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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Piece of my Heart by Wendy Lou Jones - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Hannah is a kindhearted woman who loves to eat cake. She has a pretty good life, but when she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she thinks she needs to make some changes. Hannah starts with the goal to lose weight and she's looking into sports that will help her get the needed exercise. What begins like an innocent way to get fit again, ends with Hannah in an ambulance. How can it be that a young woman is gasping for air after a short period of action?

In the hospital Hannah is told that she has a serious condition that can only be treated with surgery. She regularly visits the hospital café and it's on one of those occasions she meets Matt. Matt spends a lot of time at the hospital, because his son was in a terrible accident. Hannah and Matt are helping each other to cope with the horrible situations that await them when they return to the hospital rooms. Matt doesn't know that Hannah is a patient though and Hannah prefers to keep it that way. She doesn't intend to deceive him, but she wants to feel like a normal person when she's with him. What will Matt do when he finds out the real reason that Hannah is in the hospital?

Hannah and Matt are both at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They comfort each other and it was heartwarming to read about how they talk to each other. They make jokes and are slowly becoming more than friends. Hannah is Matt's rock when he stands by his son's side who's fighting for his life. Matt struggles with what happened and also needs to face his son's grandparents who never believed in him in the first place. I loved how Hannah makes him break down his walls, so he can start healing by dealing with the pain his past has caused him. Hannah is so brave and strong. She finds something positive in each day, no matter how bad she feels. I was desperately wishing for Hannah to pull through, so she'd be able to look forward to a bright future again.

A Piece of my Heart is a beautiful thought-provoking and heartbreaking story. Wendy Lou Jones has a medical background herself and this shows in the vivid descriptions of the lifes behind hospital walls. In a hospital pain and sadness is expected, but I hadn't thought about the laughter and love that fills its halls as well. Wendy Lou Jones surprised me several times with wonderful unexpected twists and turns. A Piece of my Heart is a bittersweet story, it moved me to tears, but it also put a big smile on my face.


If you love thought-provoking and emotional love stories you should definitely read A Piece of my Heart.

About Wendy Lou Jones

I spent a happy childhood in West Sussex, where I studied hard at school and in my spare time, danced (ballet and jazz) and fell in love with guinea pigs.

I took Medicine at university and qualified as a doctor in 1994, working in various fields until I dropped out to have kids, several years later. How on Earth did I end up here, you ask? I do, frequently. Well, one night, in my late 30s, I had a dream. As simple as that. A dream that inspired me. And I’ve been reading and writing ever since.


The Fiction Dilemma 
Guest post by Wendy Lou Jones

Never let facts get in the way of a good story. This was something I discovered whilst researching my latest book. About 90% of my story happens within a 2 week period. Anyone from the UK will understand how getting diagnosed, investigated and treated in so short a space of time is completely unrealistic over here, but without that liberty the story would have been dull. And yet, surprisingly, the biggest stretch of the imagination was yet to come.

Feeling studious one day I took myself into town to the café at the front of my local hospital. I was determined to do real live research and get the details right. But as I stood in a very slow queue, looking at some frankly mediocre cakes and eventually being served by a surly woman, I began to doubt the value of such dedication to truth.

Never mind, I thought, write it all down.

So I took myself off to a table and began to jot down notes. Notes that included the tepid state of my teacake and the solid form of the frozen butter brick I was given to spread on it with a plastic knife. The tea was stirred with a piece of plastic resembling a threadless needle and the table needed half a dozen serviettes stuffed under one leg to stop it from rocking. Not the ideal setting for a love story in anyone’s book and certainly not mine.

Time to use my imagination.

So if you’ve ever noticed facts sometimes get overlooked in lieu of story in historical fiction, I’m here to tell you, contemporary has its problems too.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of The Songbird and the Soldier, By My Side and The Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. A Piece of My Heart sounds like a beautifully written, poignant and emotionally powerful story.

  2. Thank you for having me on again, ladies. Glad you liked it. :-)

  3. I love emotional love stories! Thanks for sharing!

  4. don't read a lot via digi, but there are some that are worth it - would love to read these books!!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed your guest post Wendy. I no longer live in England but the NHS worries me no end, where will it all end? Not to mention Brexit! I adored the description of the cafe, wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing these titbits which took me back to my origins. :-)

  6. The book covers are all so pretty.

  7. Interesting, but too cliche.

  8. After reading this I am really looking forward to reading this myself. Thanks so much...

  9. Wendy Lou's books always have such beautiful covers!