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The Broken Hearts Book Club (A Luna Bay Novel) by Lynsey James

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Kindle Edition: 264 Pages.

Published: 12 October 2015 by HQ Digital

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Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn't changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also 'The Broken Hearts Book Club', Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can't wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the past she left behind – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

Reviews

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Broken hearts, a romance and a secret

Lucy hasn't visited the town of Luna Bay (really weird name for a Yorkshire town) since an incident when she was a teenager. She thinks that the whole town is against her and hates her because of what happened. This event looms large in the book and the author teases the reader with hints of what happened, not revealing the full story until near the end of the book. I think that this went on for too long and that the big revelation should have occurred earlier in the book.

When Lucy's grandmother dies she returns for the funeral and then finds that she has been left the house but only on condition that she lives in it and leads the local book club. I'm not too sure that this condition would stand up in a court of law if the will was challenged and certainly the solicitor, who is disapproving of Lucy at first, soon stops being interested in what she is doing and the whole issue quietly disappears from the story. Lucy starts to lead the book group but finds that they have their own ways of doing things and that she is doing more harm than good. In fact, when she finds out that the group shares broken hearts she tries to find solutions to their problems and cheer them up in a way that seems to me to be interfering and rather patronising. Of course, after her initial rejection she soon becomes immersed in the book groups and their members and does, indeed, help them find solutions to their problems. Apart from the book group Lucy also has the local pub landlord as a possible romantic issue plus having to overcome the feelings of guilt about what happened in the past.

This is a feel good novel which didn't quite hit the mark for me. I didn't really like the rather glib solutions to complex problems or Lucy's interfering character. The romance is good enough although suffering from the usual accelerated pace in this type of book but the whole secret from the past theme just irritated me. I suspect that people who enjoy this type of book will enjoy this well enough - I certainly didn't hate it - but there are better examples of the genre, in my opinion. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

 
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