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The Happy Home for Broken Hearts A wise and warm hearted novel about fresh starts, from the author of The Memory BookEllie Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits But her reality is somewhat less rose tinted Once upon a time, Ellie had her happily ever after moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon to become a teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family homeOn the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie finally succumbs to her sister s well meant bullying and decides to rent out some rooms And all too soon the indomitable Allegra with her love for all things lavender, Sabine on secondment from Berlin and estranged from her two timing husband, and unreconstructed lads mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence each with their own messy life in tow And Ellie finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live and love againMaybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all


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  1. says:

    4.5 StarsRowan Coleman manages to get the right mix between heavy emotions, some big issues, romance, comedy and all round fabulous writing in A Home For Broken Hearts Ellen had the perfect marriage, when her husband Nick suddenly dies A year later, Ellen is still coming to terms with everything She then discovers the financial mess he left her in, and its suggested that she should take in some lodgers, so that the house can pay for itself With the lodgers in place the house feelsali 4.5 StarsRowan Coleman manages to get the right mix between heavy emotions, some big issues, romance, comedy and all round fabulous writing in A Home For Broken Hearts Ellen had the perfect marriage, when her husband Nick suddenly dies A year later, Ellen is still coming to terms with everything She then discovers the financial mess he left her in, and its suggested that she should take in some lodgers, so that the house can pay for itself With the lodgers in place the house feelsalive yet Ellen is still struggling to cope However everyone is trying their hardest to help From time to time the focus shifts to Matt, who is working for a lads mag, and moves into Ellen s as its near the job He initially provides fantastic comic relief with his cheesy pick up lines, and typical man about town ways, but slowly his true depths emerge and I found myself liking himandCharlie, Ellen s nearly 12 year old son, is written brilliantly, he is the best mix between scared young boy, boy trying to become a teenager, and also concerned about his mum young man Some of the statements he comes out with regarding sex are a mix of perceptive and innocence, and I just wanted to hug him He is though a rather smart child and when the hormones aren t raging was very perceptive and great to read about And then there is Hannah, Ellen s sister who since Nick s death has been in their lives a lot , but Ellen isn t really too keen, as they don t usually see eye to eye As I have mentioned there are some big themes being explored in the book, that although they include key characteristics for a few characters and really do shape them, they don t overwhelm the story They are though tackled head on, and sensitively handled I really enjoyed reading A Home For Broken Hearts and at times found it almost impossible to put down The story is immersive and I really wanted the best for all the characters I am still wondering what happened to them after the book ends, which can only be the sign of a well written cast Thank you so much to Netgalley and Ebury for this review copy This was my honest opinion


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    In my view this novel had some ambitious goals which I don t think were reached The writing wasn t quite smooth enough the characters didn t quite seem real the plot wasn t completely convincing.Ellen is a widow of a year her husband was killed in a car accident due to his own reckless driving Ellen has become housebound with grief, to the dismay of her eleven year old son Charlie Ellen s sister Hannah is coming to visitfrequently, but there is tension between the two women Due to a In my view this novel had some ambitious goals which I don t think were reached The writing wasn t quite smooth enough the characters didn t quite seem real the plot wasn t completely convincing.Ellen is a widow of a year her husband was killed in a car accident due to his own reckless driving Ellen has become housebound with grief, to the dismay of her eleven year old son Charlie Ellen s sister Hannah is coming to visitfrequently, but there is tension between the two women Due to a lack of finances, Ellen must take in boarders to meet the payments on her large home Three unrelated people rent rooms a German women who is separated from her husband, an elderly lady who writes romance novels, and a young and good looking man who writes a column for a sex magazine that berates women All of this makes for something of a trashy romance novel itself I was getting a little bored by the end as the book came to a relatively predictable conclusion


