5 Stars for Diary of a Broken Heart by Karen Campbell #FF #Romance @ringealba


Title: Diary of a Broken Heart
Author Name: Karen Campbell
Publication Date & Length: March 31, 2015 – 556 pgs


“The Diary of a Broken Heart” is a year in the life of thirty-eight year old lesbian, Vivian Westwood. Viv is an over-weight night-shift Tesco worker, who likes to eat, watch ‘Jeremy Kyle’ and lament the state of her love life.

The diary introduces Viv and her friends: Trace at work with the topsy-turvy love life; best friend, Lor, that Viv is hopelessly in love with; and her pen-pal Flash (Morag Gordon) who obsesses over Kate Bush.

But this is more than just a diary. This is an insight into the mind of an ordinary woman, who gets through her ordinary days in an ordinary way until she is diagnosed with cervical cancer. This diary will bring her self-deprecating humour to the fore as she fights this ghastly disease and begins to see her life in a new way, finally seeing the truths from her past and making decisions for her future happiness.

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This is a magnificent book, well written, full of pathos, humour, honesty and candour.
I found the novel really fitted into the way it was presented, in the form of a diary. Naming the diary was pure genius and so very apt.
The first few diary entries made me laugh out loud, the humour so well presented, however, slowly doubts began to creep in was the humour a front for something even the writer of the diary was unable to face? As the entries continue the humour is still there but so is the fear and misconceptions being felt but not accepted by the diarist.
This diary takes you on a journey every woman what ever her sexuality can relate to. A different journey many lesbians will understand. This is a beautifully written piece of work that will make you laugh, make you cry but one all woman can empathize with.
The growing realization of what love truly means, the journey undertaken to discover this love, the pain and emotions felt along the way are all portrayed beautifully in this passionate and very savvy book.
A true love story, written honestly and covering a subject that many women fear, but done in a truly understanding and compassionate way, with an underlying humour that works so well along with the pathos it represents. A book I would recommend to all women what ever their sexual orientation.


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Scottish writer Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University’s prestigious Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time.

A former police officer, Karen can legitimately claim to have worked the streets of Glasgow, and her debut novel, described as ‘gritty as hell, shot through with black humour’, weaves personal insights and experiences to take a look at life behind the uniform – and the choices women make in life.

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