Thursday, 19 November 2015

Book Review: The Broken Hearts Book Club | 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 past she left behind – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

The Broken Hearts Book Club is the second novel by Lynsey James – don’t miss her brilliantly funny debut Just the Way You Are

My Review

As many of you are probably already aware, I was suitably impressed with Lynsey’s debut novel ‘Just the Way You Are’, so much so that I had a difficult time remaining patient for her next book. As Lynsey will probably remember, we had many lovely conversations about her writing progress and just how excited I was to read ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’. Well, what can I say other than I was not disappointed in the slightest.

For her second novel, Lynsey takes us into the world of Luna Bay where our leading lady Lucy Harper has had to return to attend to the details and memories as a result of her Nana Lily’s funeral. What was originally intended as a brief visit, resulted in a slightly extended stay. From the start of this book I was completely immersed in the world and I really liked our leading lady Lucy. We are pulled into a heavy amount of drama over something that happened 8 years ago. What that event is left a mystery, but there are many residents of Luna Bay that insist on reminding Lucy of the effect it had on the town.

When Lucy learns of her inheritance of her nana’s cottage and the book club, things are shall we say a little more eventful and dramatic than Lucy had originally hoped for. There were many occasions where I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened next, in regard to the people of the book club finding out the conditions of Lucy’s inheritance. Dramatic stuff for sure. 

Luckily through all of this Lucy has her mum and dad and her two best friends George and Elle, they are all wonderfully written characters and the bond between them all is clear and wonderfully constructed. Not only does she have her family and friends, but Lucy also happens to meet a very handsome chap in the form of The Purple Partridge’s sexy landlord Jake. The relationship between these two is real and raw because they are both trying to enter this new relationship while still dealing with their own baggage. As we get towards the last third of the book, their relationship has to deal with a few big bumps along the way and it gripped me to the point of frustration. That is only a good thing because I felt every single emotion that was portrayed in this book, and I was left feeling extremely satisfied with how the book ended.

This is a wonderfully romantic and gripping read that goes really well with a snuggly blanket and a squishy sofa to curl up on. 

I give this fab book a lovely 10/10

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About The Author

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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