Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted Review

This was my 10th read of the year.

Tom Hope doesn’t think he’s much of a farmer, but he’s doing his best. He can’t have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It’s only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom’s heart breaks all over again.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew—and the most vivid person—Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy. 

But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a batttle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine


This book was totally different than I thought. I believe I would be seeing more scenes connected to the bookshop, but I was wrong. But than wouldn’t stop me from enjoying the book. It was also another book focusing on two time periods, and you will able to easily tell them apart- as the chapters made that obvious.

I am STRONGLY particular when it comes to stories dealing with The Holocaust. While yes, you will able to see some of the horrors when you entered the 1940s timeline, at least it didn’t go too much into it, as in to make you feel too traumatized. That wasn’t the main timeline- it was actually the 1960s- the one dealing with Tom Hope and Hannah (but the 1940s does help explain some of Hannah’s actions).

I loved Peter, who is Tom’s son—-yes, not biological but still his son. His first wife, Trudy, is his biolgocial mother (explaining how Peter is Tom’s son). I didn’t like that woman- how can she can’t love him and send him to that terrible place- yes it’s called Jesus Camp, but home to a horrible rector. The punishments are too severe and Peter hates it there- he made it clear the first time he escaped.

About the Bookshop- it barley plays a part in the book, even though that is how Tom and Hannah met. I thought the book would be another “power of literature” story, but it isn’t. It is more about Tom and Hannah’s journey’s- both of them had hardships in their life. Hannah is still dealing with her loss during The Holocaust- probably explaining why she rejected Peter at first (maybe reminded her of Micheal). Tom, currently, had to put up with a terrible wife and her taking away Peter- he wanted Peter to be with him; not with Trudy.

Musicals that Take Place in the US

One of the amazing things about musicals belongs to the several locations they take place in. Due to yesterday being Independence Day, I decided to mention the musicals I love that take place in the US. It actually is one of the most common locations.

The Musicals

  1. White Christmas
  2. Music Man
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Grease
  5. Annie- this is my childhood favorite musical
  6. Newsies
  7. Rent
  8. Greatest Showman


I know there are MORE- but what came to mind. These are musicals from Vermont, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, and New York.

Proud to be American

Today is the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day in America. No matter what, I will ALWAYS be proud to be an American. Just because bad things happen doesn’t mean you should stop loving the Country. I strongly believe that MOST people are good- I don’t base my opinion on what I see on the News. In Life, there has to be good and bad things happening, and also the World isn’t as broken as we think. I also base things off of what I see everyday- as in what I see around me- as in off the News. So, what do I love about America?

Good American Things

  1. Mountains and Greenways- I love to hike
  2. Beaches- yes, not a beach person, but still variety in nature
  3. Ways to Volunteer
  4. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee- one of the BEST coffee shops (it’s my job)
  5. Broadway and Broadway Tours and Community College Productions
  6. Even the access to movie theaters
  7. Bookshops- both independent and chains (love both Barnes and Noble and places like Malaprops and Park Road Books)
  8. Difference between States and Cities
  9. Good Education
  10. Diversity of the Country

Musicals I Love by Their Stage Show

Like I said yesterday, there are three ways to fall in love with a musical. 1) by the film, 2) by the stage show, or 3) by the soundtrack. The two easiest ways are by the film and stage show. That is because the songs are in context—meaning you are able to tell which characters or character sing what song and due to seeing the song performed, it is much easier to figure out the actual emotion. So, what are some musicals I fell in love with by their stage show?

The Shows

  1. Wicked
  2. Pippin- fun fact (almost didn’t enter my life- my mom and I got the last two tickets)
  3. Godspell
  4. Newsies- the stage show is SO much better than the 1992 movie
  5. Music Man
  6. Come From Away


True, for a few of those musicals I did know some songs from them ahead of time. But wouldn’t lead to my love for that show. What if you only know one song (that was what happened with Pippin- I only knew “Corner of the Sky”)? What if you needed more context to even fall in love with the songs? Sometimes, all you need is seeing the stage show to fall in love with the stage.

Later this year, I probably might add two more musicals to this list:

  1. Anastasia- already love 5 songs (but would have to discover more songs first)
  2. Hadestown- love Greek Mythology and been fascinated by it since it swept the Tonys

Musicals I Love by Their Film

There are three ways to fall in love with a musical—-1) by the songs, 2) the movie (either animated of live action), or 3) the stage show). Through experience, it is the hardest to fall in love with a musical by songs alone due to the songs being out of context. The easiest way to fall in love with a musical belongs to the musical film——-some being animated and some being live action. So, what musicals did I fall in love with by their films?

  1. Les Mis
  2. Sound of Music
  3. Annie (1982)
  4. Frozen
  5. Beauty and the Beast (live action)
  6. Aladdin (live action)
  7. Lion King
  8. Enchanted
  9. Greatest Showman
  10. Singing in the Rain
  11. Mamma Mia
  12. Man of La Mancha
  13. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  14. Grease