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Welcome to the idyllic country retreat of Christmas Steepleton, and let Jane Lovering whisk you away with the most heart-warming, romantic and comforting read of the year.
Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast.
Harvest Cottage has been unloved for many years, so the job of bringing it back to life is a slow and expensive one. So, with funds running low, Katie jumps at the chance when a film company asks to use the cottage as a location. But even as things are looking up, as harvest time passes and autumn chill starts to bite, the prospect of a cold winter in the country is daunting.
Some light relief comes from new friend Gabriel, so different from Katie’s exuberant but arrogant ex Luc. Will their friendship blossom into something more romantic, or will the reality of a tough country winter send her and Poppy scurrying back to the comforts of town?
Let Jane Lovering spirit you away to the perfect country escape, far away from the bustle of the city. Just right for fans of Emma Burstall, Fern Britton and Kate Forster.
What a delightful read this proved to be! Divorcee Katie has moved to the outskirts of Christmas Steepleton, to an isolated rundown cottage which has lots of potential but needs lots of work – and the spiders and woodlouse evicting! She certainly hadn’t anticipated awaking to discover a horse in their orchard! When Gabriel comes to explain why it is there, he also suggests the cottage might be just what the film company he works for are needing as a location for filming……Katie’s daughter, fourteen year old Poppy, certainly hadn’t appreciated being moved from London to the countryside, away from her father, her school and her friends, but maybe life’s going to give both her and her Mum some unexpected opportunities as they settle into their new home and community . . . . Let the adventures begin!
This story is packed with delightful characters, from the rebellious Granny Mary to Rory and his Mum, the eccentric Thea and caring Gabriel. There are surprises galore in the story, which deals with many emotive issues – from the long term impact of bullying to sex stereotyping and the long term impact of potential sight loss. There are secrets from the past to be shared and some reevaluation of the present as well as dramatic events to unfold. It is a heartwarming read and I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to the country in it.
Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
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Author Bio –
Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.
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Website URL: www.janelovering.co.uk
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