About The Book
The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly
The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly, 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? The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly.
This story reminded me of a Japanese tradition, Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold, because for them being broken it’s only part of the story of the piece, not to be thrown away.
Luke Hansard has just lost his wife, he doesn’t know how to return to his routine or what to do with his life. When he discovers that her wife loved photography, he tries to reach Orla Kendrick, a friend of her who doesn’t want to be found.
This is the story of Luke and Orla, how they start healing each other with photography, not takes photos of landscapes or babies but of broken things, because we all should learn that something that is broken doesn’t mean that is irreparable, it has an special beauty on it, you only have to find it!
I really liked this story, I felt connected with Luke since the beginning, I know what it means losing someone and the disconnection with the surrounding, the unknown of what to do or how to cope with sadness. It’s special the connection between him and Orla, they are broken souls, they need someone/something to awake them to the new reality and help them to continue with their lives. The pain will never leave, but it will not be so devastating, the memories will not be so bitter, but much sweeter and in time they’ll have them with a smile.
I’ll have to say that this had been a lovely read, I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the story, it was like being inside the book and the characters my best friends. The Beauty of Broken Things is a story to heal and grow, make any reader remember that everything can be healed, you only need the “correct” tool. Ready?
About The Author
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.