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The Home for Broken Hearts

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  661 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The Door Is Open . . .

For young widow Ellen Wood, her Victorian home is a refuge—a place to feel safe with her eleven-year-old son, Charlie. But when money grows so tight that Ellen could lose the house, her sister, Hannah, makes a radical suggestion . . . rent out some of the rooms. Soon Ellen has three lodgers: Sabine, a German coworker of Hannah’s, recently separated fr
Paperback, 343 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published August 19th 2010)
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Rachel Gilbey
Aug 12, 2016 Rachel Gilbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Rowan Coleman manages to get the right mix between heavy emotions, some big issues, romance, comedy and all round fabulous writing in A Home For Broken Hearts.

Ellen had the "perfect" marriage, when her husband Nick suddenly dies. A year later, Ellen is still coming to terms with everything. She then discovers the financial mess he left her in, and its suggested that she should take in some lodgers, so that the house can pay for itself.

With the lodgers in place the house feels more ali
Oct 27, 2010 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In my view this novel had some ambitious goals which I don't think were reached. The writing wasn't quite smooth enough; the characters didn't quite seem real; the plot wasn't completely convincing.

Ellen is a widow of a year; her husband was killed in a car accident due to his own reckless driving. Ellen has become housebound with grief, to the dismay of her eleven-year-old son Charlie. Ellen's sister Hannah is coming to visit more frequently, but there is tension between the two women.

Due to a
Jul 07, 2014 Karin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellen Woods, freelance editor, grieving widow and the mother of a nearly twelve year old son has realized her late husband left them broke and she has to find a way to keep her house and home. After her sister, Hannah, insists she take three lodgers in her spare rooms, she reluctantly agrees, and between Hannah and her editor she soon has three very different people living under her roof. There is Sabine, a beautiful German woman escaping an unfaithful husband, Allegra Howard, one of the erotic ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Compared to the three other books of a similar ilk I've read over the last week, this at least was enjoyable. The story of Ellen, who's a widow with a son trying to get her life back together was well drawn. I liked Charlie, the son, and the cast of characters who come to live in her house were different and interesting.I didn't like the long extracts of bodice ripper - I thought they were far too long and I stopped reading them. I did like the relationship between Ellen and her sister - I had g ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellen Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits. But her reality is somewhat less rose-tinted. Once upon a time, Ellen had her ‘happily ever after’ moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband’s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home. On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellen finally succumbs to her sister’s well- ...more
Rea Cobb
Jun 03, 2011 Rea Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rowan Coleman is an Author who I had not come across before. I was surprised when I googled the author to find that she has had many books published which I have not seen or heard of before. The front cover is your typical chick-lit style book which is what grabs us chick-lit lovers straight to it on the shelf.

Ellie has hit rock bottom. After losing her husband in a car crash she finds herself unable to leave the house, and in a serious amount of debt. Ellen needs to find a way to bring in
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
I really enjoyed reading The Happy Home for Broken Hearts, and wanted it to go on for much longer than it actually did, but at the same time felt that it ended quite well and gave us the closure we needed as readers. Rowan Coleman was able to merge devastation, loss, grief, romance, love, humour and wit all into one book.

I kind of knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, and had it all figured out, so yes, it was predictable in that sense. However, Coleman managed to write it all i
Jennifer Joyce
Jan 18, 2016 Jennifer Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been almost a year since Ellen Woods' husband was killed in a car accident, leaving her with their son, Charlie and debts that need to be paid off. When it becomes clear that there is a real possibility of Ellen and Charlie losing their home, Ellen is forced to rent out the spare rooms and welcome new lodgers into their lives.

