Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James

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 avoid… 

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 secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run… 

I would like to thank author Lynsey James and Jenny Marston for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The book follows the story of Lucy when she returns to her home town of Luna Bay after the death of her Nana.  Lucy intends to stay for the funeral but her Nana has other ideas.

I liked Lucy from the offset and found myself cheering her on, even when she sings 'Big Yellow Taxi' at her Nanas funeral. She had lots of cringe worthy moments but the story is about her discovery and forgiving herself.

I found I didn't really care what she had done in the past, we all make mistakes and at times I found the tease of this to be a little annoying, I felt like screaming just tell us already.  I know it was one of the main points of the story her facing her demons but as a reader I wanted to know early on what they were, then I could cheer her on as she faced them.

I did like the hot pub landlord Jake and I found I wanted to know what he was hiding and I really wanted him and Lucy to get together.  The characters from the book club were a great addition to the story and my heart went out to them all.

An interesting take on the return to a town after a tragedy and really well written by Lynsey.  The whole story is really well put together and over all I really enjoyed it.

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!) 

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn't a "good option" and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven't looked back since. 

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O'Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It'll happen one day… 


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