I'm thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Belonging by Rhoda Baxter and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?
Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.
As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.
But with attraction comes guilt.
Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?
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What a gem this story is! I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing the story play out.
Belonging is a novella but packs so much into the story with grief and love being big themes. It really is lovely to be able to pick a book up and finish it in one go and that is exactly what I did with this story. Sometimes it can be difficult to really get a feel for characters in a novella but Rhoda Baxter has created some relatable and likeable characters.
There is an emotional connection as Harriet is still struggling with her grief until Niamh and Tim come crashing into her life. Things begin to look just that little bit brighter for Harriet and I was hoping she would get her happy ever after. The setting is perfect (it is Yorkshire after all) and I enjoyed the community spirit!
Second chances, new beginnings and a heartwarming vibe make this book extra special!
With thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.
Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).
Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.
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