Thursday 18 May 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

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Title:  The Last Piece of My Heart
Author: Paige Toon
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Supplied by publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 18th May 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it's the small pieces that make up the bigger picture... Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole's grieving husband, Charlie...

Easily one of my favourite Paige Toon books of all time, I just couldn't get enough of it, and found myself whizzing through the pages, hungrily taking each one in, while also wishing against all hope that the book would last longer than it did, so I could enjoy it for longer. 

There are multiple levels of story in this book, all of which overlap and added to my general enjoyment of the book.  We have the story of travel writer Bridget, who is hoping to track down all of her ex-boyfriends to regain the pieces of her heart that they carried with them when they split up. She is writing these up on a relationship blog that she is hoping to turn into a novel. 

There is the story of her current relationship with Elliot, which is long distance, but he has encouraged this quest of old boyfriends and isn't jealous.  There is the story of Bridget who has been co-erced to ghost write the sequel to a best selling novel as her writing style is similar to the author of the first book, who unfortunately passed away shortly after publication. 

We have the story of Bridget and Charlie, the grieving husband, and his very young daughter April. He insists that Bridget works from their office in Cornwall, and seeing how Bridget interacts with them was interesting, especially while she was reading the diaries of the departed author, to try and get inside her head properly. 

And finally we have the story of Kit, Morris and Timo the main characters in the book that Bridget is needing to write. They aren't her characters originally and she has to make the tough decisions on what direction the book needs to go in. 

These form the main elements of the book, along with a stunning back drop of Cornwall. There are some research day trips out in Cornwall that really conjured up the feel of the place in my mind. However for me the star of the book is April. She is an absolutely adorable baby that really makes Bridget reassess whether she likes children. April may be too young to talk but her actions really did count for a thousand words! 

The Last Piece of My Heart is a beautifully told story, that I don't think I could have enjoyed any more than I did. I absolutely loved it! 

Thank you so much to SJV at Simon & Schuster for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Giveaway to Win The Last Piece of My Heart (Europe Only)

I happen to have a spare copy of this fantastic book, which I am willing to giveaway to one lucky winner. 

Giveaway open to Europe Only, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 1/06/2017. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

Win The Last Piece of My Heart (Europe Only)

1 comment:

  1. I love Paige Toon - This book sounds like a good read and I love that it is set in Cornwall as I am venturing there next month!


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