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How to Mend a Broken Heart

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The Doctor Dries Her Tears

Facing her estranged husband, Fletcher, was always going to be heartbreaking for nurse Tessa King. Especially as Fletcher has one last favor to ask — with his mother critically ill, he needs Tessa to pretend tragedy never tore their marriage apart. Impossible when your husband is the one man it hurts your heart to touch...but the one man you can't

Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Medical #553
Published August 2012 by Harlequin
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Aug 05, 2013 Heidy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I mean WOW!

You have not read a heart screaming, tier wiping soul-searching medical romance novel until you read Amy Andrew How to Mend a Broken heart.

This novel is exquisite is caviar for the readers. The story line is just memorizing a parent worst nightmare. This story will steal your heart.

It is a few times when I start a book right before bedtime and cant but it down it was one that I just had to finish.

A Story of two people who are in love but are separated by tragedy. Tessa have not se
Aug 08, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

How To Mend A Broken Heart is quite an emotional read. The main characters, Tess & Fletcher are still trying to cope with the death of their son 10 years later. After seperating nine years previously & Tess moving to the UK to try to escape any memories of Ryan (their son) she comes back on the anniversary of his death & see's Fletch at the graveyard. He asks a favour of her & the rest of the story carries on from there.

I h
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Dec 08, 2012 Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it it was amazing
How to Mend a Broken Heart is Poignant, soulful and thought provoking romance!
A must read....
Fiona Marsden
Aug 29, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love reunion stories
This is one of those wow books when you are amazed at the story but shattered at the same time. This was such an emotional read for me even though I've never lost a child post-natal. Fletcher and Tessa are such remarkable characters you just ache for them right from the first moment. Each of them have dealt with the loss, the grief and the guilt of losing their only child tragically in different ways.

Fletch looks whole on the surface but inside he has a hole in his heart that not only is the pla
Oct 08, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
This is one of the most realistic romances I've ever read. It touches on the death of a child and the toll it can take on a marriage. It touches on the care of Alzheimers' patients. Dealing with the care of a sick child not to mention infidelity. How could this be a romance? Well how could it not? Romances are relationship stories and relationships can have problems as well as emotionally satisfying moments.

It's Tess and Fletch's reunion story. Their marriage was unable to survive the aftermath
Hsiau Wei
I find this book is an emotional read for me. Whatmore, the night before i started reading this book i dream of my boy being missing. In fact, i almost wanted to put aside this book given that i know the stressfulness in reading this book. Glad that i contnue to read instead.

This book tell the story of Tess who went back home to visit her son on the anniversary of his death found that the Husband that she left behind 10 years ago waiting for her at the graveyard. Fletcher needed her help to tak
Jan 03, 2015 Brianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2012 Vox rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, let's talk about that cover.

This book is about a couple who divorced shortly after the death of their young son; ten years later, they reconnect, bent and bowed under the weight of grief that still shrouds them. Does that cover look like two people in their late thirties? In his case, Fletch, the man in the photo, is forty. The hell? Do the people who come up with these covers even read the books? And Tess, the woman, has short spiky hair. The cover couple looks like two college kids hidi
Sep 21, 2012 Brie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I haven’t read a Harlequin Medical Romance in months, maybe even years, so when I saw this one on NetGalley I decided to renew my former love for the line.

Almost ten years ago Fletcher and Tessa’s toddler died in a tragic accident. Their inability to cope with their grief ended their marriage. Tessa moved to London and they never saw each other again. But every year she visits their son’s grave and he watches her. Now, after all these years, he’s re
Sep 10, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a different style book for me, it hit home pretty hard on a few points. I usually read more towards the contemporary romance with the fantasy element of the rock star etc. This was a very sweet story.

Disclaimer: The cover does this book NO JUSTICE at all! It really says nothing about the emotion that is portrayed in the book.

Fletcher and Tessa were married, a tragedy happened and they divorced. Fast forward nine years to the anniversary of the tragedy and they are face to face again b
Sep 09, 2012 waterbaby786 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this Arc via Netgalley. I give it a 5 star rating cause i absolutely didnt want to put it down and gratefully it didnt read like a cliche romance novel.
The only thing I'm complaining about is that it was too short..
In this quick, but emotional, heart wrenching but soul satisfying read I'd grown so quickly attached to our two main characters fletcher and tess. Theyve been divorced and out of touch for ten yrs Following the tragic freak death of their 18mnth baby boy.the trauma and grief was
Sep 05, 2016 Roub rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very painful, heart-rending one. this is not abt romance but abt a couple getting over the loss of their baby..a small toddler wid rounded chubby fingers, blond hair n big green eyes. i'm actually picturing him.. the 10 year gap is realistic, in fact 10 years may not be enough but the healing process begun at least. tessa was dreadfully affected. when i arrived at the very end, i understood why she cud not talk abt it, get over it. i mean u dunt get over but u can try 2 live again while she cud ...more
Nas Dean
Aug 30, 2012 Nas Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART by author Amy Andrews is a August 2012 release for Mills & Boon Medical and Harlequin Medical Romance series.

