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The Beauty of Broken Things Powerful and emotional Victoria Connelly gave me all the feels with this spellbinding story This was a beautiful story about grief and healing Luke is devastated after his beloved wife Helen dies When he runs across an item Helen had for an online friend Orla, he is determined to get it to her Orla is living an isolated life in a remote castle She has been scarred both inside and out and is content with her solitary existence When Luke meets Orla he is determined to help her heal, and in Powerful and emotional Victoria Connelly gave me all the feels with this spellbinding story This was a beautiful story about grief and healing Luke is devastated after his beloved wife Helen dies When he runs across an item Helen had for an online friend Orla, he is determined to get it to her Orla is living an isolated life in a remote castle She has been scarred both inside and out and is content with her solitary existence When Luke meets Orla he is determined to help her heal, and in doing so perhaps he will heal himself A touching story infused with a great deal of heart and hope Both Luke and Orla were very sympathetic characters and I wanted them to heal themselves Find the silver lining, if you will I loved the strong friendship that grew between Luke and Orla I was really hoping this book did not take a certain direction and so thrilled when it didn t This is a book that will make you feel, so be sure to have that box of Kleenex handy Big thank you to Lake Union for my gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own When he loses his wife in a terrible accident, Luke tries to find closure, by helping Helen s mysterious online friend Orla has done a good job of hiding herself away from the world so good in fact, that she may never have to see another person again.I received a free copy from the publisher and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.After he loses his wife Helen in a train accident, Luke struggles to go on He feels smothered by everyone s pity and good intentions and plagued by the tho When he loses his wife in a terrible accident, Luke tries to find closure, by helping Helen s mysterious online friend Orla has done a good job of hiding herself away from the world so good in fact, that she may never have to see another person again.I received a free copy from the publisher and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.After he loses his wife Helen in a train accident, Luke struggles to go on He feels smothered by everyone s pity and good intentions and plagued by the thought that Helen wasn t as happy as she made out.After discovering that her passion for photography had grown from a hobby to a professional ambition, one that was sadly never achieved Luke decides to reach out to the mysterious BB, Helen s online friend and fellow photographer.Orla is a hermit, hidden in a remote castle Since she moved there two years ago, she s hid behind the walls and refused to see anyone Scared of people in general after a horrific incident, she finds beauty in broken porcelain, and has quite the online following.When Luke shows up on her doorstep, she begrudgingly starts to accept the outside world and in return she can hopefully help heal Luke.I loved the setting in this book the castle and the Suffolk countryside are as important as any character in the story.It really is beautifully written and easy to read, despite the dark parts of Orla and Luke s history being the factor that brings them together.I liked Orla s passion for photography, and her interest in how damage gives a history to delicate and beautiful porcelain.There is a real emphasis on the importance of friends I thought it was refreshing that the story remained focussed on the pure friendship that existed between Orla and Luke, and the rest of the villagers.The not so good.Unfortunately, I wasn t a fan of Luke As someone who is a complete introvert, and struggles to deal with social situations, I personally thought he was a bit of a dick in how he kept pushing Orla and not taking no for an answer.Luke is using this jaunt away from home to hide from reality, so I thought he should have some empathy for Orla He s constantly trying to push her to make huge leaps, because he knows best I honestly wanted Orla to throw a teapot at him.Overall, this was a 3.5 out of 5 for me I liked the author s writing and would be interested in readingof her work The Beauty of Broken Things is one beautiful novel The story is so very relatable and all of us are really beautifully broken The story shows how fear can disable us and lead us to miss out on life s simple joys and pleasures The author s gentle touch and sweetness of style take such a tragic occurrence and helps the reader see beyond it This book really puts things into perspective and I highly recommend it. A heart wrenching, broken into a million pieces, book yet so beautifully heart warming, join those pieces back together This was one of a kind Author Victoria Connelly s words had emotions seeped into it where every broken thing had an alluring beauty Damaged souls