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Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart

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When you know how, you can make anything from scratch, including a new life after love...
When Leanne and Richard bought a dilapidated old seaside cottage to renovate together as their forever home, their future was full of hope and promise.

But heartbreak was just around the corner: fast forward a few months and Richard is gone. With his death, Leanne finds herself stony br
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Quercus
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An absolutely lovely and heartwarming read, I adored the theme of recycling/make do and mend and it’s got a lovely very slow burn romance obviously due to nature of the story, some very emotional parts too (or at least I thought because they brought a tear to my eye) but overall just a lovely and homely read. A perfect break away from real life. It’s a hug in a book.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heart tugging story.
The characters Leanne and Harry sound lovely. The story was clean so would appeal to everyone.
A very easy book to snuggle down with after reading a few crime thrillers.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. It had heart, it had community, it had all the feels and I just loved spending time with Leanne over the course of this novel.

Leanne is just a great character to travel this book with. She is hurting and she is healing but she is also determined to be an independent woman. I just loved the strength that she had been if she couldn't always see it herself. I also really loved the way she valued her friends old and new and was willing to try ne
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really lovely heartwarming story, about moving on after becoming widowed.

For Leanne didn't really have much choice, she needed to move into cottage that she had bought with Richard, believing it to be their forever home, just months after he dies, as circumstances meant she couldn't stay living where she was.

On getting to Seaglass Cottage by herself it soon becomes apparent that although it will look fabulous once its done up properly, that its kind of a wreck, but with no money, she has to
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - in and out over 2 days

Pages - 298

Publisher - Quercus

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When you know how, you can make anything from scratch, including a new life after love...
When Leanne and Richard bought a dilapidated old seaside cottage to renovate together as their forever home, their future was full of hope and promise.

But heartbreak was just around the corner: fast forward a few months and Richard is gone. With his death, Leanne finds herself stony broke, faced with an
Chantelle Hazelden
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Books for an ARC of this novel.

Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart is one of those books that I feel is perfect for the winter season.

It gives you those warm and fuzzy feelings and leaves you with a sense of comfort.

Leanne is moving into her dream home and that unfortunately is where the positivity ends because it turns out that it's not quite the fairytale ending that she was after ...

This is because her then husband recently passed away and now she's left with a
Cen-sational Reads
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Make Do & Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell. Published by @quercusbooks 💕
Leanne is a young widow- he husband Richard was unexpectedly killed -Prior to death they had just bought a beautiful property by the coast ‘Sea Glass Cottage’ 💕
Leanne leave everything and everyone that she knows in London and heads to Rockgate Bay to try and start a new life . Project ‘Sea Glass Cottage’ is far more daunting than Leanne realises. However the money that she was expecting following Richards death is not wha
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a superb story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy after reading.

A story brimming with love, set locally to me which was an added charm as it made it really easy to visualise the beaches and the weather when walking along the seawall. I loved the mentality of the locals, they were superb characters who formed special bonds with Leanne all in their own way and reminded me of village life when I was younger.

Leanne is a character that displays all of the emotions during this story as
Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
At the beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, I had a hefty hangover from the book before and I questioned whether I could do the book justice by reading it now. I am happy to report that I ended up really glad I continued.
I loved Leanne's journey and the sense of community at Rockwell Bay, if I was in her position I would have floundered too, so she felt real to me and not overdone and whiny, which I find annoying in a main character.
The secondary cast of characters were not
Leanne and Richard planned to leave London and buy a cottage in Kent, it was rundown and in need of serious repairs but they could afford to buy it outright and restore it themselves. Then Richard died suddenly and Leanne is left with a dilapidated cottage, no DIY skills and very little money.

Drawn into the small world of a seaside village in winter Leanne begins to make new friends and learns new skills, could romance also be on the horizon?

This was a sweet, predictable romance featuring a sex
Alison Pashley
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book by the author as part of a lockdown competition on Twitter. It's such a lovely read - strong themes of friendship, loss, grief and community, and of course a romantic strand to the story too.

The main character Leanne is instantly likeable, and you really feel for her right from the start, as she starts the new life she'd planned with her husband all alone. As the story goes on you get to know all the supporting characters in her new community
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved a couple of Katey's previous books but I haven't read them all yet. I read the synopsis for 'Make Do & Mend A Broken Heart' and I just knew that it was going to be another amazing read from Katey. So I grabbed my Kindle, grabbed a box of tissues (I had a sneaky suspicion that it was going to be an emotive read), a cup of tea and a huge bar of chocolate and settled down. I must be psychic, (or psychopathic) because this book really was an amazing and emotive read, which I th ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I live in RockGate Bay please it sounds so idyllic.

I loved this book and didn’t want it to end it gave me all the feels and I’m glad I bought it.
Full of kindness and community spirit. A breath taking look at how new beginnings although seem scary can turn out just the way you want them to as long as you never give up.

Leanne was such a lovely strong character. The strength she showed was astounding.
When her husband died she had two choices give up or fight on and she chose to fight on, to ma
Gem ~ Bee
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely perfect contemporary fiction book that, though features romance, is more about grief, resilience and making a brave, fresh start.
This story encourages an uplifting faith that things are going to be ok even when they look dire.

I loved Leanne, she isn't one for wallowing in self pity or playing the victim, she's determined, feisty and not afraid of hard work, despite losing almost everything her foundation was built upon. She's lucky that the community in Rockgate Bay are both talent
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Oh this was lovely. I won’t confirm or deny whether I read the final chapters of this book curled in a ball with tears on my cheeks.

