Review: Beautifully Broken Life by Catherine Cowles

beautifully broken lifeTitle: Beautifully Broken Life

Author: Catherine Cowles

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Waitress/artist Tessa Fitzpatrick

The hero: Musician Liam Fairchild

The blurb: She’s on the run…

Tessa has finally found a safe haven in Sutter Lake, hiding in plain sight—just as long as no one asks too many questions.

He can’t escape…

Liam knows better than anyone how one wrong word, a single whisper can ruin a life. After seeing the darker side of fame, he’s desperate to retreat and find his voice again.

Two people from opposite worlds, brought together by a connection neither expected.

But the forces they’re both running from still lurk in the shadows…

And you never know when they might strike.

Standalone or series: This is book two of the Sutter Lake series, but can be read as a standalone. However, you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of book one!

The review: Catherine Cowles has yet again given us a lushly written romance that will simultaneously make your heart melt and ache, and introduces you to two characters who have to fight their demons to be together.

Tessa Fitzpatrick is on the run from her violent ex, who unfortunately is influencial and has a long reach. She flees to the other side of the country and changes everything – her name, her appearance, her life. As long as the past stays dead, she’ll remain alive.

Liam Fairchild is a famous singer, but he’s lost his voice. An overenthusiastic fan leaves him needing to flee LA, and he comes to Sutter Lake where one of his best friends, Taylor (the heroine of the previous book), lives. He needs the privacy and space to work out what he wants to do with career, but there is something about the woman who works at the local cafe that piques his interest. It’s clear Tessa is hiding something and she’s skittish around him at first, but his kind and gentle nature means that Tessa comes to slowly trust him.

Liam figures out she’s been hurt, although he has no idea to what extent. His fame is the very thing Tessa is trying to avoid – can they overcome their differences to make the budding romance between them work, or will Tessa be unable to overcome the past that haunts her and push Liam away for good?

Catherine is a wonderful author and I very much enjoy getting lost in the world she’s created, with characters I can care about. I can’t wait to read book three in this fantastic series!




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