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Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.
Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.
Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.
Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.
Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.
And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.
I think the title really sums up this delightful novel brilliantly – the story really is filled with secret wishes and summer kisses from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was sad to discover it is the last in the series set in this wonderful community but it is a great end of series story – and I highly recommend you read them all.
The antics, escapades and adventures experienced by the folk living on Little Pond Land are brought vividly to life in this story. For folks like me who are familiar with the earlier books, it was great to reconnect with many of the characters and to meet some new ones – especially Tabbie. However, I think the book would still work well as a standalone for those who haven’t been fortunate enough to have read the earlier books as the author skilfully interweaves anecdotes and other background information which explains some of the interactions and events.
There are several different threads running through the story, but they are skilfully interwoven and brought to life by this highly talented author. I was intrigued to discover just what happened to cause the on-going enmity between the reclusive Aurelia and Hettie. Tabbie is a new character and her coming to visit Aurelia has repercussions and unexpected outcomes as more is revealed about Aurelia’s ancestors, her skills and secrets – and a new romance blossoms!
This is a great finale but I’ll be sad not to read any more about this fantastic community. I really hope that the author changes her mind and writes an update so we can catch up on all the characters we’ve grown to love at some point in the future. I’ve already said it once, but I’ll definitely say it again and again – I’ve loved every story in this series and this is no exception. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this and the other books in the series, they’re fantastic reads IMHO.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Interactive Map of Little Pondale – https://www.emilyharvale.com/map/little-pondale.html
Author Bio –
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter
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