The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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In this tender and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant bookseller. "Beautifully written. . . . Full of insight into the nature of tragedy, love, and redemption." --Garth Stein "Hillman guides us on a poignant journey of unthinkable loss, love, and the healing capacity of the written word." --Ellen Keith, author of The Dutch Wife Can one unlikely bookshop heal two broken souls? It is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can't make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Newly arrived from Hungary, Hannah is unlike anyone he's ever met--she's passionate, brilliant, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown's first bookshop. Despite the fact that Tom has only read only one book in his life, when Hannah hires him to install shelving for the shop, the two discover an astonishing spark. Recently abandoned by an unfaithful wife--and still missing her sweet son, Peter--Tom dares to believe that he might make Hannah happy. But Hannah is a haunted woman. Twenty-four years earlier, she had been marched to the gates of Auschwitz. Perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Light Between Oceans, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted cherishes the power of love, literature, and forgiveness to transform our lives, and--if we dare allow them--to mend our broken hearts.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Canada, 2019.
ISBN: 9780735236776
Characteristics: 304 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Oct 05, 2019

Having read Winton, Shute, Corris (including his autobiography as a teenage diabetic), Carrey, Moriarty, London, and others...I was interested in Hillman's 2nd book, because finding a new Aussie writer is always good! This book, set in 1968 with flashbacks to 1945, reminded me most of Shute's "A Town Like Alice" in that the main characters are well written and the "hook" of the small town residents reaction to a newbie plays well into the development, romance, and healing. No spoilers here...but he takes on all difficult subjects: biological parenting vs nurturing parenting; cult religions; May-October love and marriage; and even has the good-hearted main character perhaps either shy or a bit socially dysfunctional. Worth a read and good for book clubs because it also includes an Auchwitz survivor as a main character.

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JessicaGma Jul 04, 2019

I'm of two minds here as the characters were extremely well drawn and compelling, but I don't know if I bought the resolution of the final crisis. Seemed a little pat. So it's worth reading if you only like a bit of drama, but if you wish for more adventure, this is not the read for you right now.

Jun 09, 2019

It seemed to take a long time to get to the meat of 'The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted', with little clue as to where it was going, BUT the title absolutely captures the theme.

'The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted' is about surviving unimaginable heartbreak, fear of it happening again and finding courage in love, courage to love, courage to be where you should. It is exceptionally well written with honest descriptions of people, emotions and places, sometime beautiful, sometimes realistically awful and yes, sometimes heartbreaking.

Jun 01, 2019

Although there was some unfamiliar Australian jargon to interpret, I read this book straight though. The hero is such a good and gentle person that one can only wish him good things.

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