The Other Half Of My Heart

The Other Half Of My Heart It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough 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 o

  • Title: The Other Half Of My Heart
  • Author: Stephanie Butland
  • ISBN: 9780552779166
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, 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 bread It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, 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 bread making.She spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients She meets someone She begins to heal.Until 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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    About “Stephanie Butland”

    1. Stephanie Butland

      Stephanie Butland is a writer, 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, and careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is a novelist.Aside 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 wart.She lives in Northumberland.

    948 thoughts on “The Other Half Of My Heart”

    1. 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 i [...]


    2. Many thanks to Sarah at Transworld for both my ecopy and physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I am more than 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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 b [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. I read Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I'm happy to say that The Other Half of my Heart is every bit as good. Bettina is the central character, working in a bakery at the beginning of the story. But 15 years earlier, something awful has happened which she is trying hard to forget. The story unfolds in both these time periods. In the present, Bettina walks with a slight limp, won't talk about her past and won't commit fully to her relationship w [...]


    9. Once again, Stephanie Butland has written a story that has completely consumed me over the past few days. Her skillful portrayal of a woman who is both physically and emotionally scarred is beautifully done,Bettina May is a sad and aloof character. She is dedicated to her bakery, filling her days with endless kneading and mixing and creating new recipes for the breads that fill the shelves of her shop. She is private and guarded and although she is slowly allowing her neighbour Rufus to play a b [...]


    10. 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 bread-making. She meets someone, she begins to heal.Disclosure: I was sent an e-copy of ‘The Other Half of my Heart’ for review but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased.‘The Other Half of my Heart‘* by Stephanie Butland is an intriguing book. It [...]


    11. The other half of my heart is much like making a loaf of bread.It requires attention, and time to formulate the finished product. The process is, at times, complex and the end result is delightful but somewhat expected. Now I've finished with the similes, we can get into the review. The characters were very realistic. I quite liked the damaged quality of them all in the beginning, they felt like real people, but things got a little tedious about 60% through. I wanted to see more character develo [...]


    12. I first came across this author's work, last year when I read her novel, Surrounded by Water, (aka Letter to my Husband) so it was a lovely surprise to catch up with some of the characters from that novel, in The Other Half of My Heart. Although, it must be said that this novel is an entirely separate story, and not a sequel. It focuses on the story of Bettina May, a thirty something woman with a secret past,which at times, threatens to overwhelm her. Bettina finds comfort in baking the most del [...]


    13. My eldest child and I are having a bit of a baking-fest at the moment, so when I saw the blurb for this book, it appealed to me instantly.Bettina is damaged. Something happened in her past and it is affecting her sort-of-relationship with Rufus, the handsome, rugged next-door-neighbour. She's moved away from her family and after a spell in France, has settled in a remote village and set up her bakery "adventures in bread". Sounds like a fab place. Stephanie Butland has woven a lovely heartwarmin [...]


    14. See full review at Shellyback booksFirst a big thank you to the publisher and NetGalley provided me with a pre- release copy in exchange for an honest review.I love the smell of freshly bread and only minutes after receiving this book couldn't resist taking a peek. My curiosity having already got the better of me, once opened this book promptly sucked me in and proved to be extremely hard to put down. Cleverly written this is really two interwoven stories of Bettina the baker and Tina her younge [...]


    15. This story cleverly alternates between the present and around 15 years prior to this. It follows the life of Bettina or Tina as she is known when she is younger. In the present, Bettina owns her own bakery and is beginning to form a relationship with Rufus who lives next door. It slowly emerges that she been through a traumatic time in the past.Her younger teenage self is extremely close to her family, especially her twin brother Sam. She has a job at a stable yard and is madly in love with her [...]


    16. When I initially read this book's description, I thought it was just the kind of light reading I enjoy - family - check, secrets - check, baking -check, romance - check. So I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, this did not live up to my expectations. The narrative did not grip me straight away but I continued on further, hoping that the characters or plot would engage me. However, a little further in and I couldn't read any more. The author seems to be telling me more than [...]


    17. Bettina/Tina's life was broken after a terrible accident and she didn't think it could ever be mended. Loyalty to her mother and the devastation of grief meant she lost the love of her life and she had never recovered. I empathised so deeply with her and I could clearly see why she loved Roddy, but that's not the only love that is portrayed, there's also the love for a twin and the love for not just parents but those who we see as family, our close friends. I was lost in this book and needed sev [...]


    18. A lovely, gentle read that blind-sided me with it's depth of emotion. I shed tears openly whilst reading and whilst I initially thought that the central character was cold and insensitive, I learned to love her.A love story of a different nature with a much needed happy ending.





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