Starting Over At Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #4.5*


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Buying a thatched cottage in the country may not be the usual cure for a broken heart.

But after Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been sneaking around behind her back, packing her bags and leaving everything in London behind feels like it’s the only way forward.

Clara knew Acorn Cottage would be a fixer-upper… Yet in person, the cottage is less charmingly ramshackle and more a real health and safety concern. When Henry Garnett, her (rather handsome) new contractor, turns up with his little daughter Pansy and a van shaped like a cottage in tow, she isn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. What on earth has she gotten herself into?!

Still, there is something strangely lovable about the people in the little village of Merryknowe, from Rachel Brown, the quiet, lonely girl who bakes magical confections for the tearooms, to Tassie McIver, a little old lady with a lot of wisdom and a penchant for reading tea leaves. And Clara can’t deny that Henry and Pansy are quickly worming their way into her heart…

With all the heartbreak of the year behind her, could Acorn Cottage be the fresh start Clara so desperately wants?


A heartwarming, uplifting village romance for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Cathy Bramley.


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Bright, Uplifting & Satisfying Read!    stars 4.5


This is such a lovely read! Just the ticket if you need a light, bright uplifting book to raise your spirits.

Clara Maxwell is a sensible young woman; she has her life well under control. Her job as a bank manager means she has stable finances with investments; a boyfriend who she thought she loved and who – she thought – loved her in return until one evening when the relationship crumbles as she discovers he’s been sleeping with her best friend. So Clara packs up and heads off to the cottage she has bought, sight unseen, to start a new and hopefully better life . . .

There is a lot going on between the covers of this one; Clara begins to make acquaintances from the moment she arrives. Every person in life has their own history, problems and dreams and the author has spun a wonderful tale of individuals who slowly get to know each other. It’s a beautifully created story with well-drawn characters and plenty of ups and downs along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it’s well worth taking a good look at the cover – just perfect in relation to the contents and one which should draw plenty of attention from readers. A truly satisfying read which I’m very happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot in this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romance, women’s fiction


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Author Bio


Kate Forster

Kate Forster lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and dogs and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. She is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is also an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.



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