Welcome to my stop on the Tour for How To Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell!!
What They Say:
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?
What I Say:
Where do I start? I've been looking forward to reading this book for quite a while now, having gotten to know Anna a bit on social media and I did a little happy dance when it appeared on my kindle. Reading a debut by someone you consider a friend can be really daunting for a book blogger. We don't want to hurt the authors feelings but we have to do our job and be honest.
I can say, hand on heart that How To Mend a Broken Heart is one of the finest debut novels I have ever read. It's captivating, compelling, mesmerizing, sad and so beautifully written. It really is hard to believe that it's a debut. Anna has a wonderful way of developing characters. The dialogue flows so smoothly (I admire that as I am rubbish at writing dialogue!) and you just feel completely drawn into this story.
An unbelievable debut novel by an author I am keen to read more from! 10/10