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All Our Broken Pieces

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Ginny and Devin have been best friends for most of their lives. They’ve relied on each other, laughed with each other, kept each other sane.

But now Devin is dead, and Ginny is floundering to find a way to cope with the loss and continue living when the one person she’s always relied on is gone. So she does what she’s always done. She pours her frustrations into texts to D
Paperback, 110 pages
Published 2018 by Hidden Falls Publishing
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It was just too short:} I wanted more. I was so sad when The End appeared! Larsen has the ability to make her characters come alive and feel very real. She pulls me into her books with them and I cheer from the very beginning for them. This was a sweet heart tugging romance. It was so unique. I LOVED when they met, it was so perfect. I loved how this made me feel. This is chaste with some very good tension no swearing or violence. Novella length.
Denita Whitehead
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Annette's books! And this one is no different! Her writing style is so smooth and enjoyable. Ginny is such a raw and great character. Alex is so great and genuine. This book made me laugh, swoon, sigh, cry & lose myself in the characters. My ONLY complaint is that it's too short! I want more! Not just the story, but the writing was just effortless. It was like I was talking with an old friend. I didn't want it to stop! ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hesitated to read this initially

It has such an intriguing premise, but I didn't want a story that was going to be sad - books are my escape from my currently difficult life. I'm so glad I finally read it; it was wonderful!

Yes, there is some sad stuff, but in a processing-grief-but-moving-forward kind of way. Not Devon is one of my favorite heroes ever. He and Ginny are funny and sweet and good for each other.

This is an excellent book to read - and reread!

Clean romance level: Sweet kisses that
Becky Helvig
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is sweet quick read! Perfect if you don’t have time for a novel right now! My favorite thing about this author is her ability to suck you into her books with unique and well developed characters, and good plots. I LOVED that these Characters were so believable and flawed. The romance is chaste but has plenty of tension. Such a fun read!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love all of Annette's books so far, but this one left me shocked that it was over. I felt it needed a little more of a story or more of an ending at least. This book did seem to apply more to real life though in that it didn't have some random occurrence, but instead had more real life scenarios, things that could happen to anyone. It is very clean, short and a good read. If you like it you should definitely read her others because, in my opinion, they are even better! ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raw, Real and Beautiful

I’m not sure what I expected going into this book, but I always love this author’s books, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this newest one.

Oh my goodness this book was incredible! The emotion and depth that the protagonist Ginny goes through is so raw and real. It begins with her getting home from the funeral of her very best friend, Devin. Having gone through the grief cycle myself multiple times, I hurt for her. She is so broken and torn up inside, and feels so incr
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Annette Larsen addresses some of the more intense complexities of grief with discernment and tenderness.

The first person narrative made the grief seem raw and personal. Annette Larsen’s characters are always genuine and well developed. Her portrayal of Ginny was unapologetic in her irrational responses making her feel authentic.

What she did with Alex’s character was just as impressive to me. He “didn’t have rock-hard muscles”, and he got “a little winded” carrying her, but he was empathetic and
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh so swoon worthy! I have been eager to get my hands on this novella ever since learning that Miss Larsen was releasing another book. I read for 3 hours straight and ignored my house and children just because I couldn't put it down. Alex was amazing! Holy smokes my perma-grin was in place everytime he talked. Talk about a swoon worthy hero! 😍 I loved the plot and the idea of dealing with grief. It's important to remember everyone grieves in their own way. I understand the reason why this was ma ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
All Our Broken Pieces was truly a beautiful story—full of sorrow and healing. Ginny’s grief over losing her best friend was so raw and real, and watching her heal from it was such an emotional but powerful journey. Her relationship with Alex was wonderful. I loved the premise of how they met and the gentle way their relationship developed, first through correspondence to form a wonderful friendship, and then their interactions after they finally met in person, which deepened their relationship i ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad but good.

As you can tell if you read the description of this book it's a sad one though thankfully not the whole time and not completely. I don't usually go for sad books but this intrigued me. I actually liked this book. I've lost people before and understand grief in a lot of ways so I understood and felt for Ginny. I thought the way things were handled as far as the writing was good. I loved Alex and I appreciated that although he was supportive and sympathetic it wasn't all rosy and the
Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
I struggle with novellas so much. They can't take the time to really develop characters or layer the plot, and with this one I just never cared. And I didn't believe that the characters cared.

