Welcome to my stop on The Broken Hearts Book Club blog tour which has been organised by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy your time here.
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…
It’s not every day you inherit a book club, let alone a broken hearts book club. Having returned to Luna Bay after an eight year absence for her Nana Lily’s funeral this is exactly what happens to Lucy.
Lucy having spent eight years in London, and experienced a trauma last time she was in Luna Bay, is still relatively naive. On meeting the new landlord of the local pub, Jake, this naïveté really stands out, and her moments with him whilst amusing are also a little sad.
Lucy has a propensity to burst into song at in opportune moments, bad songs, bad moments, a nervous tick in vocal form. I feel for her things like this are awful in social situations and can make anixity-riddled situations much worse.
The trauma which drove Lucy away from the bay is drawn out quite a lot, it starts to become this carrot which is dangled but you think you will never know the actual details. I think more could have been done with it with an earlier reveal and more details.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Lynsey James offers up a feel-good page-turner here. Her writing style is a familiar hug to keep you warm on a cold day and it’s friendly tone, her comfort in using an informal dialect will draw you in and make you feel at home.
About Lynsey James:
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…
Title: The Broken Hearts Book Club
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 12 October 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
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