healed together in the plot by the strength of the tapestry that weaved them together by the author The prose left me awed.Luke lost his wife Helen in a train accident, and Orla had a secret haunted past Both Helen and Orla follo A heart wrenching, broken into a million pieces, book yet so beautifully heart warming, join those pieces back together This was one of a kind Author Victoria Connelly s words had emotions seeped into it where every broken thing had an alluring beauty Damaged souls healed together in the plot by the strength of the tapestry that weaved them together by the author The prose left me awed.Luke lost his wife Helen in a train accident, and Orla had a secret haunted past Both Helen and Orla followed each other on the photography app Galleria Helen had bought a gift for Orla, and Luke brought it to the old castle that Orla resided in This was their journey of healing and finding life s simple joys.My first book by this author, and WOW My breath got caught in my chest when emotions choked me The two characters, struck down by life and its sudden incidents, had me longing to hug them There was pain in their voices, I hoped they would heal soon Landscapes lyrically described, the other characters brought out the gentleness of the story Each page added to the richness of the plot, an understanding to life.The author s brilliant hand with the warmth in the story brought me nearly to tears while making me smile Every moment spent in the book was a journey into the beauty of broken things.Simply brilliant 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 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 This review will be posted on on 06 22 2020 as part of the book s blog tour Heartbreaking, hopeful, and absorbing The Beauty of Broken Things is a moving, sensitive tale set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside that takes us into the lives of Orla Kendrick and Luke Hansard, two strangers whose budding friendship helps them learn how to support, heal, grow, take chances, start anew, and grieve the tragedies they ve each endured.The prose is emotive and smooth The characters are vulnerable, scarred, and compassionate And the plot is a captivating tale full of love, loss, Heartbreaking, hopeful, and absorbing The Beauty of Broken Things is a moving, sensitive tale set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside that takes us into the lives of Orla Kendrick and Luke Hansard, two strangers whose budding friendship helps them learn how to support, heal, grow, take chances, start anew, and grieve the tragedies they ve each endured.The prose is emotive and smooth The characters are vulnerable, scarred, and compassionate And the plot is a captivating tale full of love, loss, family, tragedy, courage, community, contentment, anxiety, and unconditional friendship.Overall, The Beauty of Broken Things is a pensive, tender, evocative tale by Connelly that reminds us that life can be unpredictable and full of curveballs, but it s how we approach, handle and survive all these messy, complicated, highs and lows that truly make all the difference.Thank you to Victoria Connelly and Rachel s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review 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 I LOVED this beautiful heartbreaking novel The Beauty of Broken Things, by Victoria Connelly The beautiful setting in the Suffolk countryside brought the story to life for me as did the characters that were relatable and that I enjoyed reading about The story is about the harrowing loss of someone we love and how we go on as survivors after a painful and tragic loss The story is also about hope and moving on, about new friendships and moving towards healing after a painful past and tragic tra I LOVED this beautiful heartbreaking novel The Beauty of Broken Things, by Victoria Connelly The beautiful setting in the Suffolk countryside brought the story to life for me as did the characters that were relatable and that I enjoyed reading about The story is about the harrowing loss of someone we love and how we go on as survivors after a painful and tragic loss The story is also about hope and moving on, about new friendships and moving towards healing after a painful past and tragic traumatic events I found the writing beautifully expressed and I really enjoyed the pacing and the introduction of the characters as they go through moving forward and the hope for healing As someone who has experienced loss, I was able to relate to the difficulties and how the painful events can either lead to a spiral downhill, or learn to navigate the new and hopeful tomorrow This book did just that in a beautifully told story I recommend this book for an emotionally engaging read you will not be able to put down once you start I look forward to readingfrom author Victoria Connelly Heartbreaking, hopeful, and engrossing The Beauty of Broken Things is a touching, sensitive tale set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside that takes us into the lives of Orla Kendrick and Luke Hansard, two strangers whose budding friendship helps them learn how to