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“It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough and there was the trace of hot fresh bread in the air She took a deep breath and unlocked the door”Fifteen years ago Bettina May’s life’s veered off course in one disastrous night St Many thanks to Sarah at Transworld for both my ecopy and physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I am than happy to give When I was asked to be part of the blog tour I was beyond pleasedMy expectations of this book were high I had read Stephanie s debut Letters to My Husband when it was known as Surrounded by Water and have been tapping my fingers waiting for a second novel from her ever since As I closed the last page and I had to sit uietly taking in all that I had read I must have felt every emotion possible reading that book from helplessness and sadness to happiness and elation The Other Half of My Heart was just as intense and it was clear pretty early on that the main character Bettina May was a workaholic Absorbed in building up her new business a bakery filling every minute of the day working on and in it leaving little time for anything or anyone else She did form a tentative relationship of a friendship really with her neighbour Rufus and at first it was difficult to see why she held him at arms length Before too long though it became apparent she was living the life she was as a way of coping and blocking out the past Her story unfolds with the past revealed bit by bit by the author who split the chapters between the present day and fifteen years previous when life for Tina as she was known then was pretty much perfect Spending almost all her time at the stables where she worked that were owned by the parents of her boyfriend Roddy She had everything going for her until one dreadful night when a tragic turn of events shattered the lives of herself and those closest to herStephanie created characters that really got under my skin and made me uestion what I would have done in the same circumstances Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and how we react depends upon the people and characters we were to begin with This is a heart breaking story that demonstrates all too clearly how a tragic accident can send ripples way beyond the point of impact A truly desperate set of circumstances shattered the lives of two families everyone coping with the fallout in different ways until the past comes back to meet the present and Bettina and those she was closest too must re visit Tina s pastThis for me was a compulsive read that was at times uite harrowing but also very uplifting a story that demonstrates uite strongly that nothing is unsurmountable when faced with true love Trust and communication play a huge part in this novel and prove that it s best to face your fears head on Time is a great healer and distance and space are sometimes needed to see clearly but it s sometimes best to face your demons head onAll in all a beautiful story told in such a way I felt genuine empathy for all the characters When it ended I was left with a warm glow whilst uietly cheering and clapping I genuinely cared for the characters as I would any close friends Stephanie has without doubt got the knack of getting under my skin An author who seems to understand that when life falls apart and is full of tragedy grief and guilt the power of love trust and friendship can bind it all back together againThis novel delivered exactly what I expected and providing escapism with than a touch of realism I highly recommend both this book but importantly this author a lady with huge talent

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Ill reeling from the shock of losing everything she thought was hers Bettina opens a bakery in a village and throws herself into the comfort of bread makingShe spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients She meets so I read Stephanie s debut novel Letters to my Husband earlier this year and absolutely loved it I was therefore excited and also a little bit nervous about reading her second book Excited because I d loved the first so much and nervous for the same reason I was worried in case it didn t live up to expectations Well the good news is there is no need to worry this is another really good readThe book revolves around Bettina and her artisan bakery cafe Adventures in Bread Opening the shop was Bettina s way of trying to move forward from an event 15 years previously which totally altered her life path The problem is however that that life defining event is so firmly locked in her psyche that it keeps her chained to the past and influences her friendships and would be relationships Unfortunately or fortunately a chance meeting forces her to face her demons and finally confront them Without dropping any spoilers that s all I intend to say about thatFrom the cover and the title you might be lulled into thinking this is a chick lit type romance but far from it It s an emotional bittersweet tale that is at times hard hitting and covers relationships love loss and loyalties in a way that is realistic and totally engaging The book is exceedingly well written and alternates Bettina s back story when she was known as Tina with a her contemporary life and friendship with Rufus until the two finally combine All of the characters are well drawn and for the most part sympathetic and I loved Tina as her younger self especially the relationship she had with her family and her employers the Flood family It was so well portrayed that it makes what happens all the heartbreaking and devastating For anyone who has read the previous novel you will recognise several cross over characters which is an interesting way of moving on from the first book but not in such a way that you need to have read that beforehand or that this one acts as a spoiler for the first This can be read as a complete stand alone This book is suitable for all ages and would make a good book club choiceI received an Advance Review Copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review and in this instance am delighted to be able to wholeheartedly recommend this book without any ualms

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Meone She begins to healUntil someone who knows what happens that night walks into Bettina's bakery In the pause of a heartbeat fifteen years disappear and Bettina remembers a time she thought was lost for ever Can she ever go ba Utterly dreadful How can an author go from the sublime to the ridiculous so easilyThe main character came across as selfish and very annoying She had a lovely man who clearly adored her but she decided to go back to her ex who was nothing than a playboyI stopped reading with 30 pages to go when the Bettina character dumped her boyfriend at a ball and she went off with her ex Dreadful


10 thoughts on “The Other Half Of My Heart

  1. says:

    This is a very bittersweet read one that really held my attention to the end Bettina which reminds with Retina owns her own bakery and is in a “not uite a” relationship with her neighbour Rufus the reasons for which are kept ve

  2. says:

    Many thanks to Sarah at Transworld for both my ecopy and physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I am than

  3. says:

    I haven't yet read Surrounded by Water or Letters to My Husband as it later became known for the paperback release however The Other Half of My Heart was an excellent book to start with being an intense and poignant read with fully drawn engaging characters and a story that had me hooked from the first page As the book progresses we find out why Tina became Bettina and also how her life changed so drastically

  4. says:

    Having read the synopsis and seen mention of Bettina opening a bakery I was expecting a rather light hearted story I could probably read in a day What I got was a deep involving plot with super characters Heart wrenching at times and emotionally charged it did reduce me to tears at one point and I had to put it down for a

  5. says:

    I read Stephanie's debut novel Letters to my Husband earlier this year and absolutely loved it I was therefore excited and also a little bit nervous about reading her second book Excited because I'd loved the first so much and nervous for the

  6. says:

    Bettina May has opened a bakery in the village of Throckton and she’s a hit with the locals Bettina though is hiding from something – and the memory of an event that Bettina has been running from for fifteen years is about to confront her

  7. says:

    The book is well written considering that it alternates between Bettina's past when she was known as Tina to her

  8. says:

    I loved Lost for Words so I was delighted to get my hands on this novel This one is sad emotionally rich and beautiful and it made me shed a few tears at the end It was a bit slow at the beginning but I'm really glad I kept going I'll be keeping an eye out for books by this author from now on

  9. says:

    Utterly dreadful How can an author go from the sublime to the ridiculous so easilyThe main character came across as selfish and very annoying She had a lovely man who clearly adored her but she decided to go back to her ex who was nothing than a playboyI stopped reading with 30 pages to go when the Bettina character dumped her boyfriend at a ball and she went off with her ex Dreadful

  10. says:

    I found this a bit hard to get into to begin with but I stuck with it and soon got involved in the characters by the end

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