Book Description (via Goodreads): The first rule of heartbreak club is – get your heart broken. That’s all really.
Caroline’s heart broke when her husband took his own life.
Josh’s heart broke when his wife was killed in an accident.
And somehow, talking to a group of strangers once a week doesn’t seem to be helping either of them.
Until Sylvia arrives.
When she lost her own partner two years ago, she fell apart and had to put herself back together. Most of all she wished for the help of someone who’d been through it already. And now she’s here to pass her handbook on to those who need it most.
The problem is, following Sylvia’s rules means looking to the future. And Caroline and Josh each need some answers from their past before they can even think about that…
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group for approving me to read and review The Heartbreak Club by Eva Woods. I have given this book three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
We’re introduced to two main characters called: Josh and Caroline. They meet under difficult circumstances at a weekly meeting to help people through grieving as both of their partners have both died. From the synopsis we know that Caroline’s husband has taken his own life and Josh’s wife was killed in an accident. As we follow a dual narrative, we start to learn a lot about Caroline and Josh, how they’re dealing with losing their partners and also, the back stories to their partners’ death as it has left some unanswered questions and secrets behind. I found this concept to be quite interesting as I hadn’t read a story similar to this one before and really enjoyed Eva Woods writing.
I thought Caroline and Josh were two strong, great characters who I liked learning about and could definitely feel a connection between the two even though they’re both in a vulnerable state I thought they were there for one another and at times I could sense the tension surrounding them. I felt very sorry for both of them throughout this novel due to the secrets that are revealed later on in the story, but I wouldn’t want to spoil anything so I’m keeping this book review to a minimum.
One character that made the book for me was Sylvia, she was a wonderful supporting character who definitely holds a special place in my heart after reading this book.
I must commend Eva Woods on her incredible writing throughout this story, she really knows how to captivate an audience with her words.
I’d say the main reason why I didn’t give more stars for this book is down to my reading slump, although I really enjoyed Eva Woods’ writing I’m currently in that state of finding it hard to really fall out of reality and switch off completely. So, I would love to re-visit this story and these characters in the future.
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