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Dramatic #FamilyDrama – A Village Secret by Julie Houston

Summer 2022’s most page-turning, uplifting read, from the bestselling author of A Village Affair

Title: A Village Secret

Author: Julie Houston

Publisher: Head of Zeus, Aria

Pub Date 14 Apr 2022


My Review:

At Cambridge University, Jennifer looks out her room window and spies
Laurie, a handsome young man who captures her eyes.
To her, he's the image of the poet Byron,
But she'd never guess what was next to come!

This is the story of their courtship, aspirations and dreams,
Of wedding bells, two children, and discovering not all is at is seems.
With fame and fortune, comes unwanted publicity, too,
And fifteen years later, leave Jennifer wondering what she should do.

Needing to move, they go to Laurie's childhood home
With him promising no more to roam.
Settling in to farm life is a total shock
But Jennifer finds its great - and she likes it a lot!

There are shocks, secrets and surprises - even some alpacas, too!
Is this the chance the couple need, their love to renew?
Get ready for laughs, new friendships and more
As Jennifer has new opportunities to explore.

 There's a sense of community, with characters galore,
Shocking revelations, special relationships and so much more.
For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you,
A dramatic family drama and this is my honest review.


When Jennifer goes up to Cambridge University with her head full of the Romantic Poets, she never dreams that she will find her very own Byron. But then she meets gorgeous actor Laurie Lewis, and finds herself living a real-life love poem.

Fifteen years and two children later, Jennifer and Laurie’s relationship is starting to feel more like an epic tragedy. After a series of revelations turn her world upside down, Jennifer will do anything to keep her family together – even if it means moving hundreds of miles away to Laurie’s childhood home in Westenbury, Yorkshire.

As she reluctantly enters into village life – complete with interfering in-laws, new friends and a surprise delivery of alpacas – Jennifer is amazed to find herself feeling happy for the first time in years. But the village holds one last, devastating secret and Jennifer must decide once and for all what she wants her future to hold.

Praise for Julie Houston:

‘A warm, funny story of sisters and the secrets they keep’ Sheila O’Flanagan

‘Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!’ Katie Fforde

‘Julie Houston at her best – heartfelt and hilarious’ Sandy Barker

‘Laugh-out-loud hilarious and heartwarming!’ Mandy Baggot

‘This book is an absolute gigglefest with characters you’ll fall in love with!’ Katie Ginger

One comment on “Dramatic #FamilyDrama – A Village Secret by Julie Houston

  1. juliehoustonauthor
    April 16, 2022

    What a brilliantly written review. Thank you so much!! Never had one in rhyming couplets before!! Fabulous!! Really appreciated, Elaine!! Happy Easter


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