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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. 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 very close to her chest for uite a lot of the story Fifteen years ago her life was very different until she suffered a crushing tragedy from which she has never recovered one that left her scarred both physically and emotionally Now however she has decided it is time to put the past firmly behind her and she is going to try and build a relationship with Rufus The story of the tragedy is released slowly in a series of flashbacks going back to when she was 19 and I really enjoyed this section of the book and in particular I loved the part dealing with the aftermath I was fascinated to watch how people cope following a traumatic experience whether it was their own experience or that of a loved one and the message that came over was that there are no hard and fast rules on what to do as everyone deals with things in their own wayNow if your ears pricked up at the name Rufus then you will be pleased to know that it is the Rufus from Surrounded by Water and characters from that book also show up here Even Elizabeth makes a couple of fleeting appearances and it was nice to come across her again However this is not a follow on but of a crossover book so if you haven t read Surrounded by Water then it really doesn t matterIn short this is a really good read that kept me interested right to the end and was certainly not predictable there were definitely some surprises along the way A thoroughly enjoyable story Many thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the review copy

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The Other Half Of My Heart

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

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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. 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 and send her safe life into a spinHaving read Stephanie Butland s debut novel Surrounded by Water later retitled Letters to my Husband it was a pleasure to return to Throckton and catch up on the lives of the characters from the first book However the real pleasure for me in this book was meeting Bettina May the secretive newcomerBettina s passion for bread and baking really appealed to the bread addict in me and I found myself salivating over some of the tantalising descriptions of Bettina s creations I thought it was a great idea to put some recipes at the end of the book tooThe cover may suggest that this is chick lit which it is to some extent but it is so much than that too The relationships portrayed in The Other Half of my Heart are complex and completely believable Stephanie Butland does not shy away from tackling uncomfortable topics and I respect her for the honest but sensitive way she portrays the issues in this bookThe slow burn of having Bettina s current life interspersed with flashback chapters really made me care about the central character as well as being able to empathise with her regarding the predicament she finds herself in I found myself in tears several times during this story because I cared so much about Bettina


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 very close to her chest for uite a lot of the story Fifteen years ago her life was very different until she suffered a crushing tragedy from which she has never recovered one that left her scarred both ph

  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 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

  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 T

  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 while To elicit an e

  5. says:

    I read Stephanie's debut novel Letters to my Husband earlier this year and absolutely loved it I was therefore ex

  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 and send her safe life into a spinHaving read Stephanie Butland’s deb

  7. says:

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

  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 easily?The 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 dump

  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 I