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    Time taken to read dipped in and out over 3 daysPages 381Publisher Ebury PressSource Book shopBlurb Once upon a time, Ellen Woods had her happily ever after moment when she married her beloved Nick But fifteen years later her husband s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon to become a teenager son and a mountain of debt.On the verge of losing the family home Ellen decides to rent out some rooms, and all too soon a whole host of characters enter her ordered but fragile existenc Time taken to read dipped in and out over 3 daysPages 381Publisher Ebury PressSource Book shopBlurb Once upon a time, Ellen Woods had her happily ever after moment when she married her beloved Nick But fifteen years later her husband s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon to become a teenager son and a mountain of debt.On the verge of losing the family home Ellen decides to rent out some rooms, and all too soon a whole host of characters enter her ordered but fragile existence each with their own messy life in tow But will this be enough to pull her out of her grief so she can learn to live and love again My ReviewEllen s whole world is turned upside down when her husband Nick dies, leaving her and her young son Charlie to pick up the pieces The bills are rolling in when Ellen s sister Hannah comes up with a plan, rent out the rooms of the house Soon Ellen has there lodgers, Sabine who has left her husband, Matt is beautiful, young and a Lothario and writes about his exploits for a male audience Lastly one of Ellen s all time favourite authors, Allegra is in need of somewhere to stay and Ellen s services with her newest book But Ellen soon finds that bringing strangers into her home is bringing them into her life and to move to the future we need to address our past.There is so much going on in this wee book and so many issues and emotions covered Matt is a playboy, it works with his job and he is a bit of an empty vase, pretty to look at it, hollow inside However, coming into the domesticity of Ellen s home he sees there isto life than kiss and tell Charlie is trying to look after his mum whilst dealing with growing up and the loss of his father Ellen is now a and lady, still a grieving widow, lost in a sea of emotions and problems she wasn t even aware of Allegra is a bit of a spoiled madam, set in her ways, popular author and very good at what she does, however even she comes into her own in the brief glimpses she is in the book We also get to read some of her new book, in italics so you know it isn t the main story, of a heroine in peril at cruel men with one track minds Despite it being a busy book it is very easy to follow, life lessons aplenty without being preachy or in your face The characters are easily to get into and despite having this author on my tbrm for a long time this is my first dance with her 3.5 stars for me this time, she has a lovely writing style that invites the reader in and you can easily loose yourself in it for a few hours


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    Ellen Woods, freelance editor, grieving widow and the mother of a nearly twelve year old son has realized her late husband left them broke and she has to find a way to keep her house and home After her sister, Hannah, insists she take three lodgers in her spare rooms, she reluctantly agrees, and between Hannah and her editor she soon has three very different people living under her roof There is Sabine, a beautiful German woman escaping an unfaithful husband, Allegra Howard, one of the erotic Ellen Woods, freelance editor, grieving widow and the mother of a nearly twelve year old son has realized her late husband left them broke and she has to find a way to keep her house and home After her sister, Hannah, insists she take three lodgers in her spare rooms, she reluctantly agrees, and between Hannah and her editor she soon has three very different people living under her roof There is Sabine, a beautiful German woman escaping an unfaithful husband, Allegra Howard, one of the erotic romance authors whose books Ellen Woods not only copy edits but finds herself caught up in for her fantasy escape from her life, and Matt, a new columnist for a men s weekly called Bang ItIt doesn t take long to see that Ellen s happy marriage wasn t all she remembers it to be, that she and Hannah don t seem to get along well and that her lodgers each have their own baggage to carry.This is a beach read ChickLit, semi pure and simple, and may be my one chick lit book for the year but there s no point in being too serious about a prediction like that since at any time I feel like I might either read another because I m in the right mood or I want to finish a challenge I liked some of the characters quite a bit and was able to get it read in a few longish chunks of time, so I m giving it a three However, there is nothing brilliant about this, some of it was rather silly, and no doubt I ll forget the story down the road, but it was a good break from some of the heavier reads I ve been doing and I read it for two current reading challenges


