Make Do And Mend A Broken Heart
*An advanced review copy was received via Netgalley in order to review – all words and opinions are my own.
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 uninhabitable 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 man who works in the local hardware shop, the cottage is lovingly restored. But broken hearts aren’t so easy to fix… are they?
Published 9th January 2020 by Quercus
An absolutely perfect contemporary fiction book that, though features romance, is more about grief, resilience and making a brave, fresh start. This story encourages an uplifting faith that things are going to be ok even when they look dire.
I loved Leanne, she isn’t one for wallowing in self pity or playing the victim, she’s determined, feisty and not afraid of hard work, despite losing almost everything her foundation was build upon. She’s lucky that the community in Rockgate Bay are both talented and welcoming, so her fresh start, despite full of mishaps and mayhem, is supported by new friendships and a beautiful setting by the sea.
Doing up a dilapidated house is no easy task and the money worries that it brings were familiar; trying to get a house to live up to its true potential on a tight budget when you’ve no DIY skills is tough, and yet Leanne faces this head on which I admired greatly.
I fell a little bit in love with the wonderful community of Rockgate Bay- many were warmhearted and played a different part in giving Leanne the boost she needed, from practical help to laughs, confided secrets to companionship.
This story really highlights that it isn’t one person, or one particular place, that makes everything right; we are all flawed, all in need of mending and making do with what can’t be mended as new. The house renovation becomes an allegory for the true journey of grief, of how we never get back what we lost, or get over it, but learn how to make a new future and fill it with love.
I thoroughly recommend getting this book and enjoying Leanne’s healing journey for yourself.