Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Bookshop of The Brokenhearted by Robert Hillmam


Tom was shy, Trudy wasn't happy.

Trudy left Tom, came back pregnant, left again without her son, Peter, then came back again to take Peter away.  Taking Peter away devastated Tom because he grew to love Peter and was the main caregiver even though he wasn't Peter's father.

Tom decided he had to move on with his life since he was only thirty three, and he found Hannah to help with that.  Hannah moved a bit too fast for Tom, but it all worked out.

Tom was shy, Hannah was bolder.  Tom had tragedy in his life, but nothing like Hannah's.  Hannah had been in Auschwitz and had lost her husband and son in the camp.

Hannah was a very interesting character and a perfect match for Tom. They both had their talents, and they both complimented each other and taught each other different things until Hannah's moods became worse.

THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKENHEARTED moved along slowly but was an interesting read.  We learned about Auzchwitz and the life Hannah lived after she was free, how it all affected Hannah and her moods, and how her intensity about love, Tom, and her life was based on those experiences. 

We learned about farm life and how lonely Tom's life was and how Hannah brought new things into his life such as books.  We learned how Hannah made Tom happy because she gave him compliments about everything he did and filled his lonely days even though Hannah had her dark days that made Tom's days difficult.

I enjoyed the eccentric characters and the different story lines going on at once even though a few of the story lines were a bit intense. The characters had some quirky, and at times dangerous habits, but the characters were easy to like except for a few.

The author's writing style was fluid, easy, and pulled me in. I do have to say the book was a bit odd at times and difficult to follow.

THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKENHEARTED had many feelings going on...heartbreak, tragedy, loving someone even when they weren't lovable, and being hopeful for happiness in it all.

ENJOY if you read this book.  4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Hmm, I still need to read this one for review, your review is preparing me which is good.

    1. :)

      I hope you enjoy the book, Kathryn.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. I don't think this is the right time for me to read this book.

  3. Was there a bookshop in the story?

    1. Yes - Hannah had Tom build shelves into an old building to start a bookstore for the town.

      Thanks for commenting, Judy.

  4. Hmm! Despite some of the themes that do appeal to me I'm not sure quite why (perhaps the characters?) but on the whole this book doesn't shout read me.

    1. It did take a bit getting used to, but it wasn't bad.

      Thanks for commenting, Tracy.

  5. Another bookshop feature that sounds tempting.