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Broken Things

(The Southwark Saga #4)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Rival. Sister. Barmaid. Whore.

Meg Henshawe has been a lot of things in her life, and few of them good. As proprietress of The Rose and Crown in Restoration Southwark, she has squandered her life catering to the comfort of workmen and thieves. Famous for her beauty as much as her reputation for rage, Meg has been coveted, abused, and discarded more than once. She is
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Published May 1st 2017 by Corbeau Media
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Eve Dangerfield
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Cale writes fantastic Historical romances. I hesitate to say that because I know people with automatically associate it with heaving bosoms and dainty maids and Dukes, and that's fine but that is not what Broken Things or the Southwark Saga is about.
Broken Things follows Meg, a badass mother of three and innkeeper who is having a really shitty time and has been for, like, the last thirty-five years. At the start of the novel she is joined by a crazy hot new tenant and bartender Jake
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Captivating plot, vivid, totally lovable hero and especially heroine. Unusual characters selection, realistic historical reference, great plot and witty dialogue that is appropriate to that time period. I am as impressed as I can ever be.

This is a refreshing historical that is very well written and a real pleasure to read. I am so glad to read about 'real' everyday characters that is not a Duke, Barron, prince or duchess. I am so glad to read about imperfect foul mouth realistic characters that
Tracy Emro
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by the author*

Before I read this book I had never heard of Jessica Cale. Now that I have read this book - I wonder why people are not shouting from the rooftops about her! What a fantastic story this was - it is set in Restoration Era England - Southwark to be precise. This is not a light, fluffy read - there are no ballrooms, no Lords and Ladies, no fancy gowns and jewels - it is a gritty read and I LOVED IT!!

Before I started this
Jude Knight
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A full-flavoured mouthful of Restoration life

Broken ThingsBroken Things is Meg Henshawe's book. Hers and Jake Cohen's. If you've read the early books in Jessica Cale's Southwark Saga (especially Virtue's Lady), you'll remember Meg. Loud, coarse, ready to trample over everyone to get what she wants, known far and wide for her beauty and her lovers. And if you haven't read the earlier books, get them first, because this book will change everything you thought you knew about Southwark's favourite
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jake Cohen ranks very high on my list of favorite heroes. Battered and broken, but not down, he rises to defend those he loves and to make a life for himself. Tough in body and spirit, but tender in emotion, he pours healing love on a heroine who badly needs it.

Meg Henshawe isn't easy to love. She has scraped, clawed, and struggled to keep body and soul together and to take care of her family. It has made her crude, lewd, and coarse on the outside. When you realize "family" seems to embrace half
Rosanna Leo
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Cale has done it again. I've been her devoted fan since Tyburn, book 1 of her Southwark Saga. Book 2, Virtue's Lady, only solidified her position as one of my favorite new authors. Broken Things is no different from the previous books in the sense that it offers the reader a whirlwind escape into the time of post-Fire London and a satisfying romance. Ms. Cale writes historical romance the way it should be written: with grit and fire and passion. She gives us real people. Her characters ...more
Amy Quinton
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Cale brings 17th century Southwark to life like no other author I know.

Equal parts historical fiction and historical romance, Broken Things follows the love story of a tough as nails Englishwoman and a solitary, Jewish prizefighter as they survive discrimination, poverty, thievery, and greed in 1678 Southwark, London.

Meg Henshawe, our heroine, is an Innkeeper with a string of past lovers who is responsible for single-handedly running an Inn while keeping her sisters and their collective
Kazia Gemmill
This was a stellar read. I wish more romance authors would delve into these kind of characters.
Tracy DeNeal
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A chance mention of this intriguing non ton historical romance sent me searching Amazon for this new release. I am so glad that I did.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Meg Henshawe, a seemingly used up tavern wench and Jake Cohen, a done-for professional brawler. How on earth? These prototypes are always secondary characters. They don't get an HEA. Well, they do now.

We're taken to the despair-ridden streets of Southwark and given a glimpse of struggling humanity with nary a duke, marquess,
InD'tale Magazine

Jessica Cale has written some great historical romances and this one is no different.

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Jessica

Love and hate. Such a fine line. Don't let the cover fool you. The Southwark series are worth reading. I think a lot of research is done for these books.
Eleanore June
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it more stars if it was an option.

read this book!
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another breathtaking installment in the Southwark Saga! Jessica Cale has gone and done it again! This time we have Meg Henshawe's story... that's right everyone's favorite love to have her ... buxom bitch has her turn at true love. At first I was skeptical about reading the story because of my absolute hatred of Meg in earlier installments. But as I read into her backstory I found myself in tears. All the woman went through... someone give that woman a medal.
Alrighty so we find an older and
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: restoration-era
4.5 stars. A wonderful conclusion to a great series, and makes me wish there was more. A bit of a slow start, as Meg was unlikable at first, but as I got into it, I truly began to root for her happiness.

Full review here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...
Anna Bowling
Just when I thought Jessica Cale couldn't get any better, she proved me wrong. I literally squealed when I learned Meg would be the heroine of Broken Things, and chair danced when her hero proved to be Jake Cohen. Dutch immigrant, Jewish, a reluctantly retired boxer, the rival of Meg's ex-lover, no less, and auuuugggh. Yes. This. There's even Christmas (and Hanukkah!) and the *food* and just the right amount of visits from familiar faces to make this a treat for Southwark fans and newcomers ...more
Tricia Lynne
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Cale is a writer who cares about history. She sprinkles descriptions through her novel like drifting snowflakes, setting the scenes through small details. What I love about her characters is that they are not the regular Dukes or Duchesses of historical romance, but true everyday people in the slums who find love and happiness in spite of their gritty lives. I really liked Meg, the heroine of this story. She had a rotten past but was a hard scrapper who refused to be defeated.
Jake the
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent installment from Jessica Cale. This book takes the reader back to the grit and grime of Southwark from the glitz and glam of Versailles (book 3). Cale eloquently expresses Meg's anger and Jake's sadness, all while surprising the reader with twists and turns. If you haven't read any of the Southwark books, what are you waiting for?
Lizzi Tremayne
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story!!!

I loved the story! I love how Jessica Cale brings the past to life... and not just nobility, which comprised such a small percentage of the population. Thanks Jessica! Looking forward to reading more!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more Southwark. I loved this book because I hated Meg in the previous book and this story was able to turn that right the frak around. I also loved Jacob. I loved how they resolved the whole Mark/Meg thing and explained further her motivation.
What else? Just about everything else really worked in this book. Southwark never gets old for me and I hope this isn't actually the last book.
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Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (married) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in ...more

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The Southwark Saga (4 books)
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