The Other Half Of My Heart

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  • The Other Half Of My Heart
  • Stephanie Butland
  • 10 March 2019
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About the Author: Stephanie Butland

The Other Half Of My Heart ePUB ☆ The Other MOBI other kindle, half epub, heart pdf, The Other download, Half Of mobile, The Other Half Of My HeartOther Half Of download, The Other Half Of My Heart MOBIStephanie Butland is a writer, Half Of eBook ✓ who is thriving after breast cancer She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre Although she d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways Now she is happier, healthier, andcareful with her precious life and the precious people and things in itHer writing The Other MOBI :´ career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is a novelistAside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wartShe lives in Northumberland.


The Other Half Of My HeartThe Other Half Of My Heart ePUB ☆ The Other MOBI other kindle, half epub, heart pdf, The Other download, Half Of mobile, The Other Half Of My HeartOther Half Of download, The Other Half Of My Heart MOBIIt smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, Half Of eBook ✓ and there was the trace of hot, fresh bread in the air She took a deep breath and unlocked the door Fifteen years ago Bettina May s life s veered off course in one disastrous night Still reeling from the shock of losing everything she thought was hers, Bettina opens a bakery in a village and throws herself into the comfort of The Other MOBI :´ bread makingShe spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients She meets someone She begins to healUntil someone who knows what happens that night walks into Bettina s bakery In the pause of a heartbeat, fifteen years disappear and Bettina remembers a time she thought was lost for ever Can she ever go back.

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10 thoughts on “The Other Half Of My Heart

  1. Elaine says:

    This is a very bittersweet read, one that really held my attention to the end Bettina which reminds with Retina owns her own bakery and is in a not quite a relationship with her neighbour Rufus, the reasons for which are kept very close to her chest for quite a lot of the story Fifteen years ago her life was very different, until she suffered a crushing tragedy from which she has never recovered, one that left her scarred both physically and emotionally Now, however, she has decided it is This is a very bittersweet read, one that really held my attention to the end Bettina which reminds with Retina owns her own bakery and is in a not quite a relationship with her neighbour Rufus, the reasons for which are kept very close to her chest for quite a lot of the story Fifteen years ago her life was very different, until she suffered a crushing tragedy from which she has never recovered, one that left her scarred both physically and emotionally Now, however, she has decided it is time to put the past firmly behind her and she is going to try and build a relationship with Rufus The story of the tragedy is released slowly in a series of flashbacks going back to when she was 19 and I really enjoyed this section of the book and in particular I loved the part dealing with the aftermath I was fascinated to watch how people cope following a traumatic experience, whether it was their own experience or that of a loved one, and the message that came over was that there are no hard and fast rules on what to do as everyone deals with things in their own way.Now, if your ears pricked up at the name Rufus , then you will be pleased to know that it is the Rufus from Surrounded by Water and characters from that book also show up here Even Elizabeth makes a couple of fleeting appearances and it was nice to come across her again However, this is not a follow on butof a crossover book, so if you haven t read Surrounded by Water then it really doesn t matter.In short, this is a really good read that kept me interested right to the end and was certainly not predictable, there were definitely some surprises along the way A thoroughly enjoyable story Many thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the review copy

  2. Dawn says:

    Many thanks to Sarah at Transworld for both my ecopy and physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I amthan happy to give When I was asked to be part of the blog tour I was beyond pleased.My expectations of this book were high I had read Stephanie s debut Letters to My Husband when it was known as Surrounded by Water and have been tapping my fingers waiting for a second novel from her ever since As I closed the last page and I had to sit quietly, taking in all t Many thanks to Sarah at Transworld for both my ecopy and physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I amthan happy to give When I was asked to be part of the blog tour I was beyond pleased.My expectations of this book were high I had read Stephanie s debut Letters to My Husband when it was known as Surrounded by Water and have been tapping my fingers waiting for a second novel from her ever since As I closed the last page and I had to sit quietly, taking in all that I had read I must have felt every emotion possible reading that book, from helplessness and sadness to happiness and elation The Other Half of My Heart was just as intense and it was clear pretty early on that the main character Bettina May was a workaholic Absorbed in building up her new business, a bakery, filling every minute of the day working on and in it, leaving little time for anything or anyone else She did form a tentative relationship,of a friendship really with her neighbour Rufus and at first it was difficult to see why she held him at arms length Before too long though it became apparent she was living the life she was as a way of coping and blocking out the past Her story unfolds with the past revealed bit by bit by the author who split the chapters between the present day and fifteen years previous when life for Tina, as she was known then, was pretty much perfect Spending almost all her time at the stables where she worked, that were owned by the parents of her boyfriend Roddy She had everything going for her until one dreadful night when a tragic turn of events shattered the lives of herself and those closest to her.Stephanie created characters that really got under my skin and made me question what I would have done in the same circumstances Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and how we react depends upon the people and characters we were to begin with This is a heart breaking story that demonstrates all too clearly how a tragic accident can send ripples way beyond the point of impact A truly desperate set of circumstances shattered the lives of two families, everyone coping with the fallout in different ways until the past comes back to meet the present and Bettina and those she was closest too must re visit Tina s past.This for me was a compulsive read that was at times quite harrowing but also very uplifting a story that demonstrates quite strongly that nothing is unsurmountable when faced with true love Trust and communication play a huge part in this novel and prove that it s best to face your fears head on Time is a great healer and distance and space are sometimes needed to see clearly but it s sometimes best to face your demons head on.All in all a beautiful story told in such a way I felt genuine empathy for all the characters When it ended I was left with a warm glow, whilst quietly cheering and clapping I genuinely cared for the characters as I would any close friends Stephanie has without doubt got the knack of getting under my skin An author who seems to understand that when life falls apart and is full of tragedy, grief and guilt the power of love, trust and friendship can bind it all back together again.This novel delivered exactly what I expected andproviding escapism withthan a touch of realism I highly recommend both this book butimportantly this author, a lady with huge talent

