Published: 18th May 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change…
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for kindly sending me a review copy.
The opening chapter begins with Bridget, a familiar face to loyal Paige Toon readers, who is in Sydney for a year with work. As she begins to think about her love life and why she’s never truly fallen in love again, she bumps into her very first boyfriend Elliot in a bar, many years after he moved to Australia with his parents. As the pair sit down to catch up with their lives since they parted ways, Bridget asks for a piece of her heart back but once they rekindle the flame they lost all those years ago, she no longer needs it back. As readers step into Bridget’s life, they discover that she’s a travel writer with quite a few thousand followers, she’s also desperately trying to get her foot into the publishing world with her novel but her agent has another idea: write the sequel of a travel book by the deceased author, Nicole Dupre. Paige wastes no time in kick starting the plot as soon enough, Bridget packs up her belongings into her Dad’s campervan and heads down to Cornwall for what may be a life changing six weeks…
“The problem with giving your heart away to someone is that you never fully get it back. Long after you’ve fallen out of love with them, they still own a little piece of you. That’s why first love is always the strongest: it’s the only time you ever love wholeheartedly.”
Once Bridget has settled down into her temporary life, she finds herself wondering whether she made the right decision; after all, she’s reading diaries of a deceased woman, she’s learning secrets about someone else’s life and past relationships and more importantly, is she falling head over heels in love with Nicole’s grieving husband? As the chapters flow beautifully from one to another, the working relationship between Bridget and Charlie turns into more of a friendship as beers are drunk, stories are swapped, relatives are being met and to everyone’s surprise, she even beings to help with April; Charlie’s almost one year old daughter. Is Bridget falling into the role of a mother within a couple of weeks? Despite all the assumptions that were floating around in my head, it all somehow felt very right for this to be happening between Bridget and Charlie – they may have connected through a loss and a job opportunity but, their connection was incredible.
“This whole search for proper love – it’s crap. You don’t even know what real love is until you have kids.”
When Bridget flies out to Thailand to do some research for Nicole’s sequel, she finds herself to be exciting about the prospect of meeting Charlie and April out there, but when Elliot also wants to go, will she find it in her heart to tell him the truth? As the narrative draws to an end, I was completely invested in Bridget and Charlie – from their first meeting up until the final page, I was desperate for them to make a go of what could be something rather wonderful despite it being a unique way of meeting. Their personalities worked beautifully together and more importantly, Bridget’s relationship with April was the sweetest. As always, Paige has written yet another incredible book which I struggled to put down as her descriptive words and characters never fail to draw me in. With a lot of Chick-Lit books, the endings are sometimes predictable but with the end of The Last Piece Of My Heart, I really admired that Paige showed two kinds of love instead of one.