Today I have a review of Unbreak Me by Michelle Hazen, publishing on August 13, 2019 by Berkley.
Unbreak Me has such a beautiful cover, and the story inside is just as enchanting.
Andra Lawler lives a lonely life on her family’s ranch. She was assaulted in college, and the trauma keeps her closed off.
Andra needs help with foal training, so she hires a cowboy, LJ Delisle, from New Orleans to help her. LJ notices right away that Andra is lonely, and he bakes her a cake… and then teaches her how to cook. The two slowly fall in love.
LJ is an outsider to town, and many don’t trust him. Eventually, he has to leave due to a family emergency. He faces his own fears surrounding the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, and at the same time, Andra must decide if she can leave the ranch to be with LJ.
Unbreak Me is a sweet romance, but with the trauma in the background of both main characters, there is plenty of depth. I loved both LJ and Andra. They were written with such compassion. I also loved that LJ cooked for Andra.
Unbreak Me is a comfortable, well-written story with plenty of heart. I loved the settings and how beautifully they were captured by the author, and most of all, I loved the messages, the hope, and the love.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
What could two troubled souls from different walks of life have in common? Maybe everything.
Andra Lawler lives isolated at her family’s horse ranch, imprisoned by the memories of an assault in college. When she needs help training her foals, she hires a Haitian-Creole cowboy from New Orleans with a laugh as big as the Montana sky.
LJ Delisle can’t stand the idea that Andra might be lonely—or eating frozen TV dinners. He bakes his way into her kitchen with a lemon velvet cake, and offers her cooking lessons that set them on the road to romance. But even their love can’t escape the shadow of what they’ve been through. Despite their growing friendship and his gentle rapport with the horses, LJ is still an outsider facing small-town suspicions.
Before they can work through their issues, LJ is called home by a family emergency. In the centuries-old, raggedly rebuilt streets of New Orleans, he must confront memories of Hurricane Katrina and familiar discrimination. And Andra must decide if she’s brave enough to leave the shelter of the ranch for an uncertain future with LJ.