Today’s Sunday Book Review is for Lisa Thompson’s engaging book of short stories Hearts Unbroken. This book is aptly titled by Lisa, a fellow Canadian and friend who writes on the topic of help and healing on the topic of divorce on her blog LisaThompsonLive . In this book Lisa moves from nonfiction to fiction, bringing us stories about broken women who become empowered. #Recommended!
Hearts Unbroken is a short story collection about love, loss and healing our broken hearts.
Marriage, love, divorce, and loss are fascinating subjects that provide a sharp backdrop to the human experience. How we love, have our hearts broken, and rebound, create stories that connect us. This collection touches on a variety of scenarios. Extra-marital affairs, abandonment, single parenting, widowhood, and finding love again, are the themes explored.
In the face of loss, we often rise from the ruins, surprised by our own ability to heal, as the characters show us. Mack is a single father, abandoned by his wife. He views himself as a broken down Chevy of a father—yet his two children love him all the same. Rachel is a young widow, having lost the man she loves, unexpectedly. We see her grief unfold and love grow again. Ava, is a married woman with a dirty secret, can her catholic marriage survive? This collection of short stories offers the reader much to contemplate when it comes to love and loss. Above all, it offers hope. Watching the variety of characters putting their broken hearts back together, will inspire the deepest cynic to love again.
My 5 Star Review:
I loved this book. Hearts Unbroken is a wonderful book of short stories bringing us into the character’s lives, relationships and struggles stemming from abuse, broken hearts, loss, and overcoming. Some of the women in the stories are aware of their predicaments and initially feel despondent, depressed, or afraid to share their inner fears, and these stories will have many of us either identifying with them or hoping till the end that they will eventually be freed from their struggles, overcome, or escape their abusers.
This book will make you think and have yourself wondering what you would do in these situations. Some of the stories like Matt and Patti teaches us that even as a failed husband, Matt can manage to find love in his heart. Kora’s fame has her frightened to tell anyone about her abusive husband, leaving us cringing, wondering if she’ll get out alive. Rachel, the young widow is ensconced with grief, only finding that her strength is summoned to help save the life of her best friend. These are all human stories that happen in every day life that many will find themselves relating to.
A book of fiction, containing many truths. #Recommended!