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. What readers are saying about The Little Cottage on the Hill: ‘A wonderfully uplifting enjoyable read to make you smile.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars ‘Such a lovely read! Heart-warming and uplifting… A delightful feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A lovely story that is engaging, heart-warming and perfect for an escape.’ I am, Indeed ‘This is a warm, sweet story… The ending left me with a massive grin on my face – although that was after a few tears (both happy and sad) too.’ After the Rain ‘A charming story that I enjoyed reading every second of.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars ‘A wonderfully fun feel-good book… Beware that this book will have you binge-reading it in one sitting. It is that good. Loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Such a lovely read! Heart-warming and uplifting… A delightful feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Flew through this one just like her others! A great feel-good light read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A cute fluffy feel good romance with some depth… Overall great read and sweet romance.’ Books and Quirks, 5 stars ‘A funny and heart-warming story, which makes you feel sad in parts and then lifts you up again with laughter in others…’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Another great book from Emma, flew through this one just like her others! A great feel good light read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Take an endless stroll through wild meadows and breathe in the sweet aroma of flowers in full bloom. The first ever guest at the little cottage on the hill is looking for an escape, but her past is not far behind her... Thirty-two-year-old 'ice queen' Isobel slams the cottage door and pulls the curtains shut. She has just six weeks to practise for a secret project that could save her career and no one must know she is here. When Tom, the local thatcher with eyes as blue and deep as the ocean, hears the sound of her violin on the breeze he feels a tug at his heart-strings that reminds him of happier times. Who is this mysterious new lodger, and why does she look so familiar? Desperate to find out more, Tom is devastated when Isobel refuses to enjoy everything the farm has to offer. He won't give in, but just when it looks like Isobel is coming out of her shell, someone recognises her and the troubles from her past threaten to take away everything she has been working towards. Will the lessons Isobel learned at the little cottage help her to stand up and face the music? Will Tom ever find a way to unlock the emotion she needs to move on? If you loved the heart-warming romance in novels by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson, you'll adore this gorgeous, feel-good story about letting love in. What readers are saying about Emma Davies: 'A wonderfully uplifting enjoyable read to make you smile.' Nicki's Book Blog, 5 stars 'Such a lovely read! Heart-warming and uplifting... A delightful feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face.'Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A lovely story that is engaging, heart-warming and perfect for an escape.' I am, Indeed 'This is a warm, sweet story... The ending left me with a massive grin on my face - although that was after a few tears (both happy and sad) too.' After the Rain 'A charming story that I enjoyed reading every second of.' Rachel's Random Reads, 5 stars 'A wonderfully fun feel-good book... Beware that this book will have you binge-reading it in one sitting. It is that good. Loved it.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Ellie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat. Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago. Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mitchell. But does Reece have ulterior motives? Will Ellie’s efforts be for nothing?
"Twenty-four-year-old Lucy needs a fresh start. Forever single and frustrated with her studies she gives up everything to run a little library in the leafy village of Tilley Moreton. Lucy loves reading almost as much as she loves fixing other people's problems, so starting a book club seems like the perfect opportunity to do both. As she meets her new members, it's clear she's going to have her work cut out for her. Handsome but silent Callum is the biggest puzzle of them all... But Lucy's meddling begins to cause more problems than it solves, and no one is more surprised than Lucy when Callum steps in to help. Could there be more to him than people think? As Callum and Lucy start working together to fix the broken hearts of the library's most loyal customers, the first sparks of romance begin to fly"--Page  of cover.
Letting in Light
Author: Emma Davies
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Rowan Hill means many things to many people, but to Ellie Hesketh it represents new beginnings. Putting her life back together after a break-up is going to take time, but the crumbling country estate--as much in need of TLC as she is--seems the perfect place to do it. But Ellie is not the only person for whom Rowan Hill is a refuge. There's Will, damaged and complicated, whose secrets almost nobody knows. And Finn, his brother, who's finally decided to stop running from his own past. As Ellie is drawn further into saving the estate, she can't help but try saving the brothers too--and she's sure she knows just how to go about it. The trouble is, she's been accused of meddling before... By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story of friendship, forgiveness and unexpected romance reveals the lies we tell to hide dark secrets--and what can happen when we let in a little light.