  3. Karen says:

    I haven t yet read Surrounded by Water or Letters to My Husband as it later became known for the paperback release , however The Other Half of My Heart was an excellent book to start with, being an intense and poignant read, with fully drawn, engaging characters and a story that had me hooked from the first page As the book progresses, we find out why Tina became Bettina and also how her life changed so drastically some 15 years earlier It is clear that Bettina is a shadow of the person she u I haven t yet read Surrounded by Water or Letters to My Husband as it later became known for the paperback release , however The Other Half of My Heart was an excellent book to start with, being an intense and poignant read, with fully drawn, engaging characters and a story that had me hooked from the first page As the book progresses, we find out why Tina became Bettina and also how her life changed so drastically some 15 years earlier It is clear that Bettina is a shadow of the person she used to be and is both physically and emotionally scarred She opened her own artisan bakery and cafe in a small village, Adventures in Bread, and the bakery has become her life She lives quietly visiting her ailing mother in a nursing home and finding solace and comfort in her bread Whilst she generally shuns relationships she gradually becomes close to her neighbour Rufus, a man with personal issues of his own However although she slowly opens up to him, she will not allow herself to fully commit, leaving Rufus confused about their future The emerging friendship sort of relationship between Bettina and Rufus was as delightful to see as it was frustrating The author cleverly weaves Tina s past with Bettina s present and once her history is known, the reason for Bettina s reluctance to commit and why she prefers to stay alone becomes clear There were times when I had a lump in my throat for all that Bettina had gone through along with the misunderstandings of youth and I desperately wanted her to find some happiness again This is not a light and fluffy story, it has muchdepth It is a beautifully written story of love and loss but also with an uplifting tone showing that with trust and love there is always hope I loved this book and certainly want to readby Stephanie Finally, for the foodies, if the bread tasting sessions at Adventures in Bread don t make your mouth water, then the recipes for Scarborough Fair Cob and Rufus s Favourite Chocolate Orange Cake at the back of the book certainly will

  4. Paula Sealey says:

    Having read the synopsis and seen mention of Bettina opening a bakery, I was expecting a rather light hearted story I could probably read in a day What I got was a deep, involving plot with super characters Heart wrenching at times and emotionally charged, it did reduce me to tears at one point and I had to put it down for a while To elicit an emotion like that from a reader means the author has done their job and done it well When Bettina s previously guarded relationship with her neighbour Having read the synopsis and seen mention of Bettina opening a bakery, I was expecting a rather light hearted story I could probably read in a day What I got was a deep, involving plot with super characters Heart wrenching at times and emotionally charged, it did reduce me to tears at one point and I had to put it down for a while To elicit an emotion like that from a reader means the author has done their job and done it well When Bettina s previously guarded relationship with her neighbour, Rufus, starts to becomeserious, she slowly begins opening up to him about tragic episodes in her past that have shaped her life Just when it looks like Bettina may be able to move on, someone from her past arrives causing her to rethink the path she has chosen.The past events in Bettina s life are gradually revealed as her current story is being told Skillfully done too, as I liked past and present equally In fact, I really ended up caring for all of the characters, especially Bettina and Fran and I hope there is a Rufus follow on at some point please Oh, and if you ve read Stephanie s previous book Letters to my Husband , then you ll notice some characters crossover from that story, a nice touch I thought, although this is a stand alone read I loved this book just as much as that one and really look forward to her next Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review

