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A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall
  

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Naïve Hadley comes from the middle of England and gets an exchange place to a university in Lausanne. She has never been anywhere so everything comes as a bit of a culture shock. Her student block is full of wonderful stereotypes! Among them a super-alive Dutch girl, Kristina. The two become inseparable, living life to the full and still being model students. Kristina has a married boyfriend she can’t exist without and won’t discuss. Then she gets hit by a hit-and-run driver and the story changes gear. The whole student life is splendidly told but it’s the twist at the end that takes this book up above the norm. I didn’t see it coming at all. Intriguing and beautifully done. Very neat.

If you like Emylia Hall you might also like to read books by Amanda Hodgkinson, Hannah Richell and Sadie Jones.

Synopsis

A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall

From the author of The Book of Summers, picked for Richard & Judy's 2012 summer book club, comes the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise; a year that will never be forgotten. For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful - no great loves, no searing losses. But that's before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes. Hadley, left reeling and guilt-stricken, beings to lean on the only other person to whom she feels close, her American Literature professor Joel Wilson. But as the pair try to uncover the truth of what happened that night, their tentative friendship heads into forbidden territory. And before long a line is irrevocably crossed, everything changes, and two already complicated lives take an even more dangerous course...

Reviews

As tender and insightful as it is gripping... the sheer joy of being young and alive is shining out on every page -- Susan Fletcher, author of EVE GREEN

Praise for Emylia Hall: 'Enchanting and vivid... an amazing debut' - Cosmopolitan

Beautifully nuanced - Spectator

Fantastically evocative and sun-drenched - Stylist

'A compelling coming-of-age story with a superb twist' - Easy Living

'[An] emotive novel not to be missed' - Star

'[A] crystalline tale... A novel that glints with passion, loss and doubt' - Marie Claire

About the Author

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall was born in 1978 and grew up in the Devon countryside, the daughter of an English artist and a Hungarian quilt-maker. After studying at York University and in Lausanne, Switzerland, Emylia spent five years working in a London ad agency, before moving to the French Alps. It was there that she began to write. Emylia now lives in Bristol with her husband, also an author.

Author photo © fayetography.com

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Book Info

Publication date

13th March 2014

Author

Emylia Hall

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755390892

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