Review: Broken by Ellen Read

A breathtaking cover. 💜

Broken by Ellen Read is a bittersweetly breathtaking short story of profound loss and the unparalleled healing that only love can bestow.

After a horrific tragedy, Rachel Watson flees her family’s lavender farm, leaving behind everything she’s ever known to escape the crippling pain.

“She’d been a coward and run off…”

Three years later, stifling solitude, workplace bullying, and her big sister draw Rachel back home to Darling Downs. As she returns to where it all began, Rachel is shrouded in grief and shame at abandoning her sister all those years ago. Does she even deserve forgiveness, after what she’s done? Is she strong enough to face what haunts her?

“A purple haze over the landscape…”

It’s amongst the hushed, tranquil fields of lavender that Rachel meets Ebony, a horse drowning in the trauma of her own painful past.

“Something in the horse’s stare reached out…”

Rachel recognizes herself in Ebony’s weary bearing. Their splintered spirits call to each other, kindred the instant their eyes meet.

Can these two anguished beings help lead each other out of the dark?

“I’m here.” Photo credit: Inna Mosina

Broken is so poignantly written that I could feel the ache of both Rachel’s and Ebony’s suffering throbbing in my own chest. Every emotion was absolutely raw. And the setting was so vividly depicted it felt like I was there at Darling Downs, breathing in the earthy musk of lavender flowers.

“Rachel could see the lavender fields from where they sat…” Photo credit: lelongweekend.com
Broken is a journey that will shatter you and put you back together, piece by piece.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you’d like to experience Broken for yourself, you can download a copy for free on author Ellen Read’s website here: http://ellenread.com/free-short-story/