#BlogTour THE BEAUTY OF BROKEN THINGS by VICTORIA CONNELLY #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for the wonderful THE BEAUTY OF BROKEN THINGS by VICTORIA CONNELLY.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book,  putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Beauty of Broken Things

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

Purchase Links 

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Aus: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

MY REVIEW

I adored this book! It shows the power of gaining strength from others which allows you to heal and move on from tragic events – ones you think you will never get over.  And it’s also made me want to start a collection of ‘broken things’! Finding beauty in things that are imperfect – very difficult in this world we live in where ‘perfection’ is what is craved.  And those imperfections are what keeps Orla hidden away after an appalling tragedy.  Even her own mother thinks it’s for the best that she is kept out of public view! So Orla just has the company of her dog, and her imperfect collection of china  – forever fearful of the outside world.  But through her photography she reaches out to many others, one of those being Helen who admires her work and dreams of setting up as a photographer herself.  The women build up a friendship through internet messages – until one day the messages stop coming.

Luke is married to Helen and is devastated by her sudden and tragic loss.  He feels rudderless without her and finds out so much about her that he didn’t know about through her journal.  So through photos, he tracks down Orla to pass on a gift that Helen bought for her and that starts an amazing bond between them both that starts the healing process. Isn’t it amazing how some are quick to want to help heal others before even beginning to heal themselves? Sometimes the ones doing the saving are the ones that need saving themselves!

As Orla opens up about her past, you totally understand why she is so reluctant to trust others but as she starts seeing the goodness in people she gains more confidence and starts thinking about rebuilding her life once more.  And through helping Orla, Luke is made to face up to life after Helen and it was emotional at times watching them both go through the healing process. It’s a beautifully written book and the characters are so well crafted that you can’t help but not take them to your hearts.

It’s a lovely touching novel and inspiring to watch the progress they both make in helping one another through the tougher times of grief and fear.

★★★★★

Oops I did it again…. #bookhaul

Ok, so I can explain……. I took a huge box of about 20 books to the charity shop this morning so was feeling rather smug and pleased with myself! I found it quite cleansing to let go of books that I’d read, or didn’t have the LOVE for anymore!! But……then BOOKS happened!! I tried to resist but you know when that book buying urge hits you, it CANNOT be reasoned with so I ended up just going with the flow and ‘adopted’ a few new reads which I thought I’d share with you now….. I know I’m amongst friends here who will help me justify this kind of behaviour…..right?!!!! Please!!!!!!

COMING HOME TO THE COMFORT FOOD CAFE by DEBBIE JOHNSON

Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…

When Zoe’s best friend Kate dies of breast cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Within hours, she goes from being the wacky neighbour who can barely keep a houseplant alive to a whole new world of responsibility when she realises she’s guardian to Kate’s 16-year-old daughter, Martha.

Moving to the little village of Budbury in the West Country, Zoe hopes the fresh Dorset sea breeze and the gentle pace of life will help them heal.

Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the Comfort Food Cafe provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for…

CHRISTMAS AT THE LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY by JENNY COLGAN

Welcome back to Mount Polbearne! The new book from Top Ten bestseller Jenny Colgan is full of festive joy, warmth and the best hot chocolate you can imagine…

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting.Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She’s at her happiest when she’s creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She’s determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always work out as planned…

When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

LETTERS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE by EMMA CARROLL

We weren’t supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren’t even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.

*WINNER* BOOKS ARE MY BAG MIDDLE GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH MAY 2017
THE BOOKSELLER EDITOR’S 9-12 PICK OF THE MONTH
THE TIMES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

THE SUMMER SEASIDE KITCHEN by JENNY COLGAN

Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel.

When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies…

Let Jenny Colgan make your dreams come true!

THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING by KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

From the author of the bestselling tale The Girl of Ink & Starscomes a beautiful new adventure about finding your way home.

There are some places you would not want to go. Even if I told you that we have oceans filled with sea turtles and dolphins, or forests lush with parrots that call through air thick with warmth… Nobody comes here because they want to.
The island of no return.

Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

LOVE IN AN ENGLISH GARDEN by VICTORIA CONNELLY

The Jacobs family has lived at Orley Court for generations. But when Vanessa Jacobs’s husband dies and leaves the property to her, she finds costs spiralling out of control. In order to stay in their beloved home, she and her daughters will have to sell part of it off—a decision that drives a wedge between Vanessa and her live-in mother-in-law.

The new owners of the north wing are Laurence Sturridge and his father, Marcus. Laurence wants to escape the constant pressure of his corporate job in London, while Marcus longs to heal from the grief of losing his wife. Could the beauty of Orley Court offer them a fresh outlook on life?

As the two families embark on a challenging new chapter over the course of a glorious English summer, secrets are revealed and relationships tested. But as Orley Court begins to weave its magic over them, will it be love, above all, that brings the two families together?

CHRISTMAS CAKES AND MISTLETOE NIGHTS by CAROLE MATTTHEWS

Indulge in this wonderful, cake-filled novel of romance and friendship. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews doing what she does best!

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing!

Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it?

Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny? Can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights.

 

They were all books I needed weren’t they?!!  So those nice gaps I had on my bookshelves this morning are set to be filled in once more…. and the cycle of a bookworm life begins again!!!  😉

HAPPY READING!!