Friday, 23 February 2018

The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor #BlogTour @bookouture #Review

I'm thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

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There’s blossom in the trees and daffodils as far as the eye can see. Maddie is looking forward to a fresh start in the countryside, but there’s just one little problem…

Following a scandal at her high-flying PR agency, twenty-six-year-old Maddie flees London to help promote what she thinks is going to be a luxurious holiday retreat in the countryside. Everything is riding on her making a success of this new job…

Yet when she arrives, Maddie is horrified to find a rundown old farm in a terrible state. The brooding and secretive owner, Seth, spent all his money on leasing the land when he fell in love with the beautiful, dishevelled farm cottages and the very romantic story behind them.

When Maddie discovers an old oil painting by the original owner’s wife, she unlocks the secret of the farm’s history and quickly realises she must start getting her hands dirty if this very special place is going to have any chance of survival. As she and Seth begin working together, the stunning view from the top of the hill is not the only thing that’s leaving her breathless…

After weeks of hard work the dream looks like it might become a reality, until a secret from Maddie’s past threatens to snatch it all away again. Can Maddie find a way to save the business and herself? Will she finally find a place to keep her heart within the crumbling walls of the little cottage on the hill?

Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson who are looking to escape to the countryside and fall in love watching the seasons change.

When we first meet Maddie and Seth it really isn't the best of first impressions mainly because they are both so stubborn and definitely have their own ideas! They clash and I was left wondering how things would work out with them working together. Both have their ideas and want to do things their own way but can they both put aside their differences?

The story moves quickly and I easily fell in love with the rundown farm that is in need of care and renovation. The Little Cottage on the Hill has a lovely charm that pulled me right into the characters lives and to the story itself. There is a little bit of mystery to the story along with the character's backgrounds that made me invested in discovering all about them.

Emma Davies has written a lovely descriptive story that just made me feel as if I was right there on the farm with everyone. The characters were developed well and I loved seeing Joy's Acre slowly come together with a lot of hard work of course but seeing everyone working so hard as a team was so lovely to see.

The Little Cottage on the Hill is a wonderfully heartwarming story filled with love and friendship that is guaranteed to make you smile!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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 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 (a little too often than is good for her).

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