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A Heart So Broken

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When Jenna Tucker arrives on Aunt Lilly's porch, her broken arm is a small reflection of the shattered girl within. The sudden loss of her father during his service in Iraq has conspired to transform her from top of the class track queen to a girl on the run from haunting nightmares. With a trail of burned bridges ablaze behind her and deep resentment for the survivor of t ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Rebel Girl Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
After reading this manuscript 500 times, I still get goosebumps when Jenna discovers Cooper's secret. Seriously loved writing this book!
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the cover and title, I at first thought this book might be a little heavy for me. Pleasantly, it was not. Though the characters had serious issues to deal with, I still found them relatable and surprisingly funny. I wanted to hop into the book and hang out with them.

The true litmus test though, was that I planned to read a couple chapters before bed, but three and a half hours later had read the whole book in one sitting.

The romance was clean, but intense. It was nice to have responsible, c
Melanie Griffiths
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing first book by a very talented author. I was drawn into the story from the first page. She did a great job developing the characters and their feelings. I was impressed by how real they felt in my mind as I read. While reading I cried several times, with different emotions, which in my opinion makes a book great. The writing is very descriptive and the story unfolds nicely. This was an easy book to read and I enjoyed it very much.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-teen
I'm so very glad I finally got a chance to read this book! The grief and heartache of the main character, Jenna Tucker, but especially the peace and renewal she gained, really touched me and made me cry multiple times. I loved how there was this beautiful connection to God without any actual religious references. I think that spiritual subtlety is what really allows stories of healing to impact your heart. I really enjoyed the story and loved the sizzling yet sweet romance between Jenna and Coop ...more
Cindy Davis
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is so amazing! Its a about girl named Jenna Tucker, who's going through the grief of losing her Dad while serving in Iraq. In her grief she gets involved with the wrong crowd and heads towards a downward spiral. Her mother sends her to live with her Aunt for the summer to sort out her life. I could identify with Jenna. My heart broke for her as she was dealing with the hurt of losing her own father, the anger to know that only one had survived. This is definetly a page turner. I loved ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like reading books with a clean romance and good lessons for the youth (and even adults) to learn. And this book is one of them.

The author captured the heartache caused by loss and death of a loved one so perfectly, I cried at most parts of the book. There were lots of life's lessons to be had that are also contained in here, mainly forgiveness - forgiving yourself and forgiving others. I also liked the parts where she made clear what love is and what isn't (i.e. Waiting for marriage before ha
Julia Lance
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Christene’s I have read. I was very impressed with her style of writing and her attention to the details. I plan to read more of her books in the near future. This book is listed as a YA romance but I didn’t feel that it was geared to an audience so young that I didn’t enjoy it just as much! I lost my own Father 9 years ago yesterday and it was very unexpected. Although I was older than Jenna some I struggled with some of the same emotions and still do. This is one of m ...more
Heather Burdette Quinn
Jenna is on a dangerously rebellious streak after her father, a soldier, is killed in Iraq. Her mother sends her to stay with her aunt and uncle in small-town Nevada for the summer, where she starts to lose a little bit of the toughness she's built up. She befriends a few of the locals - including a handsome boy who helps her get back into her old hobby, running. He has a secret that keeps him from being completely open about his feelings for her, and she almost spirals back into her rebellious ...more
J.A. Bennett
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I liked -

This is a contemporary romance which happens to be my favorite genre, so the all the lovely romantic tingly things were a plus in my book. Cooper and Jenna had a really cute playful relationship that wasn't too touchy-feely or too rushed (which is always my biggest complaints with romances). Beautiful writing and really strong voice.

