Review: The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken HeartThe Blurb

A hilarious new romantic comedy for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Jane Costello from Anna Bell, the bestselling author of Don’t Tell the Groom.

Abi’s barely left her bed since Joseph, the love of her life, dumped her, saying they were incompatible. When Joseph leaves a box of her possessions on her doorstep, she finds a bucket list of ten things she never knew he wanted to do. What better way to win him back than by completing the list, and proving they’re a perfect match?

But there’s just one problem – or rather, ten. Abi’s not exactly the outdoorsy type, and she’s absolutely terrified of heights – not ideal for a list that includes climbing a mountain, cycling around the Isle of Wight and, last but not least, abseiling down the tallest building in town . . .

Completing the list is going to need all Abi’s courage – and a lot of help from her friends. But as she heals her broken heart one task at a time, the newly confident Abi might just have a surprise in store . . .

The Review

Recently, my boyfriend and I went to stay at The Shard. We stayed there because he was turning thirty and it was on his bucket list. We got to talking about bucket lists and I realised that I don’t have one. Sure, there were some things that I would like to do but I have never considered them bucket list material more life goals.

I took our conversation as a sign to read The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell and maybe figure out if I had any bucket list material to work with.

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart is about thirty year old designer Abi who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend of one year. Abi, understandably feels shocked and confused. Joseph, her ex, was who she saw herself spending the rest of her life with, was the one. When he unceremoniously does the obligatory returning of the other person’s property, Abi finds Joseph’s life bucket list and sets on an adventure as she tries to complete Joseph’s list in a misguided effort to win him back.

But life doesn’t always follow the best laid plans…

I really liked The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart because the drama started straight away. There wasn’t a long drawn out inciting incident. I knew the premise straight away. I also loved Bell’s characters, more so because they seemed ordinary and real. Abi didn’t seem to be this ostentatious girl who almost sought out drama. The way she acted, her logic about how she would get her boyfriend back was relatable. We have all been there. Abi was likable in her ordinariness. Bell also makes a really fanciable male lead – phwoar to Ben!

Overall though, what I liked about The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart is that it has got me thinking about my own bucket list. Yes, this book has made me think.

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell is a lovely read, it is heart-warming and funny. It is a realistic view of modern day romance and it was a joy to read.

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell is available now.

Follow Anna Bell (@AnnaBell_writes) on Twitter.

4 Stars

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