support, heal, grow, take chances, start anew, and grieve the tragedies they ve each endured When he loses his wife in a terrible accident, Luke tries to find closure, by helping Helen s mysterious online friend, for whom she had high Heartbreaking, hopeful, and engrossing The Beauty of Broken Things is a touching, sensitive tale set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside that takes us into the lives of Orla Kendrick and Luke Hansard, two strangers whose budding friendship helps them learn how to support, heal, grow, take chances, start anew, and grieve the tragedies they ve each endured When he loses his wife in a terrible accident, Luke tries to find closure, by helping Helen s mysterious online friend, for whom she had high regard and respect Orla has done a good job of hiding herself away from the world after a personal tragedy befalls her Luke struggles to go on He feels smothered by everyone s pity and good intentions and feels guilty for not having appreciated his wife s talent and uniqueness After discovering that her passion for photography had grown from a hobby to a professional ambition, one that was sadly never achieved, Luke decides to reach out to the mysterious BB, Helen s online friend and fellow photographer.Orla is a hermit, hidden in a remote castle Since she moved there two years ago, she s hidden behind the walls and refused to see anyone Scared of people in general after a horrific incident, she finds beauty in broken porcelain and has quite the online following.When Luke shows up on her doorstep, she begrudgingly starts to accept the outside world and in return, she helps Luke regain his faith towards love and accepting his loss A touching and wonderful story People need people We re not made to isolate ourselves How fitting is that quote, right now A couple of my GoodReads friends read and enjoyed this book It was actually their reviews that made me want to read it I am so glad I took a chance Thank you so much to both JEN A and Shalini for your wonderful, inspiring reviews This is why I love GoodReads so much.This story gave me a deep emotional connection The journey through time and people weaves a complex path, but one that is ultimat People need people We re not made to isolate ourselves How fitting is that quote, right now A couple of my GoodReads friends read and enjoyed this book It was actually their reviews that made me want to read it I am so glad I took a chance Thank you so much to both JEN A and Shalini for your wonderful, inspiring reviews This is why I love GoodReads so much.This story gave me a deep emotional connection The journey through time and people weaves a complex path, but one that is ultimately unifying It s an emotional meandering, much like life itself The novel takes us through ups and downs, possibilities and disappointments, calling on us to reassess what we think we know about our own lives and how we engage with those we hold most dear.Thought evoking and expertly written, The Beauty of Broken Things is farthan a simple story It invokes such feeling and emotion that, whilst hard to put down, causes the reader to pause and reflect for themselves What an amazing, emotional, powerful book this is Wonderfully written, it was simply a pleasure to read that will make you smile, laugh and cry Thank you NetGalley,Publishing UK and Victoria Connelly for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own TheBeautyofBrokenThings NetGalley


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About the Author: Victoria Connelly

Victoria Connelly grew up in Norfolk before attending Worcester College where she studied English Literature After graduating, she worked her way through a number of jobs before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire.In 2000, she got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and moved to London Five weeks after their wedding, her husband, a television news cameraman, was sent to Israel Convinced something terrible would happen to him, she came up with the idea for a novel about a young widow who starts seeing angels on her desk at work, but was scared to write it in case she tempted fate It was only years later that her husband admitted to having a bullet graze his shirt sleeve whilst filming in Israel Although having had articles and short stories published, it was only when Flights of Angels was published that Victoria was able to realise the dream of becoming a professional writer Published as Unter deinem Stern in Germany, the novel was made into a film for television by award winning Ziegler Film Her second novel, The Unmasking of Elena Montella Wenn es dich gibt , was published in 2007 and her third, Three Graces Wohin mit der Liebe , was published in 2009 All three magical romantic comedies are now available as ebooks.Her first novel to be published in the UK Molly s Millions came out in 2009 This was followed by a trilogy about Jane Austen addicts A Weekend with Mr Darcy, The Perfect Hero US title Dreaming of Mr Darcy and Mr Darcy Forever.The Runaway Actress was published in April 2012 and she is currently working on another romantic comedy, Wish You Were Here.