Written by Emma Davies
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?
Glowing With Warmth, Compassion and Humour!
Firstly, I have to admit to having bought this book in February; I’ve put off reading it as it’s a great feeling having a new series by Emma Davies waiting in the wings!
Madeleine is very much a Londoner; a high maintenance woman with perfectly coiffed hair, a wardrobe of business wear and a low slung sports car. Leaving behind her PR career in the capital, she is heading for her new job in the countryside – definitely not her normal habitat! We join Madeleine as she struggles to follow the directions she has been given to her new temporary home. However, it all comes as a bit of a shock. The rundown farm isn’t what was sold to her at her interview, and the owner – not the person who interviewed her – doesn’t seem exactly welcoming either.
Maddie is such an outsider in the country and her discomfort is clear – I daresay, as a country girl, I would be as out of place in the city! Slowly, we get to know the characters – beautifully created and completely realistic – and find out how they deal with the obstacles which arise on a daily basis. The setting is glorious and the details are all well researched and totally in keeping with the story. It’s such a pleasure to be back in Emma’s capable hands. Her stories glow with warmth, compassion and humour and this one is no different.
This is a full-length read, packed with details and oh, so enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to the next in series, coming soon! This is a book I definitely recommend, and as soon as you read this one you will want to read more of this author’s work. And none of her books will disappoint, they’re THAT good!
I purchased this book from Amazon.co.uk. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1686 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Publication Date: 19 February 2018
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/iBhAbab
Meet the Author
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her).