#BlogTour #Review : The Village Inn of Secret Dream by Alison Sherlock. @AlisonSherlock @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks

Today I’m reviewing the latest of the series of books set in the village of Cranbridge, the previous books I’ve reviewed can be found on the blog, through the search feature. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Book:

After escaping her parents’ unhappy marriage to sleepy Cranbridge a long time ago, Belle Clarke dreams of staying at The Black Swan Inn forever.

But with the rundown Inn threatened with closure, Belle may be forced to leave, unless a buyer can be found … quickly.

So, when her oldest friend Pete Kennedy returns from working abroad with a plan to save the Inn, Belle should be overjoyed. The trouble is, Pete has some rather radical ideas for the renovation which Belle disagrees with.

But when a snow storm hits, Belle and Pete are forced to put aside their differences and work together to help the village.

Can Belle realise her dreams to stay in Cranbridge and can Pete ever stop running from his past?

As they try to save The Black Swan Inn, secrets are revealed and just maybe they’ll finally find out how they really feel about each other.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2U73qa7

The Review: It was a joy to return to Cranbridge, it’s such a warm and welcoming village to spend time in. While there have been previous books set here each can be read as a stand alone, they don’t necessarily need to be read in order, (though it does help avoid spoilers). This time we follow Belle’s story as the Inn is sold and she tries to work out what her future holds and whether she is able to stay in Cranbridge.

It’s well known in the village that the Inn is in need of serious help so it’s not a surprise when it’s put up for sale. Who buys it is a surprise, and their plans for the Inn are even more unexpected. Pete decides he knows best having had some business owning experience in Singapore, where he’s been working for the past few years, but Belle disagrees and, unsurprisingly, things don’t run smoothly.

While it wasn’t unexpected that Pete and Belle were going to clash over their viewpoints on the Inn, it was interesting watching them argue and seeing the character development over the course of the story. Pete has to readjust to living in the village having been away, and Belle wants to stay in the one place that has given her peace. As well as the existing cast of characters from the previous books we have a few new ones that add another dimension to the story.

Being set in the autumn the story goes through to the New Year, and that brings snow to the village which brings a new challenge. This is when this village really shows what it’s like and it’s times like that that I wished I lived there too. I love the idea of getting coffee from the shop and sitting on the veranda in the morning and popping into the Inn for an occasional drink in the evening. It’s such a peaceful place, for the most part, with the water running through the middle of the main street, that it makes the whole read, mostly peaceful. Though even when the arguments hit there is still a background atmosphere of support and friendship. I enjoyed my return to the village and seeing what happened to the Black Swan Inn, and Pete and Belle. It was lovely to catch up with some characters, meet new ones and see the village continue to be strong and supportive and a lovely place to live, and work.

The Author:

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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