A hundred Pieces of Me - Lucy Dillon

Source: Courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton



* Letters from the only man she's ever truly loved

* A keepsake of the father she never really knew

.* A blue glass vase that catches the light on a grey day.


Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long don't seem to fit who she is now.

So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred special items - the rest can go.But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring . . .



Gina Bellamy 33, finds herself Newly single and living in a tiny flat with limited space after finding out husband of five years Stu was cheating on her. Surrounded by boxes and boxes of her belongings and nowhere for them to go she decides she is only going to keep the things that she loves and the things that make her happy and have purpose. Best friend Naomi gave her a self-help book by a man who'd got rid of all his possession's bar 100 vital things. It apparently freed him, so Gina is determined to do the same. Mentally Scarred by previous events in her life, Gina knows she will have to face them during this process to be able to move forward otherwise they will come back to haunt her and she needs to make sure she's strong enough to do so. With supportive and brilliant best friend Naomi by her side and newly adopted dog Buzz surely she can do this.


I'm very confused with myself here because I'm unsure if I liked this book or not. The concept of the book is one that is so full of raw emotion that it should have you wrapped around its little finger. Let's just say I wasn't wrapped. I didn't really connect with heroine Gina and even though you basically get to see the majority of her life, which does give you the chance to see who she is completely and for extra connection, but I just don't know why I couldn't connect with her, I tried, but it just didn't work. That and the fact that the book is extremely slow in the first half put me off and I think I just kind of read on without much thought or interest after that. Maybe I should read it again sometime. See if I feel any different.



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