Broken Chances

Fiction - Womens
349 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Broken Chances is a work of fiction in the romance, slice-of-life, and women’s fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and contains some reference to emotional and physical abuse, but no graphic content. Penned by author Eve Koguce, the plot follows Margo's journey from Latvia to England after marrying older man Michael. Disillusioned with her homeland's lack of opportunities, she moves to a quiet English island with idyllic views and affluent people everywhere. Struggling to adapt to this tight-knit community, Margo's marriage crumbles and the darker side of Michael begins to emerge. As she questions her choices, she seeks answers amidst the picturesque landscapes of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, and new interactions bring her the possibility of a new hope.

Author Eve Koguce has crafted an engaging and immersive reading experience that has readers enveloped in vivid descriptions of both Latvia's developing landscape and England's stunning coastline. The palpable sense of displacement felt by Margo is characterized well by strong speech and thought presentation, highlighting the complexities of cultural adjustment and marital discord. I really enjoyed the linguistic touches and the way that Margo speaks and interprets English, and the accents and colloquialisms of those around her are accurate and amusing. The exploration of self-discovery amidst adversity, coupled with the allure of a cozy mystery plot and a clean, wholesome romance, creates an ideal balance to read something serious and challenging but also fuelled by comfort and hope. Overall, Broken Chances is a highly recommended poignant tale that seamlessly intertwines personal growth with the beauty of nature, leaving a lasting impression on its readers.