Friday, 23 October 2015

The Broken Hearts Book Club – by Lynsey James

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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 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...

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is Lynsey’s second book and I’m really happy and proud of her for that! I loved her debut novel Just The Way You Are and was really excited for her second novel.

The story follows 26-year-old Lucy Harper. She is an event organiser and lives in London. The death of her Nana brings her back home to Luna Bay. It’s hard for her to return, because of something that happened eight years ago. The mystery around that event follows us through the whole story, all we know is that it is connected to her then best friend Vicky.

Lucy doesn’t plan to stay in Luna Bay, but her Nana leaves her her cottage by the sea and also asks her to run The Broken Heart Books Club. Lucy stays and continues what her Nana started. She has a rough start though, with the cottage needing a lot of repairs and the book club not accepting new things she tries. There is also Vicky’s mum, who makes it very difficult for Lucy.

I was glad she had her mum and dad through that and also her best friends George and Elle (who is also connected to the thing that happened eight years ago).

At the pub The Purple Partridge Lucy meets Jake. The sparks fly immediately, but they take a while to really get closer. Jake also has a little secret that might be a bit surprising. I liked the two of them together, I felt however that their relationship develop too quickly and yay we’re in love was there too soon. We didn’t really get to read about how it all developed. When his ex comes back everything gets really complicated.

Weirdly enough I found it hard to relate to Lucy. She put a lot of heart and passion into the book club, but her way of thinking and some of her decisions just didn’t make any sense to me.
There very certain parts of the storyline that just didn’t feel authentic for me. Some actions were just weird in my eyes.

Yes, the story is predictable, but usually that doesn’t bother me, here it kind of did. I didn’t enjoy this story as much as Just The Way You Are, but I still think Lynsey is a really talented author.

I loved the setting of Luna Bay, Lynsey’s descriptions made the place seem so alive and wonderful. By the sea, just beautiful. There was Nana’s cottage set by the sea and also the pub, and especially The Broken Hearts Book Club. A great idea, all people with broken hearts sharing their life stories and exchanging thoughts about books. I found it a pity though that they didn’t like her new ideas at first. The books Lucy chose to read in the book club were really good and diverse, I liked the thoughts on the books.

I enjoyed reading this story, Lynsey’s writing makes it sweet and bubbly. You can feel that it comes from the heart.


My possible cast:

Lucy: Melanie Laurent

Jake: Colin Egglesfield

Author Bio

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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