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 Oceans, The 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.
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.
About the Author:
Rob 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.