I am thrilled today to have for you a review of Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for letting me be part of this tour.
Blurb: The climb up the hill takes her past sweet-smelling pink roses in full bloom and leads her to an utterly breathtaking view. Megan is happy to be home at last, but will her relationship have survived the journey?
It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.
She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.
As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam?
Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed?
Do you adore feel-good stories that leave you with a smile on your face? This heart-warming romance is a perfect escape for readers who flew through novels by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.
My Review: This is the third book in the Little Cottage series which revolves around the cottage, garden and business at Joy’s Acre. This does work as a stand alone so you can enjoy this book ithout having read the previous two.
I really enjoyed this story. Although it’s meant to be about Megan trying to make a name for herself in the world of blacksmithing I felt she wasn’t in the story a much as the occupants of Joy’s Acre were. I also would have liked more detail about the blacksmithing, perhaps more of the process that Megan was using, to give more of a sense that she was actually creating something made of metal and the amount of effort and skill that requires.
Having said that, as stated previously, I did enjoy the story. There was a real sense of support and warmth in the group of people at Joy’s Acre. They worked together really well and when they had troubles, as everyone does at some point, they felt real and genuine. This story has a bit of everything in it, romance, fame, prejudice, betrayal, theft, reminiscence, bereavement and aging. It’s such an unusual mixture that you could easily think that it won’t work but it does. The main over-riding aspects are friendship and romance and they hold everything together.
There is a sense of place and peacefullness that pervades the whole story despite all the goings-on that take place. It’s a story that you can read fairly quickly but can still remember weeks later, and the strongest memory from it is of that peace and calm that oozed from the pages. If Joy’s Acre was a real place it would be fully booked for years in advance with the number of people who would want to go simply to relax. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t exist but you can gain the same sense of calm, and escapism, by reading the book instead.
If you want something that will transport you from all of your troubles and cares and wrap you in a warm, comforting hug then this book is exactly what you’re looking for.
About the author:
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook.