Written by Catherine Jones
The town of Little Woodford seems peaceful and picture-postcard beautiful, with it’s marketplace, ancient church and immaculate allotments.
But behind the tranquil facade, troubles are brewing.
Olivia Lewthwaite, former town councillor, pillar of the WI and all-round busybody, has been forced by here husband’s gambling debts to sell their house – her pride and joy. She hates the new estate they’ve moved to and knows she need to humble herself to apply for a job.
To make matters worse, a thoroughly disagreeable woman has bought Olivia’s beloved Grange and sets about objecting to everything she can, from the ringing of the church bells, to the market stall selling organic local meat.
It isn’t long before the town is in turmoil.
A Warm and Easy Read!
What a lovely warm and easy read! It’s like settling down into a big fluffy cushion and totally relaxing.
Little Woodford is your quintessential English village; picturesque and peaceful. Like a swan gliding along the surface of the water, there is some mad paddling going on underneath by the movers and shakers. Olivia Lewthwaite has been one of the more influential residents, but with the sale of her house due to unfortunate circumstances, she loses her place in the hierarchy.
I had only read a few pages before I realised that this is the sequel to the first in series which I read and enjoyed last year. Whilst this is an entirely new story, it’s wonderful to catch up with the lives of all the familiar characters along with making the acquaintance of a few new ones. This village consists of an array of residents which most small communities can boast: the nosy-parker, the gossip, the business owners and families of all ages and sizes. Living in a village myself (Scottish, not English) I really identified with the tale of the incomer who wanted to change everything – so true to life as we have someone like that near us!
Beautifully written, this is a true-to-life and extremely satisfying novel which I have really enjoyed reading. I have been able to sink into it whilst laughing and revelling in the antics of the characters. A fabulous book – with a gorgeous cover – and one which I’m very happy to award five shining stars!
My thanks to publisher Head of Zeus for both my copy via NetGalley and for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. This is, of course, my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover
- Size: 400 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 4 April 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- W. H. Smith
Meet the Author
Catherine Jones lives in Thame, where she is an independent Councillor. She is the author of eighteen novels, including the Soldiers’ Wives series, which she wrote under the pseudonym Fiona Field.
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