Book Of The Day – Shattered

by Greg on September 13, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a very highly rated Historical Romance by Jennie Marsland. Shattered has an outstanding 4.8 star rating and is only $2.99!

“Shattered is a beautiful historical romance set around the Halifax explosion in 1917. It’s a smooth read with identifiable characters all struggling with everyday issues and relationships. I highly recommend this book. Shawna – Amazon Reviewer

by Jennie Marsland
Rating: 4.8 Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Price: $2.99


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Liam Cochrane no longer belongs. He lost his youth and his brother on the battlefields of Europe. Now he’s home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, trying to dull his pain with liquor and the occasional willing woman. He’s become a stranger in the North End neighbourhood where he grew up.

Alice O’Neill has never belonged. Able to read notes, but not words, she dreams of teaching music – and of Liam, who has held her heart for years and never known. But Liam has shadowy ties in England that he’s revealed to no one, and in that fall of 1917, Halifax is on a collision course with fate. On December 6, a horrific accident of war will devastate the city’s North End. What will be left for Liam and Alice when their world is shattered?

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“Although historical romance isn’t my usual reading stock, I was drawn to this novel when I read the sample because of its strong, vivid writing style and a glimpse of flawed characters that I hoped would find their strength and develop in the course of the story.

Well, I was not disappointed. Both protagonists, Liam and Alice, start out very weak and desperate – Liam crippled by his war experience, the death of his younger brother and his war injury, and Alice with her low self confidence made worse by her dysfunctional family and inability to read. But the novel follows the change in their characters, two perfect arcs of improvement, as the events propel them along until they manage to take charge of their lives. I must say that this in itself was immensely satisfying for me as a reader.” – Good Book Alert Review


I really enjoyed Shattered, by Jennie Marsland. Her characters were imperfect flesh-and-blood individuals who searched for the same things we do today…to contribute, to belong, to be honorable, to be loved.


Shattered is a romance with a great love story. With our current society learning to embrace changes Jennie Marsland takes us back in time to show us how devastating the Halifax Explosion was in its time. The love story was fantastic!


It’s hard to describe Jennie Marsland’s writing – it bridges the realm between historical romance and historical fiction – but however you want to classify it, I love it. Pick (this book) up – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


In Shattered Jennie Marsland has achieved every writers goal: tell an entertaining story by letting the readers feel as if they, not the story’s players, are living the tale. Huzzah!

Get Shattered here: Shattered

About The Author

Jennie Marsland is a teacher, an amateur musician and for over thirty years, a writer. She fell in love with words at a very early age, and the affair has been life-long.

Jennie grew up reading Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. She still has a soft spot for Westerns, and she draws further inspiration from her roots in rural Nova Scotia and stories of earlier times, passed down from her parents and grandparents. Glimpses of the past spark her imagination.

Jennie lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, their cranky elderly cat, Emily, and their two rambunctious Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Chance and Echo. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie plays guitar, dabbles in watercolours, gardens, and caters to the whims of the four-footed tyrants of the household. Jennie can be found on the Web at

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Jennie Marsland and ENT appreciate it.

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