A Seaside Escape
Author: Lisa Hobman
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
All work and no love can make for a dull life. But cupid's arrow has a habit of striking when you least expect it... A heartwarming, feel-good romance to curl up with this winter. Perfect for the fans of Marian Keyes and Veronica Henry. Mallory Westerman is the successful proprietor of Le Petit Cadeau, a gift shop extraordinaire in thriving Leeds. Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally falls into the arms of a handsome, intriguing stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armour. The whirlwind romance that ensues changes her life-path irrevocably. However, the road to true love is never smooth and things don't always turn out how you expect... *Shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2014* This book was previously published as A Bridge Over the Atlantic. 'Things don't always turn out as you'd expect! A Seaside Escape is a funny, poignant and beautiful story of love and loss, just like life. Mallory's story is life affirming and bursting with emotion that will have you reaching for the tissues. A very well told story perfect for reading on cold autumn nights by the fire' Adele O'Neill. 'This is a story to fall in love with, a triumph of love over loss, hope over heartache and ultimately a tale that will lift your spirits and leave you smiling at the end! Well done Ms Hobman, a great debut!' Faith Hogan.
Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it? When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can't wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they've barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner's cougar wife. Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery. Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory. Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she's ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday wouldn't it? Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses. Praise for The Little French Guesthouse: 'Like sunshine on a cloudy day this is a book to warm your heart. I loved it.' Shellyback Books 'I loved every single page of this book and didn't want the story to end. It had me hooked from start to finish, had me giggling on the bus (rather embarrassing). It is one of those warm, cosy books that needs coffee and croissants.' The Reading Shed 'Utterly delicious, I loved escaping into this delightful French community, definitely a feel good book that had me with a smile on my face and laughing out loud. You've just got to love Rupert ... With the sexy gardener providing a great distraction from Nathan's desertion, new friends and new possibilities this is a real page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed Ä a truly wonderfully crafted novel that I highly recommend for its amazing characters, plot and storytelling that make it a brilliant story to escape into. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be available, I definitely want to read it, please!' Splashes into Books 'From the very beginning to the very end, I absolutely adored this book If I ever found myself in a jam I would want a Rupert in my life for sure (even with his persistence and tendency to butt-in)! The emotional journey that ended up being The Little French Guesthouse is sometimes sad, sometimes infuriating and sometimes hilarious and abso-freaking-lutely worthy of a comfy chair, a cozy blanket and a nice cuppa.' Well Read Pirate Queen 'Could not put down this fabulous book, peppered with humour and characters you can relate to. A wonderful, laugh out loud summer read. One to share with friends and recommend to strangers.' Renita D'Silva 'La Cour des Roses is the name of the guesthouse that is central to the story and with its warmth of character, picturesque gardens and eccentric owner, its a place I would love to spend more time. I am already looking forward to book two .' Rachel's Random Reads 'What a lovely gem of a book. I picked this book up during a particularly intense period at work and it was the perfect book, gentle and warm with some lovely characters and a good bit of eye candy, perfect for a pick-me-up/ summer read where you just want to lose yourself in the story.' The Met Line Reader
‘A sweet and charming story.’ Kaye Temanson (NetGalley reviewer) A delightfully uplifting romantic comedy to get you in the mood for summer! Escape to the country!
Turn Towards the Sun
Author: Emma Davies
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). Lizzie wants nothing more than to start over and put the past behind her. So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true. But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten. To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heartwarming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.
The Hidden Cottage
Author: Erica James
Publisher: Hachette UK
Sunday Times bestseller Erica James shows her faultless blend of humour and emotion in this moving tale of family love and sacrifice. Mia Channing appears to have an enviable life: a beautiful home, a happy marriage, a job she enjoys and three grown-up children to whom she's devoted. But appearances can be deceptive... When the family gathers for her son's thirtieth birthday, he brings with him his latest girlfriend, who, to their surprise, has a nine-year-old daughter. Then, before the birthday cake has even been cut, Mia's youngest daughter Daisy has seized the opportunity to drop a bombshell. It's an evening that marks a turning point in all their lives, when old resentments and regrets surface and the carefully ordered world Mia has created begins to unravel.
The Summer of Secrets
Author: Tilly Tennant
The Summer Book
Author: Tove Jansson
Publisher: New York Review of Books
In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.
Author: Antonia Abbott
The third volume in the Emotions Trilogy In this, the final book in Antonia Abbott's highly popular Emotions trilogy, drama, despair and delight all continue to play their part in the unfolding lives of the wealthy Rowlands family. Will Susie ever grow up and forget the feckless Jonathan? Will the feckless Jonathan ever let Susie go? Why is Peter afraid of the police? Does Annabelle really have a secret life? As you read this witty, entertaining saga of Oxfordshire life, you find the answers to these questions - and much more besides!
Sweet Home Summer
Author: Michelle Vernal
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Sometimes, home really is where the heart is...