Both this book and my previous read saw women finding themselves and love again after loss. It was a total coincidence but meant I couldn’t help making comparisons. Two very different women and two very different new love circumstances.

My heart absolutely went out to Leanne. I love reading about strong, brave women. Th
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Richard and Leanne have been together for 16 years and married for 7 of them. During the prologue they're viewing a cottage by the sea for a potential purchase, the house needs a lot of work, the previous owners made half an attempt to create an open plan living space resulting in a large hole in a wall and but they both agree that this is the perfect new project and place to start their family.

Cut to chapter one it's three months later and Richard has tragically been killed. Leanne is continuin
Suzy Henderson
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect weekend read.

A wonderful story, sad but with hopes of a happy ending that kept me in suspense, turning the pages. I couldn't put this down. Lovely setting, great characters, interesting plot. Well recommended. Looking forward to reading more of Katey Lovell's books.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I really wanted to pick up my kindle as often as possible to keep reading. It is well written and has a really good flow to the storyline. It is a sweet romance that kept my interest throughout.

The characters are well rounded and very likeable. I felt I was getting to know them all along with Leanne as she set up home in this new town. Leanne's struggles and triumphs certainly grabbed at my heart and I wanted to give her a hug. She is so determined and I really f
Sally Tyrer
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous uplifting book!
Leanne and her husband have just completed on her dream home in rockgate bay and are looking forward to moving in and doing up the run down sea glass cottage! Fate has other ideas though and after her husband tragically dies Leanne decides to continue their dream and moves herself down to the cottage, grief, hard work, financial problems and setbacks all seem to hinder her progress until the community embrace her as one of their own and provide support, help, frien
Jenny King
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, and if I didn’t have a baby and a toddler I could have devoured this in one day! I loved the story and really warmed to the characters, and couldn’t wait to pick this up and snuggle up with it at the end of each day. I was sad when I finished it as I enjoyed it so much!
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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I think I officially want to go on holiday to Rockgate Bay! The community built up over the course of this novel is lovely, and I want to be a part of it!

This book is lovely, and as someone who has just bought a house and made it a home with the same kind of Make Do and Mend/Upcycling/Bargain Hunting attitude, I felt rather akin to Leanne as I read this book whilst avoiding the jobs I have left on my own to do list.

Ultimately, this is not a book that will shock you, and for that I was actually q
Denise Mcghie
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a nice book it's got the balance of happy and sad just right. Leanne and Richard buy a little run down cottage in a little town beside the sea, their forever home. When Richard dies unexpectedly Leanne moves in alone.

It's a heartwarming story about how Leanne struggles with life on her own and how the close knit community of a little town take her under their wing.

The characters are a varied bunch and all of them work well together. The blossoming romance between Leanne and Harry
Katy Wheatley
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Katey Lovell since her first Meet Cute stories and it is absolutely brilliant to see an author flourishing and her writing going from strength to strength. I loved this book. Leanne is a great central character, sympathetic and well rounded, you will her on in her journey to make Sea Glass cottage her own. The supporting cast of characters are well drawn and interesting in their own right and you get a really warm glow reading the book. It is about love, but it is about so much ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart is the first book I’ve read by Katey Lovell. It follows the story of Leanne. She bought an old seaside cottage with her husband Richard. The plan was to leave London’s rat race and settle by the coast. However following Richard‘S death, she has to move to the house alone. Faced with a ramshackle cottage and dwindling funds, she has to rely on the residents of the oval community for help.

This book is beautifully written, the story flows well and there are come gre
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely easy read which I really enjoyed. This book has a lovely cast of characters who I really liked particularly Leanne who I was rooting for right from the start. Set in a gorgeous seaside location which has a fantastic sense of community spirit - the sort of place where I would love to live. As a keen crafter myself, I loved all of the crafts and DIY in the story. A story of new beginnings and friendship.

Highly recommended, I highly recommend this lovely book. Perfect for a holiday read or
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable read, it was one of those stories you didn't want to put down. I became very invested in the characters and their lives. It is a well written and sweet romance.

I loved Leanne and I so wanted her to succeed with her new home and new town. The other characters in the book are great and I really liked them. The town she moves to is very kind and supportive, she certainly is lucky to have landed there.

This is a curl up in a cosy chair and get stuck in sort of read. I defi
Linda Barrett
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The tragedy at the beginning of this book had me in tears but in true Katey Lovell style you bounce back quickly.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it gave me some fantastic ideas about decorating my own home.
The storyline was great
The characters were great and the community spirit was phenomenal.
You really get invested in this story and I really enjoyed reading it.
You need to read this book as soon as you can
I'm voluntarily reviewing an advanced reader copy of this book given to me by Netga
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a touching, and at times heartbreaking story. I really liked Leanne and the little community she came to call home. She was very resilient and her willingness to take on a daunting project under such difficult circumstances made it very easy to feel for her. The supporting characters of Mary, Harry, Daz, Tracey and Row who helped her on her journey were all lovely. A well written read.
Julie Stock
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a heart-warming, poignant story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Leanne is such a strong character and the description of how she rebuilds her life after her loss is detailed and emotional. I loved the cast of characters assembled around Leanne and I was so glad that everything came together for her in her new community.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this has to be my favourite Katey Lovell book yet. It's so warm, the bookish equivalent of a hug. This is a book about grief, about community and about the healing power of making and mending. Definitely recommended. ...more
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