The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

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Can one unlikely bookshop heal two broken souls?

It is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can’t make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Newly arrived from Hungary, Hannah is unlike anyone he’s ever met–she’s passionate, brilliant, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown’s first bookshop.

Despite the fact that Tom has only read only one book in his life, when Hannah hires him to install shelving for the shop, the two discover an astonishing spark. Recently abandoned by an unfaithful wife–and still missing her sweet son, Peter–Tom dares to believe that he might make Hannah happy. But Hannah is a haunted woman. Twenty-four years earlier, she had been marched to the gates of Auschwitz.

Perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Light Between OceansThe Bookshop of the Broken Hearted cherishes the power of love, literature, and forgiveness to transform our lives, and–if we dare allow them–to mend our broken hearts.

My review:

This was a complex, but lovely, book. It isn’t a light, easy read by any means. The characters Hannah and Tom are dealing with immense losses. Hannah has lost her entire family, including her husband and only child, to Auschwitz, and Tom has lost his wife not once but twice, the second time with her son Peter who Tom had raised since his birth as his wife wanted nothing to do with the boy.

Hannah hires Tom to build some bookshelves for her new bookstore, and their relationship emerges quietly from the pages. The townspeople are not so accepting of their relationship since Hannah is quite a bit older than Tom but they love Tom so they come together to support the couple.

The return of Peter shatters their precarious bond and Hannah’s fragile mental health. Tom is torn between loving his wife or the boy he raised as his own son. Interwoven with all of this are the dramas and tragedies that are life on an Australian farm – storms, floods, predators, human tragedies. But in the end this is a story of hope, love, and healing.

I had such a hard time putting this book down to do inconvenient things like drive, sleep, or work. Hannah’s story, told in flashback chapters, was heartbreaking and yet made us admire her strength. All that she overcame would have broken many people, and it did in both real life and the book. Tom was so endearing, trying to be the best husband he could be, writing lists of ideas to improve himself. His relationship with Peter was so touching. Their bond was unbreakable.

I definitely recommend this book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the Author:

F1000019-e1382759403529-300x291Rob Hillman is a freelance writer, self-published author and an expert Platinum author with Ezinearticles, he has over 40 books on Amazon. He is also a coffee addict and self-confessed gym junkie.

He is passionate about teaching businesses and individuals how they can successfully promote themselves on the internet and how they can further improve their business and personal lives through the art of self-publishing.

 

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Cover Reveal: Movie Stars in Maryland Duet by Delancey Stewart

 

 

Title: Happily Ever His

Series: Movie Stars in Maryland Duet #1

Author: Delancey Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Jaycee DeLorenzo

Release Date: August 15, 2019
Blurb
Tess was used to being in the shadows. But when movie star Ryan McDonnell pulls her into the spotlight, her whole world is threatened. Can a relationship that starts as a secret fantasy ever survive in the real world?
My sister Juliet has always gotten everything she wants.
It’s fine though. I never wanted the spotlight. That was my sister’s domain. And now that she’s America’s most popular starlet? She can have it.
But when Gran—the feisty woman who raised us, and who I cannot seem to wean off video games, an afternoon doobie, or her daily Manhattan—has a huge party to celebrate her 90th birthday, Juliet brings the Hollywood madness straight to Maryland.
In the form of my ultimate movie-star crush, Ryan McDonnell. I can barely form a
sentence around the guy (at least I don’t still have a poster of him on my wall). And I definitely can’t get over the fact that he’s Juliet’s new boyfriend.
I just need to get through the weekend with them—and with the magazine people who are covering them and the party for a feature. I just need to stay away from Ryan and his warm curious eyes, his perfectly chiseled arms, and the impossibly sexy things that come out of his mouth when we’re alone together.
It’s only one weekend, and I just need to remember that Ryan is an actor. A good one. Because I almost believe him when he tells me we have a chance together. 
Title: Happily Ever Hers
Series: Movie Stars in Maryland Duet #2
Author: Delancey Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Jaycee DeLorenzo
Release Date: September 5, 2019
Blurb
Juliet Manchester was America’s best-loved movie star. But her real life doesn’t quite match up to what we see on the screen. When she goes home for a weekend to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday, she asks fellow star Ryan McDonnell to pose as her boyfriend to help divert the press from the scandal brewing in her backstory — but the farce just may ruin her one chance at something real. 
 
Jace Morgan was a Marine, and working as a bodyguard to the stars was a great way to make enough money to finish his degree and take care of his mom and
brother. But he never planned to develop feelings for his client. And getting involved with her might put everything else in his life in jeopardy.

 

Author Bio
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