This is definitely different to what I am used to from this author. It was very heavy, so emotional and extremely sad. It is a well written tale that is not only a second change romance, it’s also heartbreaking and dealing with a little sole searching.
Andrew has experienced more than any twenty-five year old should have to. He has relied on his brother Ian in so many ways that they were each other’s best mate. Now that’s gone. There is only one person left to give him any sense of normalcy and family. Holland wants to be that person for Andrew, but it has to be for the right reasons. She then travels with him as he makes a journey of self discovery and gets more of an insight to his brother’s life in Japan. Andrew is not the only one who learns things about them self. Holland realizes she has incredible strength that is tested when dealing with all of Andrew’s issues. She is patient with him in giving him space to work through his grief. I think she’d make an excellent mother in the years ahead.
While I found the first half of the book quite depressing, I was only misty while reading the last letter. I was glad the tempo became more uplifting as the book progressed. It is not actioned pack in the sense of activity, more that it’s packed full of angst and emotions. As long as you know that going in, you will enjoy this novel.
Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely is a standalone contemporary romance based on second chances and overcoming loss. While the book was well-written and well-paced I found I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I think Andrew's pain might have been too much and Holland's easygoing spirit too easygoing. The story was solid, the descriptions of Tokyo and the different areas the characters visited was well done and the ending was happy and hard earned. This just wasn't one for me to gush over - that being said I still enjoyed it and Lauren Blakely remains a must-read author for me. Enjoy!