Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long ~ My Thoughts


Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print and e-book, 281 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing

Destiny Jones is doing just fine on her own, thanks. From her thriving one-woman carpentry business to the loving support of her small-town community, Destiny has constructed a life as sturdy and polished as her best cabinets. Twenty years ago, Destiny’s world collapsed when her mother died and her father, Albert, abandoned his daughter to pursue acting in New York. His devastating exit taught Destiny a lesson in self-reliance that has kept her safe—and alone—ever since.

Now Albert Jones is back, begging for a second chance. Destiny suspects he’s simply staging another performance, starring himself as the prodigal father. Should she act on her misgivings? Or listen to her inner child, who still yearns for a family? When Albert divulges a shocking secret, Destiny’s life will again be turned upside down.

Kathleen Long’s warm, wise novel reveals the armor that has protected us in the past is often the very thing we must shed to fully live and love.


My thoughts about Broken Pieces ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—'My father stood at my front door as if he'd simply run out for bread and forgotten his keys.'

I have to be honest here and tell you that the first thing that grabbed me about this book was the cover. I thought it was intriguing and it captured my attention. Then I read the synopsis and I was even more intrigued. Looking at it a little bit more, I realized that I had already read a book by Kathleen, Chasing Rainbows, and I loved it, so I knew this one would be a good one. But I had no idea that this book would blow me away the way that it did! It touched me like no other book has in a long time. 

Destiny has pretty much lived on her own for twenty years. Then her father shows up again and her world is turned upside down. I felt every emotion that she did and I was not about to forgive her father for what he had done either. He did not deserve her forgiveness. How could he walk away at the time that she also lost her mother? I really did not like the man!

I loved the way this story made me feel so many different emotions and made me feel like I truly experienced what each character was going through. A big part of this book deals with something that I have recently had to face but Kathleen has written about it so beautifully that I felt not only the emotions of the struggle but also the peace that comes after as well.

What more can I say? Broken Pieces is a beautifully written, emotional journey that one family has to take. I loved it and if you like well-written women's fiction, you need to add this to your TBR list! 

Thank you for another fabulous story, Kathleen! 

About the author

Kathleen Long is a USA TODAY bestselling author of sixteen novels in the genres of Women’s Fiction, Suspense, and Contemporary Romance. She divides her time between suburban Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. When she’s not on deadline or teaching creative writing, Kathleen spends her time bribing her tween to pick up her room and begging her dog to heel.

Please look for BROKEN PIECES, available July 19th from Lake Union Publishing.

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  1. Great review, Susan! I have this one on my Kindle and hope to read it next. I'm sure it will be wonderful!

  2. Thank you for your very kind words, Susan!


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