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#5*Review for The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly

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?

My Review:

This is such an emotive read, absolutely fabulous IMHO. It is a story of two people struggling to cope with very different life changing events who are brought together by tragedy and, despite adversity, move on with their lives. They are both emotionally scarred and their wounds are still healing. It is only after meeting each other that they can endeavour to help each other.

The untimely and tragic death of his wife, Helen, is devastating for Luke Hansard. It is only when he discovers a present she had purchased for BB, an online photographer friend, that he has a new purpose in life. He’s determined to deliver the present and to let BB know about Helen’s passing. Discovering just where BB lives is a detective story but even when he finds that out and endeavours to deliver the present he is shocked that BB is actually Orla Kendrick and that she is a recluse. He sets out to follow Helen’s dream of helping Orla get back out into the world little realising just why she has chosen to shut herself away or the danger he is putting her in….

This is a powerful, moving read with well developed characters, a delightful, supportive community and a superb story to escape into. It has elements of mystery, suspense, discover and danger in an enthralling story of supporting and healing. I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it! It is another brilliant story from this talented author and one that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.

Purchase Links

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Aus: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Author Bio –

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 million-selling 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 –


Instagram: @victoriaconnellyauthor


Facebook: @victoriaconnellyauthor


Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

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