Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for the latest book set in the village of Glendale, Scotland. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Hera Books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Lorna is following her dreams. But can she follow her heart?
Lorna Ferguson has dreamt of opening her own bed and breakfast in the village of Glendale for as long as she’d pictured falling in love. While her love life remains frankly hopeless, Lorna is determined to secure Dove House – the home she imagined living in as a child – to start this new venture with her family.
Along with brother Adam, Lorna starts restoring the house to its Art Deco glory, but faced with a whole host of renovation problems and their money fast running out, they worry that Dove House will never be ready to open in the New Year.
When a mystery man turns up, needing to fulfil a promise he made to his dying father and find the object he left at Dove House many years ago, Lorna’s heart goes out to him. But what they find there is going to change both of their lives forever.
Facing problems at every turn, and distracted by her heart, Lorna is going to need all the magic that her beloved Glendale can supply to make all her dreams come true..
The Review: I love reading these books because they are set in such a lovely, supportive, picturesque village. Glendale village sounds like a really nice place to live, but equally a nice place to start a business and that’s exactly what Lorna and her brother hope to do in this book.
It was good watching Lorna and Adam renovate Dove House and deal with the challenges that it throws up. Seeing how they negotiated the challenges was a reminder of the obstacles we have to overcome to get where we want to be in life.
The books set in Glendale are full of warmth and community spirit. It’s lovely seeing how everyone rallies round and supports others when they are struggling or trying to achieve their dreams. This book starts in September which was perfect as I was obviously reading it in the same month. I liked that time passed at a sensible speed too, so we moved into October, November etc and felt the passage of time rather than having the renovations and other events feel like they took place in only a few weeks.
As I’ve said, these books are full of warmth. Reading them always makes me feel that everything will be ok and gives a sense of hope and optimism. While you could read this anytime of year, it probably feels that bit cosier read in autumn or winter, snuggled up with a mug of something hot. I loved reading this and it’s made me want to go back to the first one I read and re-discover the village again from the start.
Victoria Walters is a full-time author living in Surrey. Victoria writes cosy books including the bestselling uplifting and romantic series GLENDALE HALL and the new gripping and charming crime novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star.