Written by Alison Sherlock
Everyone is running away from something – but will an escape to the countryside suit everyone?
Journalist Eleanor McCartney leads a glamorous life in London exposing the sordid secrets of famous celebrities for Hot Gossip! magazine. But her perfect life is a sham. So when her world collapses, she has to reluctantly head home to her mum and friends in the quite country village of Cranley.
Willow Tree Hall is still in the midst of extensive renovations under the careful eye of Eleanor’s best friend Annie and her fiancé, record producer and future Earl of Cranley, Sam Harris.
With a recording studio now in the grounds of the estate, it should be the perfect place for global singing sensation Tom Kingsley to hang out. But Tom is burnt out after a gruelling worldwide tour and is escaping the paparazzi after yet another scandal. Eleanor cannot believe her luck. A story on the world’s biggest superstar would be the ticket that gets her job and glamorous life back in London.
But soon both Eleanor and Tom begin to fall under the spell of Willow Tree Hall. Eleanor begins to wonder whether she can really betray his trust. And does she really want her old life back or is home really where the heart lies?
As a heatwave soars, friendships are made, truths are told and, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps love can be found as hearts are healed. By escaping to the country, maybe Eleanor and Tom have found their new beginning.
Full of warmth, laughter tears and heartache. Perfect for the fans Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews.
What a delicious read! Perfect for either cuddling up with inside out of the rain, or enjoying outside in the sunshine – I’ve done both, all in the space of a day!
Eleanor’s Mum and her friends think she leads a glamorous life in London as a financial journalist. The truth, however, is a bit different. Working for a celebrity magazine, Eleanor’s life has turned out far from where her ambitions lay. She hopes change is on the horizon but it turns out to be a bigger change than she bargained for.
Returning home to the village of Cranley under the pretence of caring for her Mum and her injured foot, Eleanor is still living a lie. She realises, however, that in order to get her relationship with her two childhood friends back on an even keel, she must own up – and soon. Then a famous musician arrives in the village and she delays coming clean as the paparazzi make his life hell and she doesn’t want him to discover how she earned her living until very recently.
It’s a pleasure to return to Willow Tree Hall, and pick up the story from ‘A House to Mend a Broken Heart’. I love that there is little – if any – reference to that book – too often sequels are spoiled with constant repetition of the first one, and Alison Sherlock hasn’t fallen into that trap. This is a full length novel with a completely different story to the first, although it is joyous to meet all the characters again and find their lives advancing. The setting is idyllic; the characters well-rounded and beautifully created. This is a very easy read – fast paced, packed with goings on and truly enchanting. It’s thoroughly satisfying to get to the last page with no questions remaining! Such a well-written novel deserves the highest recommendation, which I’m happy to give.
My thanks to publishers Aria for pre-approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3347 KB
- Print Length: 458 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 1 May 2018
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/hTr2lVs
Meet the Author
Alison Sherlock loves to write stories full of warmth, laughter, love and friendships including The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club which reached No 1 in the Italian book charts.
Her latest series of books focuses on the lives and loves, trials and tribulations of all those who live and work at Willow Tree Hall, a crumbling stately home in the countryside.
Alison lives in Surrey with her husband and Harry, the world’s daftest golden retriever.
She loves to hear from her readers. You can get in touch on Facebook/Alison Sherlock and on Twitter @alisonsherlock