Review: How to Mend a Broken Heart (Rachael Johns)

Summer in New Orleans means hot days, long nights, spooky stories and surprising new beginnings.

Felicity Bell has struggled to move on after her marriage broke down. Her ex has found love again, her children have their own lives, and it’s beginning to feel like her only comfort comes from her dog and her job as a taxidermist. So when Flick gets an offer to work in New Orleans for a few months, she’s drawn to the chance to make a fresh start.

Zoe is ready to start a family with her husband, but when he betrays her, she’s left shattered and desperate for a change of scenery. Joining her mother on the other side of the world to drown her sorrows seems the perfect solution.

Although both mother and daughter are wary of risking their hearts to love again, Theo, a jazz bar owner, and Jack, a local ghost hunter, offer fun, friendship and distraction. But all is not as it seems in New Orleans…

A chance meeting with Aurelia, a reclusive artist who surprises them with lessons from her life, prompts Flick and Zoe to reassess what they want too. Can all three women learn from the past in order to embrace their future?

An uplifting novel about three women joyously learning to move on after heartbreak by the bestselling author of The Patterson Girls and Flying The Nest.

This was such a fun and rewarding read!

How to Mend a Broken Heart takes place primarily in New Orleans.

The novel follows the story of two Australians, Felicity Bell and her daughter Zoe, as they navigate through heartbreak and try to move on with their lives and forge new identities for themselves.

It was such a great read for Australians in the middle of a pandemic, marooned as we are. I hadn’t realised that I was yearning to travel so much until I found myself savouring every detail of travel in this book.

Rachael gives such vivid detail about what it’s like to walk through New Orleans as an outsider full of curiosity.

I also adored Felicity and Zoe’s character development, and I was thoroughly #TeamFlick the whole way through.

If you are looking for a well-crafted romance by an accomplished Australian author, then Rachael Johns is your gal, and I heartily recommend this novel.


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