I had a few problems with the way the mourning was dealt with, and the things that were said about support systems, but most my negativity actually drew from the weak first chapter and the way the story never really recovered from it. Larsen's writing wasn't as well developed as it normally is, and I found
Abi Wurdeman
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I love most about Larsen's novella is the artful way she manages the subject of grief. You will feel things and you may cry, but the author has taken no shortcuts to get you there. This isn't a story about how tragic death is, and it's not about one character rescuing another. Rather, it's about the way our broken pieces threaten to make us less available to ourselves and to others, and it's an acknowledgment that no one can erase another person's grief, making the choice to show up anyway ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw and Sweet

When Ginny’s best friend Devin does, she is lost in a fog of grief. In order to cope and sort out her emotions, she texts his phone number. Only one day, someone answers back.
This book felt so real, raw, and gripping. I can’t imagine that kind of loss. I felt Ginny’s sorrow, and loved seeing how Alex could help her put herself together first as a listener, then as a friend, and finally as someone she loves.
I love the hope in this story that things can get better.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Sweet, So Sad

This novella was such a sweet sadness! Every time I start reading a book by Annette I remember why she is one of my favorites! Every time, I am hooked in the first page or two, which is a rare thing to find. this Is a novella, but it did not disappoint. It definitely left me wanting more, but it was so sweet. Alex is another hero that you love from the start! Well done!!
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7 I love Annette's books.
So, I have a bad habit of not wanting to read the back or learn anything about the book beforehand, I just like to jump right in, so I was super taken back at the end of this book because I didn't know it was a novella! So, the ending was way too abrupt for me and it was my own fault. :) I love her characters as always and some of the deep truths shared in this novella. I am always left wanting more!!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though it wasn't one of my favorites of Larson's that won't deter me at all, I love her writing! I also did not know it was a novella so the ending was very abrupt and it was overall too short for me. I really liked the texting back and forth between the two characters in the beginning (creative idea) there were times when it left me wanting more character development but overall you really find yourself sucked into the book with her creative writing!! ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my word, how I loved this book! I delayed reading it for so long because I thought it would be depressing and make me cry and I was in the mood for happy. But this isn’t a cry type of book. Yes, it deals with grief, but does it in such a tender beautiful way that you don’t feel like the words are a sledgehammer to your soul but like a warm hug supporting you. The romance was sweet and gentle and I didn’t want the book to end.
Sam Bateman
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I agree with other reviews. It would be a five star IF it was just longer!! I felt like there could be more character development and more to the story. There’s other minor characters I wish I’d knew better and had that development, but there wasn’t, sadly. But besides that, I loved the storyline, how they met and connected with each other. It felt very real and you can connect with the characters through their struggles. I highly recommend it!
Cynthia Southworth

The author did a great job showing the ugly side of grief. The pain and the raw emotion that can rip apart a person who deals with grief alone. But also the beauty of strong friendships and family that can help someone lift up from the pain and feel whole again. I definitely recommend this book.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet love story

I love all of Annette K Larsen’s books. I wish this one was longer but only because I didn’t want it to end. The author creates wonderful, real, characters that the reader can relate to. The way she writes the grief Ginny is experiencing is gut wrenching. The chemistry between Alex and Ginny is sweet. Loved this book!
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, got-in-2018
Novella. Easy to read. Easy to empathize with Ginny who lost her best friend in a car accident. Her texting was so sad, and when Alex started texting her back it was beautiful. Makes me want to meet a stranger through randomly texting old numbers. Just kidding. Not really. But this book makes it work.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story caught my attention from the start. The heartbreak was so real and raw. Then the text messages come and the healing starts to happen. I loved the dialogue between Ginny and Alex. It was fun and the start of a great friendship and strong romance. I liked how real the characters were. The ending was a bit abrupt to me bet overall I loved the story.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annette K. Larsen is a one of my favorite authors. I can honestly say I've read all her books and plan to read her future books she writes.
This book did not disappoint. I could not put it down. The way the author makes the reader feel real things, pain, love, happiness, sadness, loss etc. It was so good. I loved this book.
Becky Carrell
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously LOVED this book. I normally hate novellas because I have such a hard time getting into books and by the time I finally get into a novella, its over. I was sucked in before I finished the first page of this book. Don't start it unless you don't want to get anything done because you can't put this book down! It had depth, it was clean, loved everything about it. ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!! It ended so abruptly that I’m still reeling from it. I was like, “ what that’s it!” But overall I was enjoying it and I did think it was believable. Great character depth in a short book. I loved how Alex was strong enough to be able to help someone else. We all have our own issues-and this book shows you can get through them!
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story and touched my heart. I have experienced loss and the way Larsen described Ginny’s emotions, thoughts, and actions really hit home. The characters are natural, fallible, and loveabke. I didn’t want it to end!
Kristen Robison
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a little nervous to read this book because of the recent death of my best friend. But it was Annette Larsen so how could I resist? Another well written book BUT WAY TOO SHORT. I didn't realize it was a novella. ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan 0f novellas, but did enjoy this book. It discribes the difficulty of going through grief. A cute connection of texting a phone to the wrong person and them texting back and having a relationship develop. It's a lot about healing and finding love in unexpected places. ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Fabulous

I am so glad I was directed to this book! It is very realistic in the portrayal of grief as well as the blossoming love coming out of that grief. It definitely spoke to me! If you want a feel good read, look no further! Thank you so much Annette.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Broken pieces can apply to so many of life's challenges. This book helped me feel uplifted about one of my broken pieces- I just wanted more! ...more
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