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Unbreak Your Heart

by Katie Marsh

Relationship Stories Modern and Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Health & Fitness

LoveReading Expert Review of Unbreak Your Heart

Set in a beautiful Lake District village, Katie Marsh’s fifth novel is an emotional story of hope, love and courage.

There is often something extra-affecting about novels that have their roots in real life events and Unbreak Your Heart is no exception.

Seven-year-old Jake has spent much of his short life in hospitals receiving treatment for a life threatening heart condition and is absolutely determined not to leave his single dad, Simon, to live alone, resolute in his ambition to find Simon someone to love and to love him. 

His hopes for his father are equally mirrored by Simon’s love and hopes for his son and the sacrifices he makes to ensure that Jake’s life is as good as it can be.

Into this mix Marsh introduces us to the wonderful Beth, who moves into the cottage next door and who changes Simon and Jake’s lives forever.

Inspired by the courage of Katie’s daughter who was born with a cleft lip and palate and who underwent seven operations in eight years, Marsh’s latest is an extraordinary story about, hope, love, yes of course, but also of courage. 

It also about the redemptive and healing power of friends and family, how persistence pays off and above all a reminder that even in the darkest times of pain and difficulty, the light does shine through and can transform broken hearts.

Marsh is always at her best when depicting the dynamics of close personal relationships and has a talent for crafting completely addictive stories that are both heart-wrenching and life-affirming without veering into schmaltz.

That Unbreak Your Heart is also perfectly seasoned with some beautifully weighted moments of humorous relief merely adds to the pleasure of this transformative tale.

Paul Blezard

Unbreak Your Heart Synopsis


Seven-year-old Jake's heart is failing and he doesn't want to leave his dad, Simon, alone. So he makes a decision: to find Simon someone to love before he goes.

Beth is determined to forget the past. But even when she leaves New York to start afresh in a Lake District village, she can't shake the secrets that haunt her.

Single dad Simon still holds a candle for the woman who left him years ago. Every day is a struggle to earn a living while caring for his beloved son. He has no time for finding someone new.

But Jake is determined his plan will succeed - and what unfolds will change all three of them forever.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781473685741
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Katie Marsh
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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Katie Marsh Press Reviews

PRAISE FOR UNBREAK YOUR HEART I was genuinely moved by this touching love story - Kate Eberlen

There is nothing I don't love about this book . . . A beautiful story that reminds us all of the power and importance of love. A quietly powerful and beautifully human tale of love in all its guises. - Isabelle Broom

Such a special story - Sarah Turner - The Unmumsy Mum

Unbreak Your Heart is an exquisite portrayal of what it means to love and truly live. Gorgeously written, devastatingly affecting and utterly life-affirming, this book will lift your heart and make you count your blessings. I adored it - Miranda Dickinson

Beautiful and heartfelt -- Nina Pottell - Prima

A beautiful story - Bella

A gorgeous tale about the power of love in all its forms - Sun

Unbreak Your Heart will break your heart, and then mend it again. A delight from start to finish, full of vivid, loveable characters, it made me laugh and cry and reaffirmed my faith in the human heart - Alex Michaelides

A tender, beautifully written story that will make you smile and also reach for the Kleenex. Katie Marsh goes from strength to strength - Amanda Brookfield

This touching story about the fragility of life and the power of love is guaranteed to make you cry . . . A sensitive, joyful read - Woman's Weekly

So beautiful, so eloquent and written with such empathy it was impossible not to be swept up in the story - Penny Parkes

Poignant, bittersweet and achingly real - Katie writes straight from the heart and with such insight and pitch-perfect emotion - Iona Grey

Prepare for tears, laughs and a big hug of a book - Sun

I LOVED it. Such a great story and really lovely characters. I was totally there with them - Josie Lloyd

PRAISE FOR KATIE MARSH Katie Marsh is the queen of heartfelt fiction. She will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think. - Heat

Beautiful. Heartwarming and funny -- Carrie Hope Fletcher

Powerful, brave and joyous -- Miranda Dickinson

Thought-provoking . . . both brilliantly funny and sad - Sun

A heartfelt, warm, touching, brave and very human story -- Isabelle Broom

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About Katie Marsh

Katie Marsh lives in south west London with her husband and daughter. As well as writing novels she has a career in healthcare, and My Everything was inspired by the bravery of the patients she met while working in stroke services. Katie loves strong coffee, the feel of a blank page and stealing her husband's toast. You can follow her on Twitter @marshisms.   Author photo © Sarah Legge Photography

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