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    Compared to the three other books of a similar ilk I ve read over the last week, this at least was enjoyable The story of Ellen, who s a widow with a son trying to get her life back together was well drawn I liked Charlie, the son, and the cast of characters who come to live in her house were different and interesting.I didn t like the long extracts of bodice ripper I thought they were far too long and I stopped reading them I did like the relationship between Ellen and her sister I had g Compared to the three other books of a similar ilk I ve read over the last week, this at least was enjoyable The story of Ellen, who s a widow with a son trying to get her life back together was well drawn I liked Charlie, the son, and the cast of characters who come to live in her house were different and interesting.I didn t like the long extracts of bodice ripper I thought they were far too long and I stopped reading them I did like the relationship between Ellen and her sister I had guessed the big secret but it was still well done I felt as though there were some unexplained elements though maybe plot points that had been backed away from Her bit of a lad lodger Matt s assignment to write about his landlady what happened to that I d expected there to be a bit of bustup or for him to resign or something But I like the links bewteen them and even though he did have a rather radical change of character, it worked for me.The gripe I have is with the blurb The lead character is Ellen she is only referred to as Ellie in the last 15 pages This, I take it, is symbolic of her new life So why does the blurb call her Ellie and not Ellen I thought whoever had written it had made a mistake I suspect not but I think it would have been better left as Ellen Minor quibble I know, but it did annoy me


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    Ellen Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits But her reality is somewhat less rose tinted Once upon a time, Ellen had her happily ever after moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon to become a teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellen finally succumbs to her sister s well Ellen Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits But her reality is somewhat less rose tinted Once upon a time, Ellen had her happily ever after moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon to become a teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellen finally succumbs to her sister s well meant bullying and decides to rent out some rooms And all too soon the indomitable Allegra with her love for all things lavender, Sabine on secondment from Berlin and estranged from her two timing husband, and unreconstructed lads mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence each with their own messy life in tow And Ellen finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live and love again Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all A couple of years ago I read a fantastic novel called The Accidental Mother, by Rowan Coleman I thought the book was hilarious, and rushed out to get the sequel enjoying that just as much It cemented Rowan into an author I would definitely be keeping an eye on for all future releases and as soon as I heard about her new one The Happy Home For Broken Hearts, I couldn t wait to read it It sounded right up my street and although it s taken me a couple of months since it s release to actually get a copy, as soon as I did it shot to the top of my to be read pile and I absolutely loved it.The Happy Home For Broken Hearts seems to be a bit different to her The Accidental Mother The Accidental Family double, but I could probably still tell it was the same writer, as the book is filled with the same warmth, realness and laughter of Rowan s previous novels The book begins at a sad point in Ellen s life as she s burying her husband after he died in a car crash, we then skip forward to almost a year later and Ellen finds out that herself and her son Charlie, have got no money left Her sister, Hannah, suggests she rents out the three spare rooms she has in her luxurious Hammersmith house Cue romance novelist Allegra, German Sabine fleeing from her cheating husband, and lads mags aficionado Matt entering her house as her new lodgers And as the weeks and months pass, she finds herself enjoying having the new lodgers in her house, and it seems she could be finally turning a new corner in her life.I really enjoyed the plot of the novel, the lodgers moving in happens really quickly and I found that they really added to the book They force Ellen to realise that, actually, ever since her husband died maybe even before that she was living the life of a hermit, not going out, not doing anything remotely sociable, and just essentially wasting away her life Her only reason for living is her son Charlie, yet all Charlie is concerned about is the fact his mum isn t really the mum he knew before his dad died I thought Coleman handled Ellen s situation really well, her grief, her lack of moving on, and the lodgers bring some added colour to the greyness of Ellen and Charlie s life There are some twists and turns to the book, and Ellen s sister Hannah is a bit of a mystery, acting out and drinking a bit too much, and I guessed her secret fairly early on, which was mildly unfortunate but didn t make too much difference to the story to me.I really liked Ellen, she s a very shy, very timid character but she has a lot of heart and it was clear that what happened to her husband hit her very hard, as once she and Nick got married he became her whole focus, until Charlie came along I liked what the lodgers brought out in Ellen, and I couldn t help wishing she would overcome everything that was thrown her way As for her son, Charlie, he s the most astute 11 year old nearly 12 I ve ever come across in a novel Honestly, you won t find aclued in child character anywhere He was wise beyond his age, and I felt so sad that after his father died he had to grow up so quick I found all three of the lodgers very enchanting, Allegra was just wonderful, an aging romance novelist who tells it like it is, and I loved her immediately Sabine wasstudious, but she had her great moments and I just fell in love with Matt I didn t like what he did to girls at first, but eventually, he won me around, and was one of my favourite characters The only character that I didn t know what to make of was Hannah She s nice enough, but she has her darker moments where she just isn t likeable at all and her secret is horrible.I thought The Happy Home For Broken Hearts was incredibly well written, Rowan Coleman has done a stunning job in the writing of this novel I was truly very impressed with the issues covered through the novel, and I raced through the book finishing it as quickly as I humanly could It s warm, uplifting, and it shows that strangers really can impact on your life, and make it change for the better I can t wait to see what Rowan brings out next, I absolutely adore her novels and this is definitely Rowan Coleman at her tip top best


