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Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.
This story is about Maddy who was striving to be financially rich, working hard but abandoning her true friends and leisure in the process. It is only after a personal tragedy and being made redundant that she starts to reevaluate her lifestyle and choices, reconnecting with her best childhood friend, Beth, and actually being willing to share time with her Mum.
When her best friend has to have an operation that will leave her unable to run Growlers, her doggy daycare centre, Maddy offers to help cover for her, not realising just how many things Beth is involved with in the community. This story shares her experiences in a moving and, at times, hilarious way. She is faced with new opportunities, time to connect with others in a meaningful rather than superficial way and lots of choices. It is a time for deliberation, contemplation, adventure and fun.
The author is brilliant at bringing her characters to life and making them feel like friends sharing their experiences, hopes, fears and love in this moving story. It is also a heartwarming story of second chances, of love lost and found, secrets and surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it and hope to read more by this highly talented author in future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.
Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read and thoroughly enjoying this delightful story.