The Beauty of Broken Things

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?

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My Review
The Beauty of Broken Things is an emotional read that will bring tears to your eyes. It tackles the tough subjects of depression and grief, but it's written in a beautiful way. It's powerful. It's heartwarming. And readers will be rooting for Orla and Luke and their budding friendship along the way. 
Luke is a man struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, Helen, who was working on becoming a full-time photographer. Orla is a recluse who uses broken ceramics to make beautiful photos. Both she and Helen were online friends, bonded through their love of photography. After Helen dies, Luke finds a gift Helen wanted to deliver to Orla, so he decides to track her down and deliver it himself. It's this decision that sets off the beginning of their friendship and sets the tone for the rest of the story.
I really enjoyed the characters and the writing. Everything sort of just hits you right in the feels while reading, but that's a good thing.
If you're looking for a well-written, emotional read, give The Beauty of Broken Things a chance.
4 stars!

Author Bio –
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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