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    Ok, 2.5 stars.It wasn t great, it wasn t bad, it was readable, it was predictable.But I made it to the end.Best part was interlacing the journey of an ageing romance novelist struggling to write her umpteenth book with the story of a romance novelist reviewer who is barely recovering from her husbands death.And they all lived happily ever after.The End


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    Rowan Coleman is an Author who I had not come across before I was surprised when I googled the author to find that she has had many books published which I have not seen or heard of before The front cover is your typical chick lit style book which is what grabs us chick lit lovers straight to it on the shelf Plot Ellie has hit rock bottom After losing her husband in a car crash she finds herself unable to leave the house, and in a serious amount of debt Ellen needs to find a way to bring in Rowan Coleman is an Author who I had not come across before I was surprised when I googled the author to find that she has had many books published which I have not seen or heard of before The front cover is your typical chick lit style book which is what grabs us chick lit lovers straight to it on the shelf Plot Ellie has hit rock bottom After losing her husband in a car crash she finds herself unable to leave the house, and in a serious amount of debt Ellen needs to find a way to bring in the money to keep a roof over her and her son Charlie s head Ellen s sister comes up with the idea of renting out the spare rooms of the house A real mix of people came to rent the house an old lady Allegra who is an author, sexy Sabine who works with Ellen s sister and Matt a writer for a lad s magazine Each of the new tenants bring with them the problems with their lives With many secrets and twists and turns in the book will they all be able to help each other with the terrible mess they have made of their lives Characters Ellen Ellen is our main character in the book and from the first chapter I warmed to her She is heavily grieving but at the same time she is trying to sort financial things out for her and her son Through out the book we see Ellen s character grow and we as the reader hopes that she will be able to take steps to making her way back to happiness andimportantly to be able to leave the house giving her her life back Charlie how can you not feel for this little boy The poor lad has lost his father and now it feels like all to soon he is loosing his mother too Charlie seems to be very wise and clued up for his age and he really cares about his mum and tries to help her to realise she has a problem He has hit that point in a childs life where he hasquestions but with his father not around he must be finding it very hard Hannah This is the one character which I couldn t take to from the minute she appeared in the book Hannah is Ellen s sister and I found that each time she cropped up I was wary of her Matt This guy is like an onion when you start to peel back the layers you find different parts to him I have to say I loved his character It was great to read the changes in his character My opinion I have to say this now I really enjoyed this book After reading this book I can not wait to get to the shops and hunt out another one of Rowan Coleman s books This book had you gripped from the first chapter it was so hard to put down I read the book in two days and when I finished I felt a little lost The storyline stays on an even keel all the way through the book so at no time was there a part of the book which was low enough to make you feel like skipping a few paragraphs With a lot of the story being about grieving and broken hearts the story could have been quite depressing and challenging to read but Rowan Coleman cleverly put a light bit of banter here and there which helped to keep the book light hearted and enjoyable This book had everything you could want in a book, a touch of humour with a lot of emotion and a spoonful of romance I think I also found the book an enjoyable read as for a chick lit book it was not farfetched which meant that you actually believed a lot of what you was reading was really going on which made you feel closer to the characters and hoping for the best for them I love the fact that the ending of this book was perfect It did not feel rushed and it did not give too much away but gave us enough to answer all of the reader s questions there for not leaving us on a cliff hanger I would defiantly recommend this book and I would also say judging from this book Rowan Coleman is an author to look out for I can only hope that her other books are just as good as The Happy Home for Broken Hearts If you are looking for a well written chick lit book this is defiantly one to give a go Keep a look out in your shops over the next few months as I have heard there is also to be a new release from Rowan Coleman Also on my blog


