The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane ~ New Beginnings

Written by Emily Harvale


Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part One of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….




Warm, Enjoyable, Fun Series!  5 stars


A fabulous introduction to what promises to be a fun series!

Mia Ward is on her uppers; she’s lost her job and finding it practically impossible to get another, been dumped by her boyfriend and is struggling to meet the London rent, so it seems like the answer to her prayers when she is contacted by a solicitor about a legacy in her name. It turns out that her great Aunt Matilda – someone completely unheard of to Mia – has not only remembered her in her will, but has left her a seaside cottage which, if she lives in for one calendar year, she will inherit free and clear. Although Mia isn’t fond of the sea, or much of a country girl, this offer has come along at such an opportune time that her friend Ella and her brother Garrick join her on the journey to Little Pondale .. and so our tale begins.

This is only the second Emily Harvale novel I’ve read, but she’s an author who’s on my ‘must read more of’ list. Light-hearted rom-coms are her trademark and her writing is always set around a good story with fabulously created characters and lots of laughter. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and already have the second book in my tbr list. If you are looking for a warm, enjoyable fun series then this is one I definitely recommend. Well worth five full vibrant stars!

My thanks to both the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


41tYUZwzbgL._SY200_Emily Harvale is the best-selling author of eighteen novels, three novellas and two short stories. She is a member of the SoA and RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. Emily writes romantic comedy and women’s fiction and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings (famous for the battle of 1066) where she now writes full-time.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats, and says they spend almost as much time sprawled across her keyboard, as she does typing on it.

To catch up with Emily, go to her website at where you can sign up for her Readers’ Club newsletter and/or connect with her on social media.








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