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Brand NEW from the bestselling author of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts.
Scandal hit party girl Lucy Conway needs to leave London fast, so she packs her bags and escapes to the sleepy village of Cranbridge to take care of her beloved Uncle Frank.
But the country village isn’t quite as idyllic as she remembers. To make matters worse, her Uncle’s pride and joy, The Cranbridge Times, is close to going out of business.
Editor-at-Large Tom Addison is having a crisis of confidence and needs help if the newspaper is going to survive.
With time on her hands, can Lucy work some magic and together save the family newspaper?
Over a long, hot summer, friendships are made and hearts begin to heal. And, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps Lucy and Tom can find their very own new beginning…
Well, I knew this was by the author of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts and that was enough to make me keen to read this but what I hadn’t realised is that it is a fantastic sequel to it! It is set in the same small village of Cranbridge and involves many of the characters as well as places involved in the first book. It was brilliant to be able to catch up with them all again and to meet some new folk, too. Having said that, I do believe it would work well as a standalone if you haven’t read the earlier book, too.
Lucy Conway is escaping from scandal in London to take care of her Uncle Frank who has injured himself. She’s been the victim of a cheating, married man – who her parents had set her up with! She hadn’t realised he was still married but the press are having a field day with all the gossip. She has happy memories of spending time with her beloved Uncle and Aunt in Cranbridge as a child and hopes this will give her the opportunity to decide what she wants to do with her life as she feels she’s rubbish at everything. Mind you, she’s not the only one who has lost her way in life – so has Tom Addison, the editor of her Uncle’s newspaper, The Cranbridge Times. The paper is losing readers and in danger of going out of business. Can Lucy and Tom work together to revive the family newspaper and help find their own purposes in life in the process?
The story really lives up to its title as those who were lost, are helped by the community and love to find their way again. It is a delight to escape into, with some great village characters, plenty of new friends, inspiration and a new danger to the village that needs stopping! Get ready for exploding gin, a bully being given a taste of their own blunt honesty, a battle to be fought, a real stink to be raised and lots of laughs along the way to a heartwarming romance. This is a lovely story, bringing a community together, empowering friends and finding new roles and love. I can’t recommend it highly enough and hope we get to return there again soon – I really hope Belle and Molly can find love, too, in future books!
Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title was published in July 2020.
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