Book Review: The Home for Broken Hearts – Rowan Coleman

Title: The Home for Broken Hearts
Author: Rowan Coleman
ISBN: 9781439156858
Pages: 352
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

After her husband dies, Ellen Woods flounders.  She does her best to take care of their son, Charlie, but she really just doesn’t know how to deal with life on her own.  When she realizes that she and Charlie have almost no money to live on, Ellen makes a drastic decision:  she rents out the extra rooms to her house to lodgers.  Ellen doesn’t realize it at the time, but these lodgers will become a part of her family and will help her come to terms with her husband’s death.

Review:

I haven’t read anything by Rowan Coleman, but I know she’s huge in the UK.  I love their women’s fiction and am sad we don’t get more of it published in the US; when I saw that Gallery Books was publishing a Rowan Coleman novel, I was thrilled and immediately decided I needed to read it.

After reading The Home for Broken Hearts, I can see what all the Rowan Coleman fuss is about.  She is incredible at writing a diverse cast of characters.  There are a lot of main characters in this novel, a lot of people that need careful developing.  Coleman shows that she is up to the challenge; each person in this novel is sympathetic and easy for the reader to understand.  The wonderful characters really make this book worth reading – they become like friends, rather than people in a novel.

The main relationship in this story didn’t appeal to me, unfortunately.  While I really loved Ellie and the guy she chooses (I don’t want to ruin anything), I thought the entire storyline read like a romance novel.  There was way too much unexpressed desire and fantasizing for it to really be palatable for me.  While not a lot of space in the novel is reserved for this, and therefore it wasn’t that big of a deal, it just was much too “forbidden desires” for my taste.

I absolutely loved the character of Ellie and how strong she became as she faced her personal issues that stemmed from her husband and his death.  I really wish more space had been devoted to her grappling with these, as well as her relationship with her sister Hannah.  I loved watching Ellie become a stronger person as she accepted her problems and let go of her preconceptions.

All in all, while The Home for Broken Hearts wasn’t perfect, it was definitely a satisfying read.  I wouldn’t exactly call it light women’s fiction, but at the same time, it’s not a heavy read.  I really hope more of Coleman’s books release in the US going forward, as I’d love to read more of her work.

Comments

  1. I am sure this is something I will enjoy! I love the book cover!

  2. I am sure this is something I will enjoy! I love the book cover!

  3. This does sound good to me (except for the romance part) and what a fabulous cover!

  4. This does sound good to me (except for the romance part) and what a fabulous cover!

  5. I always like seeing UK authors get published Stateside–keeps me from having to import from amazon.co.uk!

  6. I always like seeing UK authors get published Stateside–keeps me from having to import from amazon.co.uk!

  7. I am finding that a lot of what is popular over in the UK is sadly not available in the States. It’s good to hear that this one was able to make it’s way to you and that you enjoyed it so much. I do think it would be really interesting to read some women’s fiction from this area, so I will be looking for this book. Great review!

  8. I am finding that a lot of what is popular over in the UK is sadly not available in the States. It’s good to hear that this one was able to make it’s way to you and that you enjoyed it so much. I do think it would be really interesting to read some women’s fiction from this area, so I will be looking for this book. Great review!

  9. Have you read any Dorothy Koomson yet? I love her so much and get so frustrated that her books aren’t easily attainable here.

    Great review!

  10. Have you read any Dorothy Koomson yet? I love her so much and get so frustrated that her books aren’t easily attainable here.

    Great review!

  11. great review. I really enjoyed this book too.

    my review:
    http://becksbookpicks.blogspot.com/2010/09/tour-home-for-broken-hearts-by-rowan.html

  12. great review. I really enjoyed this book too.

    my review:
    http://becksbookpicks.blogspot.com/2010/09/tour-home-for-broken-hearts-by-rowan.html

  13. I enjoyed this book but it is not my favorite of Coleman’s – Accidental Mother and Another Mother’s Life are both available here and both great books!

  14. I enjoyed this book but it is not my favorite of Coleman’s – Accidental Mother and Another Mother’s Life are both available here and both great books!

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