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A heart wrenching, broken into a million pieces, book yet so beautifully heart warming, join those pieces back together. This was one of a kind. Author Victoria Connelly’s words had emotions seeped into it where every broken thing had an alluring beauty. Damaged souls healed together in the plot by the strength of the tapestry that weaved them together by the author. The prose left me awed.

Luke lost his wife Helen in a train accident, and Orla had a secret haunted past. Both Helen and Orla followed each other on the photography app Galleria. Helen had bought a gift for Orla, and Luke brought it to the old castle that Orla resided in. This was their journey of healing and finding life’s simple joys.

My first book by this author, and WOW!! My breath got caught in my chest when emotions choked me. The two characters, struck down by life and its sudden incidents, had me longing to hug them. There was pain in their voices, I hoped they would heal soon. Landscapes lyrically described, the other characters brought out the gentleness of the story. Each page added to the richness of the plot, an understanding to life.

The author’s brilliant hand with the warmth in the story brought me nearly to tears while making me smile. Every moment spent in the book was a journey into the beauty of broken things.

Simply brilliant.

I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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?

Publication Date: June 2020

10 Responses

  1. I love it when I identify so much with a character that I have to step back and remind myself, “It’s only a story. She (or he) is not real.” This sounds like that kind of book.

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