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Summary

It wasn't a conscious uncoupling. I had my heart ripped out and stamped on.

When Rosie Green's husband walked out after 26 years together, he declined to leave a forwarding address. Instead, he left a devastated woman who turned into someone she barely recognised: unable to eat or sleep and so desperate to keep her family together she'd sacrifice her sense of self - and her dignity.

She thought she'd never get over it. But she did. And so can you. 

This is the frank, uplifting and insightful book Rosie wished she could have found when her whole world fell apart. 

Here's your guide to getting through it - with advice from the experts, with the help of your friends, with a deliciously dark sense of humour and, for Rosie, with some highly inappropriate sex advice from her pre-teen daughter. Let her brilliantly honest handbook show how you can heal faster, understand yourself better and move on.

How to Heal a Broken Heart doesn't sugarcoat it - heartbreak brings you to your knees. But, sometimes, it also gives you a necessary shove towards a happier, more fulfilled life than you ever thought was possible.

©2021 Rosie Green (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"If you've ever had your heart broken (and who hasn't) Rosie Green's How to Heal a Broken Heart is your best friend. Honest, comforting and hopeful." (Marian Keyes)

"I love Rosie Green's writing." (Elizabeth Day)

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I wish this book had been around years ago.

I've sadly read this, because my 2nd marriage of 21 years is over.
My 1st, teenage marriage lasted 8 years, no kids and ended when he had an affair. I wish this book, or something like it was around then, because I don't think I'd be writing this? I hopefully, would have worked on myself, not carried pain and mistrust into this marriage and maybe not even married my 2nd husband? I made all the errors of sleeping with my 1st husband after the split, because I was so scared to move on.
In the end I did move on, met my 2nd husband.
We have a wonderful 20 somethings 'child' so I wouldn't change a thing, but my 2nd husband had drink problems.
I saw I'm through debt, addiction, job losses. He's been 'sober' for 10+ years, but he's never faced his demons either. He's not great at communication or depth of feeling.
So, when I recently suffered the death of my only sister and mother he couldn't step up for me when I needed him. I realize now that in my grief he felt unloved, we both did.
I felt recentful that it was my 'turn' to be looked after and that wasn't happening. We grew further and further apart until he checked out emotionally.
There's another woman lurking in the background. I'm not sure if it's an affair, but he talks to her and not to me. We are truly broken. It's heart wrenching, but this time I need to learn from it.
I won't sleep with him to try and heal us, the physical side for us was always good. But that hasn't happened for a very long time now. Maybe he is having an affaire? (Any instigation from me was met with refusal, which made me feel worthless. If my requests had been granted that would have made me feel worthless too.) It's all so terribly sad.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Rosie, for writing this.
I, like you, like to be in a relationship. This time I need to work on myself and move a little slower. Not settle for a relationship that I know, deep down was never easy or relaxed. I always felt the odds were stacked against us & they were.
I need to make me happy. I will read this over and over, because I understood it so completely I couldn't put it down & read it too quickly. Now I want it imprinted on my brain. xxx

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Wow - get this book now!

Regardless of whether you’ve gone through a break up this is the book that you need to help unpack all sorts of interesting questions. Like; what is your ego and how does it control your emotions and actions? What does forgiveness actually look like? How do you survive when the chips are most decidedly down? What impact can your childhood have on almost everything? How do you “move on”?
It’s laced with humour - I particularly liked the good natured swearing and especially the supermarket equivalents of all the dating sites!
This is an honest account of all the stages of a break up with sensible advice on lawyers v mediators thrown in.
Brilliant.

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Good in parts

A useful book about heartbreak, but the author tends to sssume reader had (like her) been married (to a man) and likely to have had kids. Mainly aimed at women who’ve lived conventional married lives with their identities tied up in that.

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Took my feelings and put them into words

I've read & listened to so many self-help / "how to get over a break-up" books and this is by far the best. EVER. It's not the best because it tells you HOW to do it so please don't expect a step by step to-do list, but Rosie literally describes and articulates every feeling, thought and action that you will experience during a breakup. This is something I struggled with every waking hour, putting my thoughts & feelings into words and making sense of the mess within my head, Rosie helps you do this. I knew I felt sad, anger, excitement, happiness, rage etc etc all at once which can feel excruciatingly confusing, but you will find yourself throughout every chapter going "yes, yes, yes, that's me, I had those thoughts, I felt like that, I did that too, ohhhhhh that's why I..." which gave me comfort and a sense of control when I was able to understand the process going on in my head a little better. Having the words to describe something so confusing is incredibly helpful.

The language is easy to understand and take in, it is narrated well and it had me giggling at times too. Such a great listen, I'd highly recommend (I rarely write reviews but this one is worth it). I've even bought the book now so I can easily flip back to sections when I need to validate something or reassure myself I am NOT crazy.

Thank you Rosie xxx

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Brilliant

So brilliant I listened to it all night and did not sleep totally worth it, Rosie is superb.

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WOW

When you feel your heart is broken how comforting to be able to laugh out loud because of the humour in her writing.
Rosie totally gets it and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to her book.
Sad the book is over but I feel I’ve progressed a little more. 💖

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Even as a guy this was very helpful

Rosie was great and honest and really detailed the road the recovery which really helped

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Not just for the broken hearted

Brilliant book, enjoyably read with such feeling. Makes you reflect on what it’s like to be broken hearted and also the actions of those who hurt you. I’ve found personal strength from it at a time I’m questioning my own relationships and this book has been a God send.
It’s also funny as ....!! You go Rosie!!

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Men can get this book aswell

As a man reading this book, it touches a nerve at times, but is just as relevant to men’s feelings as well.

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Fantastic

This book is the answer to my heartbreak prayers. Rose writes with wit and sincerity. I genuinely felt as though I was having a conversation with someone who really gets what I’ve been going through - the feelings, the conversations, the anxieties. This has really helped me and I would highly recommend to anyone going through a breakup. Thank you Rosie.