Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Book of Broken Hearts by: Sarah Ockler

Title: The Book of Broken Hearts
Author: Sarah Ockler
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: ebook ARC
Source: Edelweiss from Simon Pulse


Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

My Thoughts: 

First of all I love this cover picture I think it's awesome.  Just so loving the book and heart!  This book starts out with Jude taking care of her dad for the summer, and helping him restore his Harley.  When they enter a motorcycle repair shop to find a mechanic to work on a vintage bike Jude finds out the only one any good on this type of motorcycle is Emilio Vargas.

The name Vargas in their house means heartbreak and the girls made a vow long ago to never let a Vargas hurt them again!  But really what can happen while working on a motorcycle?  And can a pact be held legal when the girl signing it was only 12?

What I loved about this story is you get to see how they try to deal with their father and his health deteriorating with the onset of Alzheimers and how this effects everyone in the family.  Jude seems to have the hardest time with it not sure how to bring her father back to reality when the onset occurs.

Emilio tries to help when Jude's father has an episode in a drugstore.  With Emilio you can see that he is trying to help and get to know Jude regardless of what happened to Jude's older sister, who had her heart broken by a Vargas.

This book was incredible watching the relationship between Jude and her father, and the decisions the women in Jude's family had to make regarding their father.  Also watching the romance bloom between Jude and Emilio and seeing that just cause some Vargas are jerks doesn't make them all that way!  I loved this story so much!
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