#BlogTour #Review : The Village of Happy Ever Afters by Alison Sherlock. @AlisonSherlock @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks

Today I’m reviewing the fourth in the series of books set in the lovely village of Cranbridge. Reviews for the previous books can be found on the blog. 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:

Molly Hopkins has happily watched all of her friends’ dreams come true on Riverside Lane.

Deciding to follow her passion for baking, Molly with the help of her friends takes the plunge and opens a Tea Garden in the village hoping to make it a summer to remember!

Meanwhile, after a rather public end of his marriage, Logan Armstrong trusts no one but his beloved Grandad. He just wants his brief stay in Cranbridge to be as quiet as possible. But his Grandad has other ideas; he dreams of seeing the old watermill working again which might just mean Logan has to ask the village for help.

Can Molly finally overcome her lack of confidence and believe in her abilities to make the tea garden a success?

Will Logan discover that Molly might just be the one to mend his broken heart? And will both of them realise that life is for living and loving?

Over a long hot summer in Cranbridge, perhaps everyone’s dreams of a happy-ever-after can finally come true.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3rb1z0I

The Review: I’ve read the previous 3 books in this series and loved them all. Cranbridge is a lovely, welcoming village that makes you wish it were real so you could move there, or at least that’s what it does for me. Having seen here friends find their happiness Molly despairs at ever finding her own, but with an desire to do more with her life and a new resident in the village, it looks like things might be about to change.

Much as you could read this book as a stand alone, for once I wouldn’t recommend it. While we spend a lot more time with Molly in this book, she has been present in the previous ones and events in those explain her lack of confidence in herself, which is clear in the beginning of this book too. I like Molly as a character. As someone who hasn’t always had bags of confidence, and still struggles sometimes, it was lovely to see this accurately reflected in how Molly reacted to thoughts and suggestions. However, it was also lovely to watch her character develop through the course of the book. She’s such a realistic character, that it was a joy to follow her story.

As well as following Molly’s progress we also get to follow the story of Logan, and the neglected and unused part of the village. This is where this village demonstrates why it’s somewhere I’d want to live. Everyone is supportive and welcoming. They rally round in times of crisis but also celebrate the joyful occasions. There’s a real sense of community here which is something that’s not easily found these days.

As with the other books in this series, this one is full of comfort and warmth. Even in the parts where the characters are struggling the warmth just radiates off the page (or screen in my case). This series of books is such a joy to read and I’m glad I’ve been able to experience the ups and downs of life in Cranbridge. As far as I know this is that last book in the series and if that’s the case then this is a very sad piece of information. There is one thing that can bring some joy after this sadness, and that’s that I can re-read the books. Happily books, unlike real life, are something we can revisit whenever we want, and this means that the village and its residents will be waiting for me whenever I choose to return.

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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