Title: The Broken Hearts Book Club
Author: Lynsey James
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 12.10.2015
The blurb says:
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 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…
The Broken Hearts Book Club is a lovely and entertaining read with an interesting storyline and a few twists to it.
Lucy is a very quirky, caring and likeable character who struggles with guilt over and consequences from an event in her past. This event made her leave the little Yorkshire village she called home for London and it also makes her run away from relationships every time someone starts getting close to her.
Although it’s not until near the end that the reader finds out what happened to Lucy, it gets hinted at a lot throughout the book and a few of the secret’s layers are revealed as the story unfolds. It definitely kept me wondering and speculating throughout the book.
The story is narrated from Lucy’s point of view and includes a lot of direct speech. While Lucy’s voice suits her character, I felt that some of the other characters’ voices weren’t always quite distinctive enough. Sometimes I found it a tad difficult to distinguish between Lucy’s speech and those of her best friends. At times I also felt the book a bit repetitive as Lucy kept mentioning the same details over and over again.
The book club isn’t quite as prominent in the story as the title would have one expect. Still, it does make regular appearances and I particularly liked the mention of the various books they read. I did, however, keep wondering how quickly all the members read, especially since they all had jobs and book club meetings seemed to take place weekly. Having said that, the timeline wasn’t always very clear, not just in relation to book club meetings.
The book ended on a happy note. I thought it was perhaps a teensy bit rushed towards the end, particularly as the lead-up to it unfolded much more slowly.
Nonetheless, The Broken Hearts Book Club is a lovely and feel-good read, which even had me laughing out loud at times, especially when Lucy randomly started singing!
I would recommend the book to readers of chick lit. Considering the low price, one really cannot go wrong buying it.
I rate this book three and a half palm trees.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book for free from Carina UK via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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