Each lodger has their own lives and problems but can they pull together and help each other through these difficult periods? And can Ellen learn to live without her be
Sara Gatto

E' un romanzo che lascia l'amaro in bocca perché, dalla trama, crea un'aspettativa di una storia divertente, di situazioni simpatiche e qualche volta dolorose.
Invece ci troviamo a navigare in pagine e pagine in cui Ellen, la protagonista, non fa altro che piangersi addosso, riconoscendo anche si sta piangendo addosso. E' legatissima al passato in cui ha amato tantissimo un marito che la teneva all'oscuro di tutto, annullando la sua vita all'esterno della casa, tanto da farla diventare ag
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Ellen Woods is recovering from the sudden death of her husband Nick. Her soon to be teenage son Charlie is also struggling to find what is normal. However Ellen has bigger problems to deal with and it involves money, she just doesn't have any. It seems the only way she can possible even consider keeping her home is to find herself some lodgers. With the help of her sister Hannah, before long Ellen has taken in 3 lodgers. The three lodgers consist of Lads Magazine writer Matt, the German lady Sab ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne.

"Beautiful, heart-warming, and redemptive, The Home For Broken Hearts by Rowan Coleman is a beautiful portrayal of some of the most life-changing situations one can envision and the healing that comes with time. Eleven months ago, Ellen’s life drastically changed when her husband was killed in a motor vehicle crash. Since Nick’s death, Ellen has only felt comfort inside their home working as a copyeditor for romance fiction novels and caring for her son Charl
May 26, 2017 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In 'The Happy Home for Broken Hearts' we meet recently widowed Ellie and her 12 year old son Charlie. Both still grieving the loss of beloved husband & father a year previously. Ellie discovers that cash is tight and so, with her sister Hannah's help, rents our her remaining rooms to three lodgers. One of them Sabine - a German business woman, Matt - A handsome jack the lad and Allegra - Famous romance novelist.

As Ellie worked with Allegra, the romance novelist on her latest 17th century er
L'amore è effimero,fragile come una ragnatela in un giorno di vento.

Ma perchè devono sempre cambiare il titolo?Non potevano lasciarlo come l'originale The happy home for broken hearts ?mah!!

Una storia intensa,fatta di cuori spezzati,tristezza,sogni,paure,pentimenti,amore,passione,desideri...una storia matura,come la protagonista, che deve rifarsi una vita,lei che ha sempre vissuto chiusa in un bozzolo,immersa nei suoi amati libri,confortata dal suo unico vero amore deve ricominciare,l'arrivo d
Donna in Southern Maryland
This book is quite different that the ones I usually read; I think I saw it in the NEW BOOK section of the Library list, and was hooked by the the summary. A wife and mother in London, Ellen's life is torn apart when her beloved husband Nick is killed in a car accident. After almost a year, she finds out that there will be no insurance money, and that she is broke. To make enough money to keep the house she and her son live in, it is suggested she take in Boarders.

If I had my way, and I lived i
Anne Harvey
Apr 01, 2016 Anne Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heroine Ellen Woods is devastated when her husband is killed in a road accident. He was the love of her life and she can see no way of going on, especially when she discovers there is no life insurance. To overcome this, she is persuaded by her sister, Hannah, to take in lodgers. But, to Ellie, her home is sacrosanct. Here she feels safe and loves nothing more than pottering about the house, editing other writers’ books and looking after her son. What follows is how Ellie comes to terms with wha ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Shirly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. Did. I just read.

