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Emotive and moving yet funny read -How Much Wine Will Fix My Broken Heart? by Kristen Bailey

Title: How Much Wine Will Fix My Broken Heart?

Series: The Callaghan Sisters #4

Author: Kristen Bailey

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: June 30th, 2021

Pages: 288

Rating: 4* 

My Review

It seems strange to describe this as a comedy, but it really is, despite that it is about grief, loss and life. Grace was devastated when her husband, Tom, was diagnosed with testicular cancer and died soon after. He was always such a cheerful person, making the most of life’s opportunities and he’s determined Grace will do the same after he has gone. He leaves her a letter, challenging her in a positive way and giving detailed instructions for her to follow…..

There’s no time limit to grief and it isn’t the same for any two people. This is the story of how Grace, her family, friends and Tom. It is shared through his letters to Grace, discussions of past events and planning for the future. Her two adopted children are key to many of the encounters, adding their own support and interpretation to everything. This is an inspirational story about moving on, opening your heart, remembering loved ones and being willing to risk loving again. With marvellous memories, wonderful wine, great friends, loving sisters, delightful children and lots of support, maybe Grace can learn to live again.

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.


Are you suffering from a broken heart? Searching for the right medicine? Staring down the barrel of being single and not knowing where to start? Learn from Grace Callaghan! She’s done it all:

  • Wine is the answer. Some serving-size suggestions include: a glass the size of your head, a bathtub, an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Best served chilled, and with a straw.
  • Friends with benefits is always an option. Be prepared for side effects such as the guy saying ‘baby’, crying out his ex’s name and preferring to keep his socks on.
  • Going ‘out out’ helps banish the blues. It may involve breaking into replica ships from the fifteenth century, screaming ‘Aye-aye, Captain!’ and accidentally falling off the plank.
  • Karaoke makes everything better. Best enjoyed singing Enrique Iglesias, followed by an extra-large serving of fries.

Three years ago, when Grace’s heart was blown to smithereens, she made a promise to protect herself. But has she gone too far? Has she played it too safe? Should she take a leap into the unknown, messy business of the heart? Because maybe, just maybe, she could learn to love again…

This hilarious and totally gripping tale is for anyone who’s questioned their qualifications at life, and learned that a little bit of wine goes a long way! Fans of Shari Low, Sophie Kinsella and Why Mummy Drinks, be warned: prepare for odd looks when reading this in public due to the ugly laughing it induces.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://bit.ly/2UsYht1

Apple: https://apple.co/2OaoedY

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3dtl11I

Google: https://bit.ly/3cIhk9a

Author Bio:

Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen also writes. She has had short fiction published in several publications including Mslexia & Riptide. Her first two novels, Souper Mum and Second Helpings were published in 2016. In 2019, she was long listed in the Comedy Women in Print Prize and has since joined the Bookouture family. She writes women’s fiction and she hopes her novels have fresh and funny things to say about modern life, love and family.

Social Media Links:

You can find out more about her at her website: www.kristenbaileywrites.com.

You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.




2 comments on “Emotive and moving yet funny read -How Much Wine Will Fix My Broken Heart? by Kristen Bailey

  1. Carla
    July 4, 2021

    Great review Elaine. That is not what I thought this book was about.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Splashes Into Books
      July 4, 2021

      It wasn’t what I’d anticipated, either, but that isn’t to the story’s detriment – it was a lot more emotional than I expected from something that’s a romcom, but it is definitely about life, living and laughter.

      Liked by 1 person

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