Tessa King really couldn’t agree to what her ex-husband Fletcher asked of her- could she?

Living apart for the last nine years after tragedy tore their lives; she just managed to live day by day. Surely she couldn’t pretend now that everything is normal between them?

But since it was Fletch’s mum, who had been like a mum to her, Tessa agreed. And living togeth
Feb 20, 2013 Rakisha rated it really liked it
Most of my friends and colleagues know of the struggles I had with conceiving and/or having a viable pregnancy in my late 20s and 30s. Only a few know how devastating it was on myself, my husband and our marriage. To say that my first miscarriage had the destructive force of a hurricane is no hyperbole. It took me a lot longer to read Amy Andrew's How to Mend a Broken Heart because it brought back some of those hard feelings and situations. The book, of course, is a little bit more neat and tidy ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking and heart wrenching.

When Fletcher and Tessa divorced ten years ago it wasn't a simple break down of love it was a break of a million pieces kind caused by grief. The loss of their son broke them. In a way denying themselves of each other is their self inflicted punishment. Fletcher still loves and needs Tessa, even more now he needs help caring for his mother. It is a decision that inflicts more pain as both are forced to relive their loss and devastation.

Don't read this if you
I received a copy of How to Mend a Broken Heart through NetGalley.
This book is definitely a roller coaster of emotions. It has been ten years since the death of her toddler son and Tessa King still lives with the pain every day. After her marriage fell apart, Tessa left the home she loved and her life. Now her ex- husband, Fletcher, needs a favor. His mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her prognosis grows worse and worse. Fletcher needs Tessa’s help caring for his ailing mother, but
This is not the type of romance I am typically drawn to, it was not at all a light read and had I know that I wouldn't have read it... but I would have missed a great story. I teared up throughout the book, it was absolutely heartbreaking the tragedy (death of their toddler ten years ago) that Tessa and Fletcher went through and how they dealt with it (or didn't). I was a bit disappointed the happy ending didn't come a tiny bit sooner, more for an emotional uplift than anything else... as I was ...more
I found this a really heartbreaking book to read. A friend of a close friend recently lost her 20 month old son to drowning and I have been following her blog. As a mother of four children myself, its unfathomable to understand how a mother can ever live with the grief of losing a child. Amy Andrews has written a very touching and heartbreaking story and I immersed myself in Fletcher and Tessa's story. Well done to Amy Andrews.

Recommendation: You'll need a box of Kleenex for this one.

Oh and als
Feb 19, 2015 Caro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h-mnb-s
This was an ok book. It was slower and had a little too much angst for my taste. There were plenty of emotions, some good parts and bad ones. The personalities were ok, but mostly I just wanted to tell the characters to get their stuff together and comm-un-i-cate. There was also a lot of grief. This was written well and flowed but just couldn't keep me interest. Good Luck
Amelia Strydom
Jan 06, 2016 Amelia Strydom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly beautiful romance, one of the best I have ever read. The characters divorced years ago because their son drowned, and both carry a lot of guilt. It was heartbreaking yet very uplifting. I read it twice, something I rarely do. Have a box of tissues ready!
This was a nice story, it touched how parents grieve differently for their children and acceptance. It also touches Alzheimer's.
Oct 13, 2012 Kegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 1-2010-2019
A heart breaking story but so worth it. I loved how it all ended.
Dec 27, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a heart warming story I loved it so moving
Sudah sepuluh tahun Tess dengan rutin mendatangi makam bayinya tepat pada hari kematiannya. Sepuluh tahun yang sangat berat baginya. Bukan saja karena dia kehilangan bayinya, tetapi juga dia kehilangan keluarganya. Sejak kematian Ryan, Tess terus berada dalam penyesalan. Tess tahu Fletcher, suaminya, pun merasakan hal yang sama. Rumah tangganya menjadi dingin, dan ketika dia mengajukan perceraian kepada Fletcher, suaminya langsung mengiyakan permintaannya. Tess menganggap dirinya adalah ibu dan ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The romance in this book was nice - very sweet and touching. Very likable characters that have been dealt a crappy hand in life. However, when I pick up a series romance, I want a quick, lighthearted get-away-from-it all read. This book was so sad and heavy, it was a bit draining to get through. I don't mind some tragedy in a book, but for it to be the only topic in the book - mentioned on every other page, it is just too much. And not what I want in a romance novel. I just felt sorry for both p ...more
The story was good but I was confused at times about the back story and it does not become clear till the end.
Oct 11, 2012 Jacquie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This must have been so hard of a story to write, I can't imagine. The trauma that this family went through was so well written I cried.
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Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 50+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia, Momentum Publishing, Escape Publishing and Tule. She's sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mot ...more
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