260 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Richard and Leanne have been together for 16 years and married for 7 of them. During the prologue they’re viewing a cottage by the sea for a potential purchase, the house needs a lot of work, the previous owners made half an attempt to create an open plan living space resulting in a large hole in a wall and but they both agree that this is the perfect new project and place to start their family.
Cut to chapter one it’s three months later and Richard has tragically been killed. Leanne is continuing with the purchase of Sea Glass cottage and is planning on continuing the couple’s dreams thanks to Richard’s sensible insurance policies. We follow Leanne as she makes her big move, gets involved in various aspects of the local community and tries to juggle all her priorities since the plan was she would stop work to focus on the house renovations. It’s quite an emotional read and there were a few things that I thought were a little tropey, like the way once Leanne puts her mind to it she’s not actually terrible at DIY and the man at the bank is inexplicably cruel to her.
I read this in just a couple of days and really enjoyed it, while the loss of a spouse as a trigger for Leanne’s new start is heartbreaking the sense of community and positivity this book provoked was all quite heartwarming.
Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart is due for UK release on 9th January which feels like perfect, this book is all about fresh, new starts and friendships so there couldn’t be a better time than the new year for this to come out, you currently pre-order a Kindle copy for just £1.99. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.