Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane - Part One by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale #LilyPondLane @rararesources #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane - Part One by Emily Harvale. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane
New Beginnings
Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

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I'm not quite sure what I expected when I picked up this book but I'm so glad I decided to read it. All three characters were entertaining from the fun and the lively Ella to her brother Garrick who I may have possibly developed a crush on. Then you have Mia who has received quite a shock as she stands to inherit a cottage from a great-aunt she never knew. Mia is sweet and instantly likeable especially as her life has been pretty much completely changed. I loved the mystery surrounding the inheritance and I'm so eager to find out more about Matilda and also the charming village that this trio find themselves in. From the wonderful descriptions of the village to the cottage I could just move in myself!

When you pick up this book you will be faced with questions that need answering. Along with seeing how or if any relationships will blossom, it was such a brilliant start to the story and I can't wait to read part two so I can discover more. So much happens in this story that once I sat down to read it I didn't stop until I found myself on the last page. There is an uplifting vibe to this book but with the addition of a mystery at it's heart making it feel just that little bit special.

What a gem this story is and I'm sure will continue to be! It was fun, charming and had me smiling away to myself all the way through.

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. 

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.
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