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“The Beauty of Broken Things” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a lovely week. Mine was interesting and full of books, since I spend most of my time reading. And today I have a review to share with you guys.

“The Beauty of Broken Things”, written by Victoria Connelly, is a romance novel published June 9th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Potential Trigger Warning: Acid burn victim. Loss of a spouse

About the Author

Victoria Connelly Photo

Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

My Review

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read by Victoria Conelly, and I must say, I loved this book even more than the previous ones I have read. I enjoyed every book I have read by this author, so far, but this one took me to a different mind set, a thought provoking story really.

A beautiful story that follows Luke Hansard and Orla Kendrick, through a journey of connecting with other, going through grief, and finally getting some much needed healing done. Both characters were very realistic, and despite the fact that I have not went through the same tribulation as they did, I still found myself feeling empathy and understanding them.

There are so many details in this story that make it so special. From the characters’ past, their struggles, their emotional state, their goals, their connection… From the descriptions, the narrative, the dialogues… From the images and the feelings behind the scenes… There was a lot that caught my attention, and that made it possible for me to get a big picture of the story.

Overall, I couldn’t put it down, it was late night and I was still reading. I was captivated by the heartwarming story that made me emotional, as well as wondering about life. About Luke and Orla’s lives. The hope and love in the pages. The friendship and the strength.

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