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    I really enjoyed reading The Happy Home for Broken Hearts, and wanted it to go on for much longer than it actually did, but at the same time felt that it ended quite well and gave us the closure we needed as readers Rowan Coleman was able to merge devastation, loss, grief, romance, love, humour and wit all into one book.I kind of knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, and had it all figured out, so yes, it was predictable in that sense However, Coleman managed to write it all i I really enjoyed reading The Happy Home for Broken Hearts, and wanted it to go on for much longer than it actually did, but at the same time felt that it ended quite well and gave us the closure we needed as readers Rowan Coleman was able to merge devastation, loss, grief, romance, love, humour and wit all into one book.I kind of knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, and had it all figured out, so yes, it was predictable in that sense However, Coleman managed to write it all in a way that shocked, and exhilarated us and it made me laugh out loud a few times.The only loose end that I felt wasn t covered was the fact that Matt had to write an article about his landlady, and yet there was never a confrontation with Ellen about it even though there kind of was one with Charlie Then again, my interpretation was that he was going to leave the business he s currently in anyway and do somethingworthwhile with his writing skill.My favorite scenes were those of the Sword Erect, where I felt like Coleman created a parody of historical romance novels It was hilarious, especially that I am actually a fan of those novels and have read so many of them and own so many of them that I understood exactly what she was referring to every time.I also found it very interesting to see how the writing process goes for a well established author In fact, all the secondary characters were interesting and enjoyable to read about Even Hannah, although I kind of hated her the same way Ellie did which is to say, you hate her but love her at the same time One of the most shocking scenes in the book involved Hannah, and I m not talking about the obvious, predictable one but I don t want to add any spoilers, so will leave it to you to find out which one I m referring to.All in all, a very solid book Not sure if this was the author s first as I ve not heard of Rowan Coleman before , but it felt like it could have been There were many mistakes throughout that it almost felt like it wasn t edited properly before it was published That did get annoying at one point, as it gets a little distracting However, it wasn t so bad that I wouldn t recommend this book.This may look like a typical British chick lit, but it isn t in the least It is a book about loss and self discovery, and the strength it takes to move on afterwards It is a book worth reading


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    It s been almost a year since Ellen Woods husband was killed in a car accident, leaving her with their son, Charlie and debts that need to be paid off When it becomes clear that there is a real possibility of Ellen and Charlie losing their home, Ellen is forced to rent out the spare rooms and welcome new lodgers into their lives.Each lodger has their own lives and problems but can they pull together and help each other through these difficult periods And can Ellen learn to live without her be It s been almost a year since Ellen Woods husband was killed in a car accident, leaving her with their son, Charlie and debts that need to be paid off When it becomes clear that there is a real possibility of Ellen and Charlie losing their home, Ellen is forced to rent out the spare rooms and welcome new lodgers into their lives.Each lodger has their own lives and problems but can they pull together and help each other through these difficult periods And can Ellen learn to live without her beloved Nick and the security her brought her I loved the idea of A Home For Broken Hearts, with a set of complete strangers being brought together and possibly forging friendships that would help them through their problems and I wasn t disappointed The writing immediately drew me towards Ellen and I found myself fully immersed in her life Ellen is completely smothered by her grief and I felt for her as she struggled to live without her husband, Nick.When Ellen opens her house up to Sabine, Allegra and Matt, she doesn t expect to make friends at all Her only goal is to meet the mortgage payments so she can keep the family home and some sort of stability for her son But slowly, Ellen begins to let these new people into her life and I liked seeing Ellen come back to life I didn t expect to like all of the lodgers as they don t all give a great first impression but I d warmed to them all by the end, especially Matt.Ellen is a freelance copy editor, working on romance novels and I loved this aspect of the book as we get to see one of the books she is working on evolving I found myself almost as equally enthralled by Eliza, the heroine of the romance, as I was by Ellen and her lodgers It was a nice touch to add to the main story without causing a distraction and I found the snippets entertaining.The characters in A Home For Broken Hearts are all strong and entertaining in their own ways and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the lodgers in Ellen s home While Ellen s story is quite a difficult one, Rowan has created a light and fun read that I found both entertaining and uplifting There were quite a few times when I had a giggle to myself and I didn t want to put the book down as I was eager to find out what would happen to Ellen and her newly extended household


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