I always enjoy the stories that Paige Toon creates as I know I’m guaranteed to be swept up in her character’s lives and experience all the ‘feels.’ In The Last Piece of my Heart, I love that Bridget gets her own story … in previous stories she’s always been a secondary character. Always there for her friends (Laura in The Longest Holiday and Bronte in Thirteen Weddings) I was intrigued to see if she was how I had imagined her to be! She was and much more. I loved The Last Piece of my Heart and those feelings? I still have them 🙂
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (18 May 2017)
When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture… Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.
A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.
Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie…
In the prologue, Bridget bumps into first love Elliot while she’s working in Sydney and she shares her theory that the men she’s loved have a piece of her heart. Bridget’s back in the UK over a year later with their relationship still solid she’s pitched the idea to her editor who tells her she has to blog about her experiences as she tries to claim the pieces of her heart back. Elliot knows she can’t commit wholeheartedly to him and Bridget thinks that having all the pieces back will lead her back to Elliot. Called in by her editor she thinks things will start moving only to find out her editor wants her to ghostwrite the sequel to the deceased Nicki’s bestselling novel so early June sees her moving to Padstow for the summer. And the layers of emotion begin …
It was so easy to be swept up into Bridget and Charlie’s friendship from those early, awkward days. So much heartache as Bridget works from Nicki’s study, reading her notes and diaries, trying to gauge where she would have taken the story and on edge with so many people to please. There are a few ‘firsts’ for both of them as Charlie starts to heal and Bridget opens up. Conflict comes from the unusual situation as much as from other characters.
It was great getting to know Bridget. I loved the way she thought and the consideration she gave to the feelings of others. Through another character we see another side to Bridget too …
I thought there was a great balance of emotions. There are many scenes that brought my emotions (laughter as well as tears) to the surface and unusually for me, there’s not just one scene that’s my favourite. I could visualise the settings, whether that was in ‘Hermie’ the motorhome on the campsite, in Charlie’s home, London or Thailand. Paige Toon knows how to build the picture and draw your senses in.
The way the theme of the story (that last piece of Bridget’s heart) ties all the threads up is inspired. It’s not what you think it’s going to be 🙂
I was eager to pick up The Last Piece of my Heart each evening and found it hard to put down. It’s a story about family and trust, loss, healing and love. It has plenty of ‘feels’ and characters you’ll want to be best friends with. A keeper for me and highly recommended.
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