This is a gentle, sensitive story about tragedy, loss, healing and hope. It will warm your heart despite being incredibly sad and is a stark reminder that life is for the living.
Luke adores his young wife Helen, and when she is tragically taken from him in a freak accident, he has no idea how he can every pick up the pieces and carry on with his life. In the aftermath of Helen’s death, Luke takes comfort from the online site where she posted her beloved photographs and shared anecdotes with fellow photographers about their craft. He particularly focuses on one individual that he knows his wife had developed a friendship with and who had been a big inspiration to her in pursuing her work more positively. Known only as BB (Beautifully Broken), he discovers that Helen had recently purchased a gift that she intended to send to this person, but never got around to doing so. He decides that this is something he can do in his late wife’s memory.
But finding BB is no easy task, and eventually after some amateur sleuthing of his own, with the help of his architectural background and knowledge, Luke manages to narrow down the area that BB lives in – accurate to the actual village itself! And he sets off with Helen’s gift to do this one thing that his wife never got around to doing. He doesn’t factor in the possibility that maybe BB doesn’t actually want to be found, and maybe that’s why she hides behind her photographs.
Orla hides herself in Lorford Castle and has done so for two years now. She’s had her fair share of misfortune, and knows that she’s better off far away from people and the hurt they can cause. But when Luke shows up and tells her that her online friend (Trees and Friends – Helen’s online handle) is dead, she isn’t sure what to do. Should she let him into the castle and her life? Can two broken souls help each other to heal again?
Told with warmth and compassion, and accompanied by a truly wonderful cast of supporting characters (including a fabulous dog), The Beauty of Broken Things is about how it just might be possible to put ourselves back together once we’ve been broken beyond all recognition. And maybe a crack and a chip might still show here and there, but therein lies the beauty! Our scars are what make us who we are, and our perfect imperfections are what make us whole again.
This is a really gorgeous 5-star read, told with Victoria Connelly’s unique empathy and consideration for the human spirit and its ability to endure extreme hardship and return fighting, stronger than ever!
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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.
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