Second book review of the week! The Broken Hearts Honeymoon is a romantic novel written by Lucy Dickens and I am so excited to share my thoughts with you all!
When disaster strikes, adventure calls…
Charlotte had a plan. The perfect country wedding, followed by a month-long honeymoon in Japan – but when her fiancé starts having second thoughts, she knows there’s no choice but to call off the wedding.
Charlotte isn’t sure she knows how to be single, but she is going to try, starting with taking that trip of a lifetime – alone.
Will she find herself in the hills of Mount Fuji, or in the karaoke bars of Tokyo?
And will she be ready for romance by the time the cherry blossom flowers?
A feel-good story of reclaiming your life, set among the cherry blossom of Japan. The Broken Hearts Honeymoon is Eat, Pray, Love for the Instagram generation.
No. of pages:- 384 pages
Date Published :- July 1st 2020
Genre:- Travel Fiction/Women’s Fiction
First of all, many thanks to Netgalley for this advanced copy.
Charlotte “Charlie” and her long time boyfriend, Matt are planning for their wedding and she is excited to spend their three week honeymoon in Japan! But then, their wedding is cancelled when Matt starts having second thoughts. They cannot cancel the honeymoon either that Charlie end up going to this Honeymoon tour to Japan–alone to fulfill her childhood wish.
Let me outline the ones I like about the book.
- Having lived in Japan during the early days of my childhood and my two years ago visit to Japan, reading this book brought me some fresh memories of Japan. Of course, I have not visited Hiroshima or Nagano or the islands around Japan but still brought me memories of my childhood in Japan, particularly the part about Disneyland, which I have visited million times, when I was living in Japan..
- The middle parts till the end was based on Japan itself–the vivid descriptions of the places particularly when Charlie goes hiking and visiting Kyoto makes the reader feel as if they are in Japan. That they too are in enjoying this adventure with Charlie. The description of kayaking, snorkeling and hiking in the woods also made the reader feel as if they are also doing these activities with Charlie.
- I also like how the author has explained the Japanese culture in detail, so the reader can get to know more about the Japanese culture. Particularly about the tea ceremony and kabuki performance. I know not many people are familiar with the Japanese culture so I am glad that the author has written it in detail and the reader can experience the culture without having going to Japan.
- The story was funny in some ways, as Charlie is trying to learn some Japanese phrases for her to get around the place.
- Some parts of the story was emotional and heartbreaking, particularly the parts when Charlie is feeling lonely during the honeymoon tour, though in the end, she does her solo adventure around Japan. I also can understand Charlie’s feelings in the book.
Now about the things I didn’t like
- The book was well written but I kind of wished there was an epilogue after the chapter was over–like maybe fast forward to six months or a year later with Charlie working in the travel magazine. I would be curious as a reader to know what Charlie is planning to do, once she returned back from England.
- I felt some parts are bit overexaggerated, but maybe that’s just me.
- To me, some parts of the chapters were a bit confusing–one minute Charlie was in another place and all of a sudden, she seems to be in a different place. I don’t know whether it was a typing error but that made me confused at times.
Overall, this is a good book, adventurous and for those who never been to Japan, this book might be perfect for you! Worth four stars!