How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell #bookreview @AnnaMansell



Three strangers. Three broken hearts. Three shots at happiness.

Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and Susan arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.

Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.

Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort in the form of his brother’s girlfriend.

But then a call from Kat brings the enigmatic Susan into his life…

As the lives of these three lost strangers intertwine, will they find a way to lay ghosts past, present and future to rest? And when the chance comes to mend their broken hearts, will they be brave enough to take it?

Heart-wrenching and absorbing, How to Mend a Broken Heart is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.


My Review – 4 stars

I was expecting a chick-lit, light-hearted read despite the title.

It’s definitely not.

What I found was a wonderful, deep story taking in some very serious topics. Relationship break-ups, adoption, suicide. All tackled perfectly by the author. Some very thought provoking situations.

I liked the pace of the story and the chapters told from the perspective of each of the main characters, and during a busy week I was able to pick it up and not lose my way.

The characters were really likeable and had good depth. Things from the past were uncovered, and I felt I knew the path the story would take. I was right, but in a good way I was glad I was. I don’t always want to read a twisty-turny story.

What the author gives is a story of friendship, kindness and a togetherness of strangers brought together.

I’m a great advocate of being nice to people and this shows it off to its full advantage.

Thank you Anna for writing such a lovely story.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.

Publication date 1st March 2017

Get your copy here How to Mend a Broken Heart


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