Customer Reviews for

The Home for Broken Hearts

Average Rating 4
( 13 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(4)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    I would recommed

    Enjoyable how lives become intertwined and friends are made. In general people are good and caring of one another.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Different and enjoyable

    This is not your standard story line but it kept me intrigued most of the way through. It bogged down in the sister's relationship near the end but in general it was captivating and well written. The characters were well developed and likable even when they weren't doing likable things. In fact, there could be some could sequel or spinoff story lines too. I will look for more from this author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 15, 2010

    INTERESTING!

    THE HOME FOR BROKEN HEARTS by Rowan Coleman is a contemporary romance set in London. It is well written with details,depth, twists and turns. It has grieving widows,love,lost, boardinghouse, mothers, sons, single parenthood, struggles, secrets, friendship, family, renewal and finding yourself. The characters are interesting, charming, bold and have struggles with life and other issues. The story interweaves several characters together living in a boardinghouse. It shows their struggles, their fears, heartbreak and coming together of true friends and family. If you enjoy chick flics you will enjoy this one. This book was reveived for review from Simon and Schuster and details can be found at Gallery Books and My Book Addiction and More

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 9, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Great story

    I sometimes find it hard to get into books about England because even though they are written in English the slang and differences in language make it difficult for me to fully grasp what the characters are saying. While I did experience a bit of that with this book for the most part it was pretty easy for me to pick up on. I'm finding that the more I read from English authors, the easier the language differences are to decipher. Having said that I really thought this was a great book.

    The whole premise of the book is that Ellen's life is ripped apart by the death of her husband and she is trying to rebuild. What ensues in that rebuilding is a great story of family and friendship. The relationship that Ellen has with her young son and her sister are already strained and the fact that a year after Ellen's husband's death she is still not sure on how to "recover" make the relationships even more strained. Then the lodgers come into the story and everything Ellen has thought about her life, her future, her ability to cope are turned upside down.

    The characters are very well developed. I really liked Ellen, she needs some work, but who doesn't... And given that her husband was her life she's very lost. She comes off as being meek and weak-willed, but as the story gets going she finds her strength and her ability to live a life without her husband.

    I really liked the writing. It was humorous at times, not poking fun at the situation, but humorous none the less. It was also very emotional. Understanding what emotions Ellen is feeling is almost painful at times. I could feel the grief she was dealing with. Although the main plot was a bit predictable there were more than enough twists thrown in to make the story really stand out.

    I think I'm going to have to pick up some of Coleman's other novels. And I have to say that as I'm writing this I'm thinking of ways that the story could continue into a series with all these characters. It was truly an engaging story.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 9, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A Good Chick Lit Read!

    I haven't always been one for the genre "chick lit", however sometimes you find a gem I like. The Home for Broken Hearts has become one I did enjoy. Also, as a full American person, I also have to say I loved the English slang within this book. Imagine "Bridget Jones" movies and you have some of the lingo us US chaps find so fun. As for the story it really revolves around a group of people, but more so around two in particular, Ellen and Matt. It is their story that is also the most interesting. Of course, the two would be nothing without a ornery almost 12 year old boy. Without him I don't know if we would have had our HEA.

    Ellen and Matt's growth into their true selves is heartfelt and heartwarming and it is their faults that really make them interesting. What is also wonderful is that every one's faults become the impetus for further growth and insight into their own true beauty. Yes, there were people within the book you did not like and I'd have to say, Hannah, her sister was one for me. Even though I did soften a bit (and I mean a bit) toward her at the end, I still understood her place within the book.

    All in all I give this book a surprising 4 stars and I might have to look up more of Rowan Coleman's books when I'm in a bit of a chick lit mood.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 5 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1