Anna Mansell – How To Mend A Broken Heart

A compelling, heartbreaking tale that will make you laugh, cry and believe in the kindness of strangers. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.

Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and a patient arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.

Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.

Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort in the form of his brother’s girlfriend.

Complicated is an understatement.

As the lives of these three lost strangers intertwine, will they find a way to lay ghosts past, present and future to rest? And when the chance comes to mend their broken hearts, will they be brave enough to take it?


4 out of 5 stars

I’m a little worried that if I go in to too much detail with this one, I’ll give something away. So rather than my normal summary you’ll just get this – 3 strangers who are seemingly unconnected. This book is about their lives and how they’re more involved than we, or they, think.

From the cover and the description I thought I’d be reading a typical chick-lit book but maybe I should have looked a little closer! This book wasn’t like I’d imagined – but it was much better. We follow the lives of 3 characters and find out how they’re involved with each other, leaving us guessing the whole way through. I must say that I hate being wrong (if in doubt just ask my boyfriend and my mum about the potato masher) but I was quite happy to be wrong a few times with this book. I couldn’t read it fast enough which is always a good sign.

There were quite a few points that left me feeling sad and upset for everyone who’d gone through a heartbreak or grief, or all of those who have it to come. But through all the sadness, it was uplifting and hopeful. It made me believe in the kindness of strangers, in love and in forgiveness and overall left me with a big smile on my face. I would encourage everyone to read this, if you want something a little more substantial but not too heavy. This is author Anna Mansell’s debut novel and I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for more of her work in the future!

How To Mend A Broken Heart is out on the 1st March and you can get a copy here.

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


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