What I didn't like -

There came one point in the book when Jenna was telling herself that Cooper just wanted to be friends when it was really obvious he
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want clean, escapist YA romance that still manages to provide some lovely UST (unresolved sexual tension), then A Heart So Broken is a good option. I like it for being a quick, fun read. Yes, it has some good, strong human messages, but it never feels like it's self aggrandizing. I think teenage girls will eat it up, and their mothers won't mind them doing so and are likely to enjoy reading it themselves. The emotions and the characters feel real (I'm especially fond of gregarious Jackson ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I can't believe how much this book sucked me in. It was so good and has such great characters that really came to life. I laughed, cried and completely enjoyed this book from start to end. I was sad when it ended because I wanted more :) Way to go Christene Houston. You are an amazing writer!!!
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great read! Thank you for writing such an awesome story! I love the beginning, middle, and end! I have lent it to my mother-in-law she is so excited to read it too! I couldn't put it down! I loved the characters and each one of their personalities. It was great ! Thank you!
Teya Peck
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I even choked up and it takes much for me to choke up in a book. The emotional tango with my heart, it was not less than amazing. Well written. I wanted so much more. I felt connected because of my own dad. THank you for that forgiveness reminder.
Michelle Glass
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, captivating story that had me from the very first page! It is a heart-warming love story that deals beautifully with loss, grief, healing, and happiness. A Heart So Broken is a sweet, uplifting book that I highly recommend!!
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A sweet love story and a fantastic moral message that wasn't preachy. I am looking forward to sharing this book not only with my 12 yro daughter but with my 14 yro son.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It is a beautiful story about forgiveness and redemption. It also has a very sweet love story.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read it in one day. Doesn't that speak for itself? Wholesome, lovely, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. Great job, Christene!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author paints such a clear picture with words that I found myself living everything in my imagination along with the character. It was so powerful. Amazing description.
I find it very interesting that each of her books are so different. Each has its own style and it's own strength. This one's strength is in the descriptions. Another of her books, "When Fireflies Sing", is strong in its storyline.
This is definitely a gifted writer and I really enjoy her books. This is the third of her works
Valerie Waters
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book!! Good message. I do wish they would have been a little bit older. Or the epilogue was a few years later. High school romance is really lame to me.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! There are times when I enjoy reading a long book (such as The Hobbit) over several weeks that I can get involved in all the details, but other times when I don't have the time, I want a book that is a quick read (228 pages), yet not too simple. Well, this book was not only a quick read, but a very engrossing one. The characters are developed quite well, and there are enough details so you really have a feel for the story, and want to know more. This story is more about ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book enough to read it in one sitting (and stayed up too late to do so!) The author did a great job of helping me feel Jenna's pain as well as the freedom she felt once she was able to forgive. It was very touching. My only complaint is this: wouldn't Jenna have been equally hurt and angry at Lilly & Tom? They kept the same secret from her and she specifically told Lilly how much she was struggling with that very thing when she first came to town. (Also, I guessed who that man ...more
Kimberly Krey
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story! The characters were endearing, the developments interesting, and the theme was moving and meaningful. A great look at friendship, love, healing hearts, and learning to forgive. I absolutely loved Cooper; as the story progressed he continued to step up, proving to be a hero worth falling for. Clean romance, just the way I like it.
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jenna was a totally awesome character, loved the romance, and cried at the end. I couldn't put it down. Great book.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book and had a hard time putting it down. I'm looking forward to more books from this author!
Shannel Rowley
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this story!!
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think the intended audience (young adult) would like this one a lot. For me, the plot lines were too predictable and basic. I could tell it was the author's first book.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars! Quick, entertaining read!
Donna R.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one!
Katherine King
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this! It was such a cute, sweet romance that I finished in a couple of days. It's all about love, grief, and forgiveness. Can't wait for more Christene Houston books!
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“I guess we'll never know exactly what ... the reasons behind the losses we experience in this life. But being angry doesn't make them any less devastating. It only robs us of the happiness and love we can experience. Only forgiveness can set us free.” 6 likes
“... what kind of life do we live if we let fear break us down? The truth is there will be tough times, we've certainly been through them before; but good things happen everyday. Great things. We just have to open our eyes and see them.” 3 likes
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