Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly.
Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
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About the book
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?
Luke is trying to cope with the sudden loss of his wife. He finds connecting with the things she liked comforting, so he sets off to find the person who gave Helen such joy. Orla on the other hand isn’t interested in seeing anyone. She is hiding from society – from life and is consumed with fear.
The title is perfect, because it is very much a case of people or things that are beautiful, despite being broken.Where Orla is concerned her fear and the scars that keep her imprisoned become an excellent juxtaposition to the broken pottery. Beauty, the eye of the beholder and the throwaway aspect of herself and the inanimate objects. Not perfect – please discard.
Orla and Luke are both fractured human beings, and perhaps it takes one to know one, which is why the two of them are drawn to each other. This story is one of grief, friendship, support and learning to look beyond the past that holds us down like a thick iron chain. Simultaneously it’s also one of fear and helping one other to carry on when everything seems completely desolate.
Connelly gives the reader a sensitive and emotional read with characters and storylines readers can relate to. Moving on from trauma, loss and trying to recapture the joy life once held. It’s a tender and realistic story, which is what really makes it a good read.
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