Review: Heartshaped Shards by Ria MacAlister

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Heartshaped Shards by Ria MacAlister via Goodreads. Here’s the synopsis:

16060971(2)Fragile, bitter and scarred inside and out thanks to a horrible childhood and an even worse marriage, Kate Kincaid would just as soon never talk to a man again. But thanks to the dedicated work of a therapist-turned-friend, Kate’s faith in the male species is eventually restored.

Through an assortment of emotionally unashamed, loving and caring men she meets in Ireland and Scotland, she finds the power within herself to love again. But will her newly found confidence be enough to convince her to take another ride on the Marry Go Round?

This novel is a tough read in the beginning. Kate Kincaid is in a horrible relationship and her husband is a monster in my opinion. One night he beats her and leaves her for dead. She doesn’t die, but she’s emotionally and physically scarred.

Luckily for Kate she has two incredible friends to help her through it. During a trip to Ireland and Scotland she discovers something about herself. I won’t say too much more since I don’t want to ruin the story.

This novel is an emotional roller coaster. At times I was laughing and then I would plunge into sadness. Kate is the type of character that readers cheer for. She’s vulnerable, but determined, witty, but also clueless, and quite lovable. It you enjoy stories about the power of love don’t miss this one. This is a wonderful debut by the author.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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2 Responses to Review: Heartshaped Shards by Ria MacAlister

  1. this sounds very interesting too!

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