Paige Toon – The Last Piece of My Heart

Another E-book by an author that I’ve heard of but never read before, picked up because the e-book is currently free on Amazon, and the perfect book for a long train ride home.

However, I did have extremely mixed feelings about the book, which you might understand as you hear more.

In the book, we meet Bridget, a successful travel writer, who is currently travelling around the world meeting up with past boyfriends to ask them for the piece of her heart back. She has a theory that she’s given a piece of her heart to every boyfriend she’s been with, and she won’t be happy in her current relationship until she tracks them all down – and what a perfect topic for her blog too!

So she has left her current boyfriend Elliot in Australia while she goes on this mission (with his full backing), and she’s pretty sure that he will propose when she returns.

But while she’s in the UK, she’s offered a chance she can’t turn down. An author called Nicole Dupre died, leaving behind a bestselling novel and an unfinished sequel, and her family have decided they want someone to ghost-write the end of the sequel to bring it to a conclusion for her fans.

So Bridget ends up moving to Cornwall for 2 months, to work in the home-office of Nicole Dupre. But obviously, being a home office, it means she ends up spending a lot of time with Nicole’s grieving husband Charlie and their small child April.

Charlie seems very distant at first (I mean, he’s just lost his wife and has been solely responsible for their baby girl since she was 5 weeks old, so I’m not surprised), but slowly, Bridget manages to draw him out of his shell.

And then it started to get a bit weird for me. Charlie is clearly grieiving and not coping very well with the loss of his wife, but you can see Bridget quite obviously falling in love with him, and as he starts to warm to her too, you know where the ending is going.

Don’t get me wrong, it was written very sensitively, and the turmoil of emotions that Charlie goes through were very thoughtfully written, but it did make me a bit on edge that it was all happening so quickly, and it seemed like Bridget was a little bit manipulative to be honest.

But over all that [spoiler alert], I did enjoy the happy ending. Charlie deserved it, and it did seem like Bridget was the right person for him to end up with after she had cared for him and April so well, it just set me on edge a little, that’s all.

My rating: 4Average rating: 4.38
400 pages. Published in: 2017
Read in E-bookon 17th-18th May 2019

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