Wow, what an emotional roller-coaster of a read!
How To Mend a Broken Heart has been on my Netgalley list for far too long so I thought it was about time I bumped it to the top of my list. I am amazed this is a debut novel! Having said that, I knew I was in for a treat as it is published by Bookouture. They have some of the most amazing authors after all.
Anna Mansell has created the most beautifully written, heart-wrenching story here and doesn’t shy away from tackling some sensitive and difficult subjects with care and consideration, including suicide, adoption and abandonment. Not to mention the devastating feeling of having your heart trampled on by someone you loved and trusted.
Kat has just split up from her boyfriend of five years, Daniel. It was his choice to leave and Kat is understandably devastated. However, she is embarking on a promotion at work so is trying her best to focus on that. When a lady called Susan is admitted to her ward after attempting to take her own life, she has no idea where this lady’s story will lead. It will certainly help her to take her mind of missing Daniel.
Kat is an instantly likeable character, as are most of the characters in this story. Her fear of being alone forever and her self-doubt where her career is concerned makes her very real and believable. I did enjoy the banter between her and her best friend too. It was quite amusing at times. I was praying that she might give the handsome consultant a chance as he came across as one too good to turn down. Life is too short to waste it on those not worthy of our affections.
Rhys is another character I warmed to immediately and I loved his Mum. I can’t even imagine going through what they have both gone through, since losing Rhys’ brother, and my heart went out to them on more than one occasion. I imagined Rhys to be quite fit too! Hard-working and easygoing on the whole, but with the weight of the world on his shoulders. A proper decent bloke who has been dealt his fair share of heartache.
Susan is a tortured soul and I couldn’t help but feel for her. She has basically been existing for nearly 40 years, feeling unworthy of leading a fulfilled life, having to keep the most heart-breaking secret for all that time. I can only imagine! Now her parents have both passed away, she feels she has no purpose any more. That is until she has an unexpected visitor in hospital.
The story is told from the prospectives of Kat, Rhys and Susan and it flows perfectly as each chapter has the character’s name at the start. I found myself completely invested in these character’s and their stories to the point where I found myself thinking of them often when I wasn’t reading. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out if they all got the happy endings they deserve.
This story has made me smile a lot and cry a lot. It is so full of raw emotion which just oozes off the page. It also has it’s lighter and happier moments which make it an uplifting read overall. I have absolutely loved it!
Many thanks to the author and Bookouture for my mobi copy via Netgalley.
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