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3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Liam Cochrane no longer belongs. He lost his youth and his brother on the battlefields of Europe. Now he’s home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, trying to dull his pain with liquor and the occasional willing woman. He’s become a stranger in the North End neighbourhood where he grew up.

Alice O’Neill has never belonged. Able to read notes, but not words, she dreams of teaching music
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published (first published September 24th 2011)
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This is set in an era and a location that I've never read or heard that much about. The historical facts were fascinating and I really enjoyed it.
Dec 09, 2011 Chrystalla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although historical romance isn’t my usual reading stock, I was drawn to this novel when I read the sample because of its strong, vivid writing style and a glimpse of flawed characters that I hoped would find their strength and develop in the course of the story.
Well, I was not disappointed. Both protagonists, Liam and Alice, start out very weak and desperate – Liam crippled by his war experience, the death of his younger brother and his war injury, and Alice with her low self confidence made wo
Oct 01, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some mild spoilers for those of you who may not be aware of the history of Halifax Nova Scotia during WW1.

It's hard to describe Jennie Marsland's writing - it bridges the realm between historical romance and historical fiction - but however you want to classify it, I love it. She has a knack for capturing the gritty flavour of an era - in this case, Halifax during WWI. The title of the book refers not only to the historical event that looms over the story, but to a cast of characters who are sha
Magi Nams
Nov 28, 2011 Magi Nams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shattered - Embittered and wounded both physically and emotionally by his stint in the army during the Great War, Liam Cochrane returns to Halifax in 1917 as a near-cripple and feeling like a misfit in civilian society. The demons that haunt him return again and again as he struggles to find place and purpose for his life, a task both eased and complicated by his blossoming relationship with Alice O'Neill, a gifted but illiterate pianist whom Liam has known all her life, but never really known. ...more
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Nov 22, 2011 Shawna Romkey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shattered is a beautiful historical romance set around the Halifax explosion in 1917. It's a smooth read with identifiable characters all struggling with everyday issues and relationships. Yet all the while you're reading about budding romances and family situations mending, the tension of the explosion is ever intensifying in the background.

I'm new to the historical romance genre, but found this a very rich read and really enjoyed seeing Halifax as a backdrop to this lovely story. I highly reco
Oct 10, 2012 LindaK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the book, especially the part about the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Loved the interaction between the characters.
Centered around World War I and the Halifax Explosion - still the biggest man-made, non-atomic/nuclear explosion ever - this is a sweet story. But it is also a gritty, emotionally difficult, dark, painful, and loss-filled story.

Liam has seen the horrors of war and come home, broken both in spirit and body. It's bad enough he is broken, but to make it all worse, his hometown is full of people going on about their lives, wartime lives to be sure, but they can never know and never understand him.

Nicole Laverdure
Mar 11, 2013 Nicole Laverdure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WWI Historical romance 4 1/2 stars

I just finished reading "Shattered" written by Jennie Marsland. I liked the style of writing of Ms. Marsland's realistic world of WW1! This is the first book I read of this author and was not disappointed. I loved both her characters Liam and Alice. The story takes place in the city of Halifax during the World War 1. The author describes very well this period of misery. It was the time when people worked and lived near the port of Halifax. The author has created
Dec 13, 2013 Faswop rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very melancholy book. The tone was somber and the love story was slow to bloom. This book was fraught with tragedy. Get yourself a box of tissues if endeavor to read this book. It is well worth the puffy eyes and snotty nose.
Jan 17, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, knew very little about the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Read this book before my cruise to Canada and New England.
A lacklustre Great War romance with a dull and plodding storyline. I just couldn't warm up to the characters. Gave up at 30%.
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I'm a teacher, an amateur musician and, for over thirty years, a writer. I fell in love with words at a very early age and the affair has been life-long. I write historical romance, drawing on my love of the Westerns I grew up with and on stories of life in rural Nova Scotia in earlier times, passed down by my parents and grandparents. When I'm not writing, I garden, play guitar, spend time with ...more
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