When a broken heart becomes a real medical condition
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller.
The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller is an emotional story of friendship, love, acceptance, and grief.
Title: The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller.
Publisher: Bookouture (October 28, 2020)
Print Lenght: 266 pages
Broken Heart Syndrome: A sudden and acute form of heart failure, brought on by emotional or physical distress.
After years of studying cardiac medicine, thirty-one-year-old Keisha knows the heart inside out. She knows the average heartrate for each age group, she can name every valve, and she can tell you exactly how much blood it pumps daily.
The one thing she doesn’t know is how to fall in love. And nor does she want to. The secret her tattoo covers is a reminder that the best way to protect a heart is to never let it feel in the first place…
Seventy-nine-year-old Clive is Subject Five in Keisha’s latest research project. He’s been in love since he was seventeen, ever since he met Nancy at a tea dance. But last night, his beloved wife was killed. Suddenly, he has no one to waltz with. He has woken up in hospital, a widower diagnosed with Broken Heart Syndrome.
These strangers, brought together by a broken heart, must face up to the truth of their pasts. Can Clive teach his new friend that until you’ve loved, you haven’t lived? And can Keisha help him see that it’s never too late for a second chance?
For anyone who has ever felt the pang of heartbreak and feared you might never heal again, this beautiful tale teaches us how to dust ourselves off and seek happiness again. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Josie Silver and Rosie Walsh will love this moving and uplifting story.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Keisha was methodic and intelligent. She was working on her Ph.D. to study the effects of beetroot in healing Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, aka Broken Heart Syndrome.
She had some issues, but she buried them deep down and focused on her work.
But one day, Keisha met Clive. He was Subject #5 on her Ph.D. research. At seventy-nine, Clive’s heart had broken upon his wife’s sudden violent death.
Things were not what they seemed, and Keisha got more involved in Clive’s story than she was prepared to. Forced out of their comfort zone, both Keisha and Clive struggled but broke free.
The story is a tad sad but very inspiring. I loved how the characters evolve and how their willingness to face their fears slowly took them where they needed to be.
The side characters are lovely. George, the nurse, is so compassionate and a great human being, Tess, the cafe owner, is a perfect friend, and I love how she sparkled amidst the cafe unicorn-inspired decor.
There is a little bit of romance, a lot of friendship, and even some humor to counterbalance the main topic’s seriousness.
The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller is an inspiring story about how friendship and kindness can make a huge difference in everyone’s life.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.
Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.
Since then she’s had four novels published and hasn’t found a week that didn’t require revival by chocolate. She is one eighth of The Romaniacs – a group of writing friends who’ve supported each other since meeting through The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme.