The Birthday on Lovelace Lane

Written by Alice Ross


Architect Mike Hylton has a significant birthday looming. One he’d much rather forget about. Not that there’s much chance of that. With all the residents of Lovelace Lane acting strangely, he strongly suspects celebratory plans are afoot.
However, an unwelcome birthday surprise, and a mid-life crisis, aren’t the only things Mike has to worry about. His business is seriously struggling and his only chance of saving it is to win the lucrative contract on Highwater Hall. But with a younger rival also in the running, just how far is Mike prepared to go to secure the deal?

This is the sixth short story in the Lovelace Lane series:

Short Story 1 The Little Cottage on Lovelace Lane
Short Story 2 The Big House on Lovelace Lane
Short Story 3 The Wedding on Lovelace Lane
Short Story 4 Christmas on Lovelace Lane
Short Story 5 New Arrivals on Lovelace Lane




Five Shiny, Glowing, Sparkly Stars!  5 stars


This is such a gorgeous series to read! Full of fun and frolics as always, but this time Alice Ross really has excelled herself!

Approaching fifty – a bit faster than he would like – Mike is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. There’s a new kid on the block who seems to be snatching all the good architectual contracts out from under him. Added to the worry of his business failing, his long time assistant is on sick leave following an op and has been replaced with a younger, sylph-like and very blonde model. His two daughters seem to think of him as a never-ending source of cash and his wife’s hair is becoming weirder with each visit to her hairdresser. And on top of all that, with his birthday looming, Mike suspects a bit of an underhand conspiracy is taking place …

Yet again, I found myself reading on after my husband had fallen asleep and trying to control my giggles so as not to waken him. This is so very, very amusing – laugh out loud and hysterically funny. I had this mental image of a younger David Jason playing Mike getting into all the scrapes that he does. This actor seemed to fit the part to a ‘T’!

Lovelace Lane is a fabulous series. A very much sought after area, with beautiful individually designed houses – but more than that it is a real community. Reading the books definitely gives me a strong desire to move there, every time. These tales are beautifully crafted and so very individual, with wonderfully entertaining storylines, skilfully created characters and so very true to life. When I have one of Alice Ross’s books coming up on my reading list, I just know I’m in for a treat.

This is a novella – and a series – I have no hesitation in recommending. Don’t worry if you read them out of order as each story is a stand-alone. But once you’ve read one, you’ll be desperate for more. Five shiny, glowing, sparkly stars!

My grateful thanks to the author for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family, friends, humour, women’s fiction



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2018
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Meet the Author


71Su7BjlCaL._SY200_Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.

One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.

Missing Blighty (including the weather – but don’t tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.

When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don’t ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.

Alice loves to hear from her readers. You can get in touch with her via Twitter @aliceross22










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