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  • Writer's pictureBea Syer

REVIEW: True Hearts by Ellie Green

Updated: May 8, 2021

As soon as I finished Strong Hearts (previously reviewed here), I immediately picked up Ellie Green's True Hearts. I love the small, sleeping Australian town of Tyndall, and was delighted to find that she'd written more set there.

True Hearts is the story of Gem, a newcomer to town after the failure of her bakery, and Marnie, her landlord and the local vet. They absolutely do not start off well, with Marnie on the verge of throwing Gem out of the old bakery, and Marnie's awkwardness and lack of social skills continue to cause issues for the pair. I could relate to that—Marnie just thinks animals are better than people, and haven't we all been there before? Also, otter scrubs. She has otter scrubs. Isn't that just adorable?

Gem and Marnie are honestly incredibly sweet once they settle into their own rhythm, and it was lovely to read about them growing together. They push each other to confront the things that scare them, and to make difficult changes in their professions to make their lives better. They really do complement each other perfectly, and I loved reading about them, and Marnie's small menagerie of animals.

The town of Tyndall is essentially a character of its own at this point, with Green fleshing out its various inhabitants to create a vibrant, bustling community. There's always six degrees of separation with the residents of Tyndall, and it's fun puzzling out the connections between them. It was also lovely to see Eva and Tilly from 'Strong Hearts' thriving and happy, and for them to pass on some sage words of wisdom to Gem.

Final verdict: The perfect partner to Strong Hearts, True Hearts is a heartwarming, uplifting read. 🍯🍯🍯🍯🍯/5 honeypots!

You can get True Hearts on Amazon.

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