1. For a book about an editor, this could have used some well-placed punctuation.
2. Any part with those harlequin romance bodice-ripper sex scenes was awful. Not sexy.
3. These characters were ridiculous. How does a person NOT NOTICE they haven't left the house in a year?
Also why do the two romantic leads feel aroused around each other seconds after dealing with her drunken sister rape and assault? I'm pretty sure that's messed up. And what kind of guy in his twenties deci
Jun 14, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it
I borrowed this book from a friend so I would have something to read on a long flight. I tend to like almost any book I read, and my ratings on goodreads are useless because I basically give a 4 or 5 to every book. I probably read Bridget Jones' Diary five times, so I don't require every book to be A Serious Piece of Literature. But this book helped me appreciate how lucky I have been with my reading material. None of the characters are believable. The plot is nonsensical. The writing is cliched ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Michele rated it liked it
This has turned into my pet reading peeve. I liked the book and most of the characters, but again am confounded by the recent tendency for every female character over 35 to find and be attracted to and snare a man at least ten years, more often more than that, younger than herself. Perhaps it is a total failure of imagination on my part, but why isn't finding a similarly attractive guy your same age an acceptable plot device anymore? When did the authors decide at once that all women of a certai ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
HATED THIS BOOK! Weak, unsympathetic main character, cad of a love interest & a "twist" I saw 1/3 of the way through. After I saw it coming (to my dismay), I checked the end to see if I was right. Unfortunately, I was. It led to even more un-likability of the story & The Happy Home for Broken Hearts became one of the very few books I quit.
Donna Irwin
Jul 27, 2011 Donna Irwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A prefect read for a summer afternoon in the garden -great stuff, forgot where I was so immersed.
Hope there is a follow up - I think so!
Jul 10, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely and heartwarming read. 4.5 stars :-)
Natasha du Plessis
I loved this book. Last night after finishing the book I had the review all worked out in my head and now I have forgotten what I want to write.
I would have loved to explore the relationship between Nick and Ellen a bit more. I loved all the characters and think that Rowan has the ability to immerse her readers into her books and characters.
When reading the book I felt that something was a bit off about Nick and that Ellen saw her marriage through rose tinted glasses. This was still a beautiful
Dannielle Potts
Jun 08, 2017 Dannielle Potts rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Very Much Like Rachel Hore's "The House On Bellevue Gardens" Being That A Woman Opens Her Home To Lodgers. I Loved The Second Story Within The Book, Very "50 Shades" .. Lovely Characters And A Great Flow Through The Novel, Introducing The Twist And Progression Of The Main Character
Evelyn Prodger
Mar 22, 2017 Evelyn Prodger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this story of a woman making sense of her life after bereavement. Loved Matts storyline. Some of it a little predictable hence the 4 stars.
Mar 20, 2017 Ann rated it it was ok
Schmaltzy. Cute, quick read - but no depth. Very chick lit.
Apr 09, 2012 Clo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell into this book, literally, I couldn't stop reading and was gutted when I finished it.
Ellen - who has just lost her husband is all over the place, hates going outside, and I guess is trapped in her own grief. Then, a visit from her solicitor tells her she needs to increase her income in order to keep her house. She is torn, she doesn't want to sell the house she bought with her dead husband, but she has no means of keeping herself afloat financially.
Her sister, successful Hannah suggests
Jennifer Defoy
Sep 05, 2010 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it
I sometimes find it hard to get into books about England because even though they are written in English the slang and differences in language make it difficult for me to fully grasp what the characters are saying. While I did experience a bit of that with this book for the most part it was pretty easy for me to pick up on. I'm finding that the more I read from English authors, the easier the language differences are to decipher. Having said that I really thought this was a great book.

The whole
Oct 01, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
Young widow Ellen Wood feels as though she's treading water in the first few months after her husband's death. Her eleven-year-old son Charlie is her primary focus, as well as the books she edits for romance author Allegra Howard. Her Victorian home is her sanctuary, and between maintaining that home for herself and her son, and working from home, she scarcely even needs to leave it—which suits her fine, because she loves this home that seems to embody everything precious in her life.

So when she
Aug 18, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellie Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits. But her reality is somewhat less rose-tinted. Once upon a time, Ellie had her 'happily ever after' moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband's tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home. On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie finally succumbs to her sister's well- ...more
I really enjoy Rowan Coleman’s writing style, so when I saw a book from her back catalogue available, I just had to request it. I thought The Happy Home For Broken Hearts was a good read, if a little predictable in places.

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts centres around Ellen and her son Charlie. Ellen’s husband Nick, died in a car crash and her world has been turned upside down. Ellen is trying to move forward with her life, but with debt looming over her, she finally accepts her sister’s help a
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Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in the opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.

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