How to Mend a Broken Heart 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       May 19, 2021


Author  Rachael Johns

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781489276827
Publisher:         HQ Fiction AU/Harper Collins Publishing
Release Date:   May 2021  


How To Mend A Broken Heart is the perfect feel good story for everyone who has suffered from a broken heart, has been plunged to the depth of despair and has faced life squarely, then making a life changing decision to alter the status quo, so to speak.

Felicity Bells’ waterloo came at a friend’s wedding. She had drunk a bit too much and when her ex, Sophia, told her she was seeing another man, it was simply all way too much. She had to face up to the fact that her life was at an all-time low, that life with her beloved Dog, and a career as a taxidermist was simply not enough.

Heartbreak for four years was, as her friends said, far too long and although it was admirable she had supported the man she thought was the love of her life as he transitioned to Sophia, perhaps it was time to take stock of her life. Her children were grown, her daughter Zoe and her husband were planning to start a family and Toby, her son was in the Airforce in Queensland.

An opportunity to move to New Orleans for three months saw Flick grab the chance to do something different: to perhaps leave the past in the  past and really begin again. Settling into her new life is easier than she ever imagined. The work and the shop is fascinating, the owner of the Jazz bar next door is easy on the eye and friendly, which is helping her understand a very different way of life and living.

When Zoe’s world comes to a shattering halt, she decides to join Flick in New Orleans and drown her sorrows, which she considers the perfect solution to her woes. Add a ghost hunter called Jack, an eccentric artist, Aurelia who more or less adopts Zoe, Theo the all to handsome bar owner with a passion for Flick, a mystery that surrounds Aurelia depicted in the very darkly dramatic pictures she paints and you have a seriously seductive novel that once begun is very, very difficult to put down.

Flick, Zoe and Aurelia all have to face their past and learn to let go, to be able to have future that can be anything they choose in the steamy, jazz laced vibrancy of New Orleans; a place where magic can and often does happen.

Rachael Johns has captured the darkly dramatic romance that is New Orleans. The steamy atmosphere, the layer of Jazz, voodoo and ghosts that make the place what it is and always has been; a city laced with tragedy, history, tremendously great food  and music.

Vibrant, laced with a rather quirky, light hearted humour based around circumstances we can all relate to, How to Mend A Broken Heart is the perfect excuse to spend the day cuddled up on the couch with a good glass of wine, a little soothing jazz or blues playing in the background, just to get into the atmosphere of being there in New Orleans, the closest any of us are likely to get for some time to come.