Title: Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts
Author: Talli Roland
Publication date: December 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Romance / Chick-lit
All Rose needs is a Christmas miracle… or does she?
When chief romantic Rose Delaney scores her dream job at London’s quirkiest new attraction, The Museum of Broken Hearts, she thinks she’s got it made. Sure, it’s a little depressing dealing with relics of failed relationships each day, but Rose is determined not to let it break her ‘love conquers all’ spirit. After discovering the museum’s handsome curator is nursing a broken heart of his own, Rose steps in to fix it. Can Rose heal the rift in time for the holidays, or will this Christmas crush her fantasies forever?
I’m usually quite sceptical when it comes to reading short stories for a number of reasons. Well, two actually. The most obvious one is that by the time I get to know the characters and start enjoying the book, it’s over. Not to mention the fact that there are many authors whose books I absolutely adore but they just don’t succeed when it comes to writing short stories. However, Talli Roland’s Christmas novella, Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts has simply blew me away.
Even though Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts is quite short, you can’t help falling head-over-heels in love with Roland’s characters. The main characters are Rose, a hopeless romantic with a charm you can’t resist, her best friend Mel, who’s the complete opposite of Rose and doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings, Rose’s drop-dead gorgeous but broken hearted boss Heath and his mother Liz, who has built a successful career but alienated herself from his son in the process. Being a Londoner herself, the author manages to describe the book’s setting perfectly – reading Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts brought back millions of memories of London: trying not to breathe through your nose on the Central Line, the grand stairs of the British Museum, the ever-present hot dog vendor in front of the building and the inedible sausage you should never, ever try.