A Review of A Beholden Heart by M.L. Steinbrunn

Pages Abound is thrilled to bring you our review of this outstanding piece of writing! Beautiful. Poignant. Inspiring.

Title: A Beholden Heart

Author: M.L. Steinbrunn

Genre: YA/NA Romance

Release Date: January 15, 2016

Have you ever looked around at your life and thought to yourself, this can’t be what the universe had planned for me?

This thought enters my brain…Every. Single. Day.

I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing, but this isn’t it.

I don’t want extraordinary. I’ve never wanted extraordinary. I just want normal…whatever that is.

When I enrolled in Middleton High School, I was just looking to find some resemblance to the typical high school experience.

Then I met Matt Rhodes. He lives the life of envy: popular, athletic, top of his class. Yet he wants none of it; he would gladly give it all up to gain back everything that he’s lost.

Together we will redefine normal.


A 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review of A BEHOLDEN HEART by M.L. Steinbrunn
By Amy at Pages Abound
A Beholden Heart is an extremely heartwarming, emotional, and beautifully told story about the impact one person can have on others. Through selfless acts of kindness, acceptance, and a love for light, even in the midst of darkness, one girl’s impact on a small community has life changing power for those with whom she comes into contact.
After learning that her family was moving to London, Gwen finally sees a way to learn to stand on her own and find the freedom to make her own decisions, something she feared would never happen. Gwen refuses to go with her family, wishing to complete her senior year in the states. Living with her grandmother in a small, rural town, Gwen must start over; however, Gwen is looking forward to this new adventure. Although the transition is not easy, Gwen looks for ways to live and develop friendships, something that has eluded her, and seeks adventure she least expected. But will her choices have greater consequences than she ever expected?

Written from dual points of view, both Gwen and Matt will take you on a coming of age journey as a girl discovers a love for life and helps others find the power and strength within themselves to accept the challenges life gives rather than to adhere to the pressures placed upon them by others.

Be prepared– this book will have you laughing, smiling, and crying as you become part of the group touched by Gwen and her amazing outlook on life!
An outstanding read that will have you thinking about your own interaction with others! A MUST READ!



This is my first book of 2016 and the bar has been set high indeed for those that follow. As I write this at 430AM with tears streaming down my face, I know that this book has taken my heart and changed it.“- 5 Star Goodreads Review



“Thanks so much for sharing the book with me ML Steinbrunn. Thank you for the laughs, friendships and living life to the fullest. This book truly was a real inspiration …” – 4.5 Star Review Four Chicks Flipping Pages

(Special thanks to Four Chicks Flipping Pages)

(Special thanks to Dani Rene Author)

My name is M.L. Steinbrunn and I am a young adult and contemporary romance author. My work includes the popular Redemption Series and a young adult series, which includes my new release, A Beholden Heart. 

In addition to writing, I work full-time as a high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where my husband and I are raising our four young children. Through education I have enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their own stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was my husband who encouraged me to follow my own path of self-publishing.

I want to send a huge thank you to those who have been overwhelmingly supportive of this journey. 

–M.L. Steinbrunn



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