Thank you to the author and Rachel for my copy of The Beauty of Broken Things!
Even though I had signed up for the blog tour, I wasn’t sure about the book. However, my mind was made up by the time I had reached around 23% of the way–this is a beautiful novel about healing, having faith, and the power of companionship.
This should teach me not to have any preconceived notions about a book based on the blurb and the cover.
Through the pain of losing a loved one, Luke reaches out to a stranger (Orla) who gradually becomes a dear friend. Orla’s attempts to reintegrate into the normal world and her transformation from a recluse to a self-confident woman are realistically described.
It is clear to readers just how difficult some commonplace things like answering the door, meeting strangers, or stepping out to the grocery store can be for people who have faced traumatic experiences.
An empathetic, heartwarming story about two unlikely friends helping each other pick up the broken pieces of each other’s soul, work through the trauma, and emerge whole from the experience.
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication date: June 9, 2020
Trigger warnings: Acid burn victim, loss of a spouse
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?
About Victoria Connelly
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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