  5. Jill& says:

    I read Stephanie s debut novel Letters to my Husband earlier this year and absolutely loved it I was therefore excited and also a little bit nervous about reading her second book Excited because I d loved the first so much and nervous for the same reason, I was worried in case it didn t live up to expectations Well the good news is, there is no need to worry, this is another really good read.The book revolves around Bettina and her artisan bakery cafe Adventures in Bread Opening the shop was I read Stephanie s debut novel Letters to my Husband earlier this year and absolutely loved it I was therefore excited and also a little bit nervous about reading her second book Excited because I d loved the first so much and nervous for the same reason, I was worried in case it didn t live up to expectations Well the good news is, there is no need to worry, this is another really good read.The book revolves around Bettina and her artisan bakery cafe Adventures in Bread Opening the shop was Bettina s way of trying to move forward from an event 15 years previously which totally altered her life path The problem is, however that that life defining event is so firmly locked in her psyche that it keeps her chained to the past and influences her friendships and would be relationships Unfortunately, or fortunately a chance meeting forces her to face her demons and finally confront them Without dropping any spoilers that s all I intend to say about that.From the cover and the title you might be lulled into thinking this is a chick lit type romance, but far from it It s an emotional, bittersweet tale that is at times hard hitting and covers relationships, love, loss and loyalties, in a way that is realistic and totally engaging The book is exceedingly well written, and alternates Bettina s back story when she was known as Tina, with a her contemporary life and friendship with Rufus until the two finally combine All of the characters are well drawn and for the most part sympathetic and I loved Tina as her younger self, especially the relationship she had with her family and her employers, the Flood family It was so well portrayed that it makes what happens all theheartbreaking and devastating For anyone who has read the previous novel, you will recognise several cross over characters which is an interesting way of moving on from the first book, but not in such a way that you need to have read that beforehand, or that this one acts as a spoiler for the first This can be read as a complete stand alone This book is suitable for all ages and would make a good book club choice.I received an Advance Review Copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review, and in this instance am delighted to be able to wholeheartedly recommend this book without any qualms

  6. Victoria Watson says:

    Bettina May has opened a bakery in the village of Throckton and she s a hit with the locals Bettina, though, is hiding from something and the memory of an event that Bettina has been running from for fifteen years is about to confront her and send her safe life into a spin.Having read Stephanie Butland s debut novel Surrounded by Water later retitled Letters to my Husband , it was a pleasure to return to Throckton and catch up on the lives of the characters from the first book However, Bettina May has opened a bakery in the village of Throckton and she s a hit with the locals Bettina, though, is hiding from something and the memory of an event that Bettina has been running from for fifteen years is about to confront her and send her safe life into a spin.Having read Stephanie Butland s debut novel Surrounded by Water later retitled Letters to my Husband , it was a pleasure to return to Throckton and catch up on the lives of the characters from the first book However, the real pleasure for me in this book was meeting Bettina May, the secretive newcomer.Bettina s passion for bread and baking really appealed to the bread addict in me and I found myself salivating over some of the tantalising descriptions of Bettina s creations I thought it was a great idea to put some recipes at the end of the book, too.The cover may suggest that this is chick lit, which it is to some extent but it is so muchthan that, too The relationships portrayed in The Other Half of my Heart are complex and completely believable Stephanie Butland does not shy away from tackling uncomfortable topics and I respect her for the honest but sensitive way she portrays the issues in this book.The slow burn of having Bettina s current life interspersed with flashback chapters really made me care about the central character as well as being able to empathise with her regarding the predicament she finds herself in I found myself in tears several times during this story because I cared so much about Bettina

  7. Helen says:

    The book is well written considering that it alternates between Bettina s past when she was known as Tina, to her contemporary life, until the two finally merge It is realistic and engaging, as Butland cleverly portrays a very poignant story about how life can change in an instant with lasting consequences and if those involved never fully process it, those pent up emotions can have long term repercussions This is a book to get lost in as it s beautifully written and will take you on an emoti The book is well written considering that it alternates between Bettina s past when she was known as Tina, to her contemporary life, until the two finally merge It is realistic and engaging, as Butland cleverly portrays a very poignant story about how life can change in an instant with lasting consequences and if those involved never fully process it, those pent up emotions can have long term repercussions This is a book to get lost in as it s beautifully written and will take you on an emotional journey Full review at

  8. Sarah says:

    I loved Lost for Words so I was delighted to get my hands on this novel This one is sad, emotionally rich and beautiful and it made me shed a few tears at the end It was a bit slow at the beginning, but I m really glad I kept going I ll be keeping an eye out for books by this author from now on.

  9. Nick says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Utterly dreadful How can an author go from the sublime to the ridiculous so easily The main character came across as selfish and very annoying She had a lovely man who clearly adored her but she decided to go back to her ex who was nothingthan a playboy I stopped reading with 30 pages to go when the Bettina character dumped her boyfriend at a ball and she went off with her ex Dreadful.

  10. Sandra says:

    I found this a bit hard to get into to begin with but I stuck with it and soon got involved in the characters by the end I found it very involving n emotional and loved it and now miss it think this is above average novel, draws you in and affects your emotions