It takes a broken soul to understand another.
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly.
Title: The Beauty of Broken Things
Publication Date: Lake Union Publishing – June 09, 2020
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?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
The Beauty of Broken Things is a fascinating story about unimaginable suffering and heartbreaking grief.
Helen and Orla were cyber friends on an app called Galleria, an Instagram of sorts focused on artistic pictures.
Despite never having met in real life, the two women shared a genuine love for photography and became very close.
When Helen died in a train crash, her husband, Luke, found a gift Helen had bought for Orla and decided to deliver it in person. He did not expect to find out his wife’s friend was a recluse living isolated in an old castle.
The story is very touching. Orla suffered significant trauma and retreated from the world. Luke’s broken heart could reach her in ways that others could not.
What started as an awkward meeting evolved into a lovely friendship. Two people in their lowest low sticking together and helping each other.
The little coastal town of Lorford was a picturesque setting, and the side characters were adorable. My favorite was One Ear, the dog.
The heaviness of the theme was lightened by the sense of community and friendship. The book focuses on the characters’ achievements, and the bonds created rather than their pain.
The Beauty of Broken things is an inspiring and captivating read.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author:
Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.