The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James

Happy Tuesday all, I hope you’re having a good week, so far. Today is my stop on the Broken Hearts Book Club blog tour, hosted by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours.

The Broken Hearts Book Club is the second novel written by Lynsey James, and it’s all about Lucy Harper and her return to her childhood home.

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Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Carina UK
Published: 12th October 2015
Pages: 242 Pages

The Blurb
Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoidโ€ฆ

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the past she left behind โ€“ or spend the rest of her life on the runโ€ฆ

Rating: 4/5


The Review
Thank you to Jenny at Neverland Book Tours for the opportunity to be a part of the tour and also to read and review the novel.

Lucy Harper returns to her childhood home in Luna Bay to attend the funeral of her Nana Lily. Returning to the bay leaves Lucy feeling uneasy, there’s elements of her life that she wants to keep secret, but being back doesn’t help her situation.

During her Nana’s will reading, Lucy learns she is to inherit the Rose Cottage, a quaint little cottage that her Nana used to live in. Lucy is thrilled to hear the news, but not so much when she is told that in order to keep the cottage she needs to become chairman to a Broken Hearts Book Club. How can she deal with broken hearted people with the state she is in?

Lucy gets three months to make a difference and although she isn’t too keen on the idea, she gives it a go – what could possibly go wrong?

I quite liked Lucy’s character and the way she always wanted to help people. It’s a trait of mine that I quite like, I prefer to help other people before I help myself. Lucy just wanted people to be happy and that was evident when she became close to the members of the Broken Hearts Book Club. Each member of the club was suffering from the loss of a family member, friend or pet, and Lucy tried to help them develop a little happiness, whilst still remembering the ones they were grieving for.

I felt there were two main focuses to the novel, Lucy’s relationship with the book club and also, her relationship with pub landlord Jake. Personally, I preferred to read about the book club and if anything I hoped I could find out more about that side of the story. Lucy’s relationship with Jake, at times, was frustrating and I hated the will they/won’t they element. They clearly wanted to be with one another so they just needed to suck it up and get on with it! I’d say it was a little predictable, but love-stories have to be and it definitely wasn’t a negative within this novel.

Lynsey’s writing style is fantastic, the words on the page just float and you easily read the novel and have fun. I often found myself having a little giggle. Lucy has moments of madness and these helped a sad situation have a little happiness. Lucy sings a bit of Joni Mitchell at her Nana’s funeral – a little inappropriate, but a definite giggle moment. It makes Lucy seem like she doesn’t take herself seriously and is fun to be around, I’ll definitely take that as a good friend trait.


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