by Jane Shearer
ON the last but one page, the writer, Jane Shearer, has written Thank you for reading Broken is Beautiful. I hope you enjoyed it.
Yes, Jane, I did enjoy it.
Broken is Beautiful is a novel about a group of mismatched people who have come together for various reasons to work through their obsessions in the self-help group Obsessives Associated.
Obsessions vary from tattoos to doll collections, Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a very obscure desire to eat chalk and plaster board. Our main character, Julie, likes to mend broken objects but until she is forced to restart her business to pay her mortgage or suffer foreclosure she seems to wander through life with no real purpose.
All in the group have life stories that emerge through the telling which lead to these obsessions.
Throw into the mix the Christchurch earthquakes, COVID and the lock down, the day-to-day feelings around the vaccination debate and we have a fabulous insight of what it was like to live in New Zealand during that time. The facts were so accurate I felt as though I had gone back into that time. Remember the teddy bears we saw in the windows of houses as we went for our daily walks? And we all remember those 1pm updates on the television, don't we.
The novel is written with short chapters which I like, and the cover is beautifully designed. Whether we all like mended objects is a matter of personal taste but it makes a good story that flows well.
Readers can sit back with a sigh and be prepared to be entertained and sometimes challenged as the book unfolds to a satisfactory conclusion.
Author: Jane Shearer
Publisher: 3Eyes Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-473-66988 (paperback); 978-0-473-66989 (epub)