Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Book Review - The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell

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Title:  The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart
Author: Anna Bell
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied ARC
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 10th March 2016 
Rating: 5 Stars

Abi's barely left her bed since Joseph, the love of her life, dumped her, saying they were incompatible. 

When Joseph leaves a box of her possessions on her doorstep, she finds a bucket list of ten things she never knew he wanted to do. What better way to win him back than by completing the list, and proving they're a perfect match?

But there's just one problem - or rather, ten. Abi's not exactly the outdoorsy type, and she's absolutely terrified of heights - not ideal for a list that includes climbing a mountain, cycling around the Isle of Wight and, last but not least, abseiling down the tallest building in town . . . 

Completing the list is going to need all Abi's courage - and a lot of help from her friends. But as she heals her broken heart one task at a time, the newly confident Abi might just have a surprise in store . 

Do you have a bucket list? Does it have things on it that terrify you? Have you ever considered doing someone else's bucket list even though most of the items on it are your idea of a terrifying and miserable time? Well when Abi is dumped by Joseph, and he returns some of her things, she finds his bucket list in the box too.

And so Abi decides that moping won't get him back ,but showing how compatible they really are, by achieving his bucket list, and posting photos all over Facebook to show him what he's missing, is the best way to try to get him back. 

Abi decides she has to do the list in the shortest time frame possible, so that Joseph hasn't had a chance to meet anyone else.  Thus you are in for a hectic fast paced few months during this book, as Abi challenges herself, and also has to deal with trouble at work too. 

Amongst the items on the list are, cycling around the Isle of Wight (Abi can't recall when she was last on a bike), abseiling down the Spinnaker (with  a massive fear of heights), learning to windsurf, and climbing one of the four peaks.  For a not outdoorsy person this all a bit of  steep ask, so she is grateful when new friend Ben offers to help with some of the tasks. 

Seeing Abi change and gain in confidence as she attempts the various items of the list, is awe inspiring, or it would be if she was doing it for herself, and not just to get back her boyfriend, who doesn't sound that great in the first place. 

This a fast paced book, with a lot of emphasis on the bucket list, which gives the story a good reason to move on. There are some great one liners in the book which had me laughing out loud, and this is a fabulous romantic comedy. 

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart is a feel good, entertaining story, which a good amount of adrenalin thrown in too, some of the tasks were leaving me breathless, just thinking about them. I read this on Valentines Day, and its made me feel so much better about being single, and I'd love to say its inspired me to create my own bucket list (but I'm just not that sort of person. )

Thanks to Emily Burns at Zaffre for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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