You know, live. Now she wants to give Jake her heart, but he isn’t sure it’s hers to give

The Heartbeat Hypothesis

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"Beautifully flawed characters woven into a brilliant tapestry of the human condition. Utterly unputdownable. Frydman delivers a gut-punching ugly cry with this stunning debut."
- CM McCoy, author of EERIE

Falling for him was not part of the plan...

Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here.

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.

Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become.

But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself.
And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.


"Beautifully flawed characters woven into a brilliant tapestry of the human condition. Utterly unputdownable. Frydman delivers a gut-punching ugly cry with this stunning debut.CM McCoy, author of EERIE

"Gorgeous book! I was sucked in right from the first page! This story was beautiful!" - Dani B., review

"I'm kind of floored by the awesomeness that is Lindsey Frydman's imagination. The Heartbeat Hypothesis is an achingly beautiful story of young love and friendship in a painfully real world -- and it's Frydman's debut novel?!? This is the kind of book you stay up all night to read in one sitting." - Fic Central

"You'll need a few tissues for the ending but all in all it was a great debut novel and I look forward to new books by Ms. Frydman." - Teresa, review

"I loved reading this book. The focus on grief, healing and a chance meeting of two people drawn together by a situation made this worth every bit of attention." - Dora Okeyo, author of I Love You This Much

"A tragic and heartwarming story! The story goes in a direction I did not anticipate and it was refreshing that it was not predictable. Although some tissues were required, I never had a moment when I wanted to stop reading." - Wendy R., review

"Overall, Ms. Frydman has penned a fantastic read in this debut book, which was filled with plenty of emotion that I felt along with the characters, especially the heroine." - Bec, Book Magic - Under a Spell With Every Page

"This was a poignant, heartbreaking, romantic read. It made me cry on the train--which is always the sign of a talented writer! I look forward to her next book!" - Beth Miller, author of A Star to Steer Her By

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758827
Release Date: Mar 20, 2017
Page Count: 323
Imprint: embrace
Genre: new adult, new adult contemporary
Tropes: second chance

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By C.M. February 26, 2017

Full review coming!
I absolutely cannot wait to share this awesome book with you guys!
Look for the cover reveal + AWESOME sterling silver "Follow Your Heart" Necklace giveaway on 28 Feb on my blog: ...more

By Holly March 01, 2017


By Teresa March 10, 2017

**I received a copy of Heartbeat Hypothesis from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman is the author's debut novel and after reading this story I have to say that it was a great first novel. It did drag a big... ...more

By Dora March 06, 2017

For starters, I would like to thank Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me this arc in exchange for a honest review.

I loved reading this book.
The focus on grief, healing and a chance meeting of two people drawn together by a situation made this worth every bit of attention. ...more

By Dani March 01, 2017

Gorgeous book! I was sucked in right from the first page! This story was beautiful! It was about forgiving and moving on, doing things that make you happy. And even if something bad happens, you just have to have faith that you'll make it out to the other side. 5 stars! ...more

By Bec March 08, 2017

4.5 Stars

Audra Madison knows she's lucky to have gotten a second chance at life when she received Emily Cavanaugh's heart. Now she's determined not to let anything stand in her way of living life to the fullest and creating memories that Emily should have been experiencing. But first she needs s... ...more

By Sienna March 10, 2017

I won't lie, the cover caught my interest with this book the most. I love photography and I was I excited to see how the author wound that theme into the main plot of this book.

In general The Heartbeat Hypothesis was a good read. It had a steady pace that built slowly and Audra and Jake's friend... ...more

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Lindsey Frydman

About the author

Lindsey Frydman

Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you'll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it's the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community. THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is her debut novel.

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