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Broken: A heartbreaking novel about hope, love, and second chances Paperback – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Lisa Edward is the author of The Songbird trilogy, the novella Duty of Care and a contributor to the collation of short stories in Hook & Ladder 69. While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.
By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can't write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke those of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.
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“I wish we’d had a lifetime together. I feel like I’ve wasted my life with all the wrong people.”
Lisa Edward is one of those authors that never fails to wring out every single emotion I possess with her words and Broken was no different. Yes, this was an emotional read in parts, but for the most part this was an incredibly beautiful romance with two stunning characters that totally deserved a happy every after.
“You’re going to be trouble for me, aren’t you?”
“I hope so…”
Evie Rivers was an erotica author in college, but her work had a more Victorian feel, especially in vocabulary. This was an erotica author that used the words “throbbing sword” and “tunnel of love.” Evie was incredibly naïve and terribly sheltered. She married a preacher, lost her “V Card” on her wedding night and has lived an incredibly dull existence ever since, there were never any sparks let alone fireworks. The absence of kids was the final nail in the coffin that was her marriage and now our sheltered author needs to bring back her erotica writing alter ego to survive on her own.
Evie takes off to the Hamptons, hires a beach house for eight weeks so that she can resurrect her writing, she needed to take stock of her life, clear her cobwebs and try to work out what she was going to do with her life.
Adam Walker was taking a sabbatical too, spending his eight weeks in the Hamptons to sort his life out, he had a broken heart and he too had decisions to make. He chose the Hamptons so that he could paint, something he had wanted to do for years and was now taking the time out to do. Adam was British but had followed the “love of his life” to America, now spending his time between the two countries. Our Adam has a penchant for skinny dipping in the arctic sea and it is while watching this pastime that Evie and Adam first meet.
“It was fireworks, the elusive fireworks that I had dreamed of my entire life, and all from just one kiss. But no just any kiss – it was the kiss that could make you forget every other that had come before it.”
Adam and Evie forge a great friendship, being an English teacher he helps Evie with her writer’s block and introduces her to a much more modern vocabulary with hilarious results. Adam and Evie hit it off straight away, Adam bringing her out of her shell and Evie just bringing him back to life. The build in their relationship was a beautiful read, but the comedic elements really lightened the seriousness and yet gave both Adam and Evie that “normal” characterisation. These were people you could relate to and with Lisa Edward’s words a couple that will soon bury themselves into your heart.
“… ‘a piece of my heart’ came about because when you love someone, you give ‘em a piece of the whole and it becomes an island that’s just for them. They fill that piece, and all the memories and all the feelin’s that they invoke are etched there. After they’re gone, it’s a place that you can sail to any time to relive memories, or you can choose to abandon if it becomes too painful.”
Broken is a book within a book as Lisa Edward’s cleverly weaves Evie’s writing within the pages of her own, add into the mix Adam’s journal entries and you really get an insight into his inner thoughts and most of all his emotions. Adam was extremely vulnerable albeit a happy go lucky charmer on the outside and it was this fragility that really tugs at every heart string. Evie has her insecurities too but just being around Adam starts to chip away at them. These two really brought the best out of each other. These two just fit, they were peanut butter and jelly, they were Ben & Jerry’s and shark week.
“Besides, I figured if you could defuzz, then so could I…I thought a raccoon had climbed through the window and gone to sleep in your waste basket in the bathroom; then I realized it was your beaver, ripped out on wax strips.”
Eight weeks is a short time in the grand old scheme of things but these two were definitely more than a two-month fling. Their lives are totally opposite, these two have a lot of hurdles, but will true love win? Or are some hurdles just too high?
“He read your book over and over… You’re not a bad writer. Some of the sex scenes were pretty hot…he said they were based on real life, but there’s no way he’s that good.” ~ Will
I adored this book, I laughed, I cried, I swooned. From skinny dipping, to writing sex scenes, to the beach, to ice-skating there was nothing I didn’t love. For emotional readers like me, this is a must read but even if you are just in the mood for a heart melting romance then this ticks the boxes too. Once again, Lisa Edward delivered and I cannot wait to see what comes next…maybe Will is up next…possibly with Angie?
Evie isn't happy in her marriage and after filing for divorce retreats to the Hamptons in hope of finding not only herself again but also trying to find her passion again. Not everything goes as she planned, especially as she meets the handsome Adam who sweeps her of her feet. But she knows somewhere deep inside him there's more to him, something he isn't revealing after getting to know each other in just a couple of weeks.
Sometimes there's a deep connection you can't explain. Will Evie slowly discover what Adam hides behind his smile or will 'secrets' keep them apart?...
Sometimes a moment or someone can change your life forever, even when you weren't looking for anything at all... Moments like that make it worth while...
This is not a happy story and the ending is not HEA. This book should have a disclaimer in the description. I'm sorry, but if a story contains certain elements, they should be disclosed. But hey, anything to sell books, right? The ONLY reason I even gave this one star was because I had to so I could review it. Certain subject matter is non-negotiable for personal reasons and I know it's not just me who feels that way. This book crossed a boundary and I feel like I was duped into paying for something that made me feel angry and very sad. That's not why I read. I read a lot and I read to ESCAPE. Life is hard enough and having recently dealt with this subject in real life, I don't need or want to read about it!
This book should have had a warning. It was a decent read but wasn't even close to good enough that it made the outcome worth reading it. It was so angsty you knew it had to be okay in the end...yeah, wrong. If you want to have a good day, don't read 'Broken'. This author is permanently on my 'just no' list, and thanks to her I'll be taking a break from my Kindle.
I have lost any desire to read in the near future.
Most recent customer reviews
I adore this book. The characters were superbly crafted. I loved Evie. She was full of spirit and such a strong woman considering all she’s been through.Read more
A beautiful love story is what happens!Read more