Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns.
So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.
As if that weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.
But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…
Julie Houston’s novels are funny, wonderfully warm and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Gervaise Phinn, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.
Also by Julie Houston
Coming Home to Holly Close Farm
Looking for Lucy
The One Saving Grace
Goodness, Grace and Me
An Off-Piste Christmas
Sing Me A Secret (coming soon)
Sparkling – and So Very, Very Funny!
I read this book back in December 2018, and it is one which has stayed with me, so I am delighted to get the chance to revise my review.
Cassie Beresford is looking forward to a night out with her husband, her friends and their partners. About to begin her new job as deputy head teacher, the last thing she needs is her life imploding .. but hey, this is just the beginning!
This was my first novel by Julie Houston. Whilst it is a stand-alone read, it is followed by several others where the same characters pop up from time to time. Throughout them all I have soaked up the author’s witty style of writing, disturbing my husband as I giggled so much that the bed shook, spluttered over various cups of coffee and even had a coughing fit from inhaling toast whilst reading. The story line is well planned, flows easily, is extremely enjoyable, and the icing on top is most definitely the wonderful humour. Julie is superbly funny and I found myself wondering why she hadn’t been snapped up to write sit-coms for tv – trust me, they would be a guaranteed hit! Her character development is spot-on and on the basis of reading this book I have gone on to read all the rest; in fact, her forthcoming one is on my reading list for May. I truly adore everything about this book, and cannot recommend it (and her others) highly enough. Easily a five star sparkling read!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for my place in this blog tour. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romantic comedy
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio cd
- Size: 472 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 6 November 2018
- Links: Goodreads
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- Barnes & Noble
- W. H. Smith
Julie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me and Looking for Lucy, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number One bestseller. She is married with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.