Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Book Review - Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell

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Title: Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart
Author: Katey Lovell
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 9th January 2020
Rating: 4 Stars

When you know how, you can make anything from scratch, including a new life after love...
When Leanne and Richard bought a dilapidated old seaside cottage to renovate together as their forever home, their future was full of hope and promise.

But heartbreak was just around the corner: fast forward a few months and Richard is gone. With his death, Leanne finds herself stony broke, faced with an uninhabitable home and lacking even the basic skills to do it up herself.

With the help of the friendly woman who runs the library and the reluctant assistance of the man who works in the local hardware shop, the cottage is lovingly restored. But broken hearts aren't so easy to fix... are they?

A really lovely heartwarming story, about moving on after becoming widowed. 

For Leanne didn't really have much choice, she needed to move into cottage that she had bought with Richard, believing it to be their forever home, just months after he dies, as circumstances meant she couldn't stay living where she was. 

On getting to Seaglass Cottage by herself it soon becomes apparent that although it will look fabulous once its done up properly, that its kind of a wreck, but with no money, she has to try to do something. 

Meeting the locals in the village and starting to feel some sense of community is great for her, and soon it becomes apparent that Leanne is far more resourceful than she thought, and really is able to make do, and learn new skills. 

I really enjoyed seeing how Leanne was able to turn things around, this is not a sad book mired in grief, rather a hopeful one of how you can turn your life around, from the most terrible of situations. 

It's just such a cosy story, I loved seeing how Leanne developed, how she coped and all the new friends she was making.  There are two special mentions I'd like make - Milo is utterly adorable and always a joy to see him in scenes,  and also I really really want to visit the ice cream parlour on the beach front, what delicious sounding flavours there are. 

I really enjoyed reading this, and am delighted to see that Katey Lovell had in fact released a new book. I just hope the wait isn't as long for her next one. 

Thank you to Quercus and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

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