The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
A very gentle and poignant story of great love. Young sheep farmer Tom Hope thinks he’s ‘pretty rubbish’ at maintaining any relationship, his first marriage over almost before it had begun, but to his astonishment he proves to be a great surrogate dad to young Peter. When he is ripped from his life to go to the ‘Jesus camp’ by his first wife, he is shattered. Into his life comes the charismatic Hannah, a beautiful Jewish holocaust survivor, illuminating his life with love, laughter and books. But will the ghosts of both their pasts stay long enough at bay for them to learn to love again?
Surrounding this couple are some of the most delightful depictions of townsfolk, from the physic postie to the bed-hopping butcher. A magical, uplifting read.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books