Book Blast – Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell

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 unhabitable 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 mane who works in the local hardware shop, the cottage is lovingly restored. But broken hearts aren’t easy to fix…are they?

This is a lovely book which made me feel all fuzzy despite the winter weather. Although this was perhaps a tiny bit predictable or unbelievable in places, it was nice to have a little predictability and unbelief in my life.

I love easy to read novels which are based in places that are different to what I’m used to, and this fits that bill. I’ve never lived by the sea but always sort of wanted to, so this was the perfect way for me to fantasise about that. There is a strong sense of community within the characters of the book and I really felt I was one of the team. I know it’s not quite the same, but it did remind me a little of the BBC programme DIY SOS! A large community of people gathering together for each other to make life just that little happier and easier to deal with.

There is a lot of sadness throughout, but generally this is a very uplifting, life affirming story and I would recommend this if you need a pick me up and you’re feeling low.

Publication Date: 9th January

Publisher: Quercus Books

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