When Jennifer goes up to Cambridge University with her head full of the Romantic Poets, she never dreams that she will find her very own Byron.
But then she meets gorgeous actor Laurie Lewis, and finds herself living a real-life love poem.
Fifteen years and two children later, Jennifer and Laurie’s relationship is starting to feel more like an epic tragedy. After a series of revelations turn her world upside down, Jennifer will do anything to keep her family together – even if it means moving hundreds of miles away to Laurie’s childhood home in Westenbury, Yorkshire.
As she reluctantly enters into village life – complete with interfering in-laws, new friends and a surprise delivery of alpacas – Jennifer is amazed to find herself feeling happy for the first time in years.
But the village holds one last, devastating secret and Jennifer must decide once and for all what she wants her future to hold.
A Novel which Sparkles & Shines!
Another fine foray into the village of Westenbury!
Jennifer is a lucky young woman; never really wanting for anything she is studying at Cambridge and, with her head full of the Romantic Poets, she dreams of finding her very own Byron. She is convinced he’s out there somewhere and can’t believe her luck when Laurie Lewis not only fits the bill but falls in love with her. Fast forward fifteen years and two children later, life isn’t quite so rosy as they are forced to relocate to the north of England to the dilapidated farm where Laurie was raised following a court case which has all but bankrupted him. Jennifer is out of her comfort zone but does her best to embrace life in Yorkshire, even making a few friends in Westenbury and is surprised to find herself happier than she has been for a long time. Surely the bad times are behind her – or are they?
I have loved all of Julie Houston’s books, and this is another cracking read to add to my collection. With a touch of humour throughout, the author never shies away from the vagaries of life and tells it as it is. I have giggled at Jennifer’s constant alliteration – something I know I can be guilty of – and oozed sympathy for some of the things she has had to deal with while always putting her children first – as most of us do. This author has an amazing ability to create wonderful, believable characters and spin a tale around them which urges the reader on. A smashing story, well told, and one which kept me enthralled and entertained all the way through. This is a novel which sparkles and shines from beginning to end, and deserves my highest recommendation. If you haven’t already read this author’s work, then this is the time to begin – you won’t regret it!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romantic comedy
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 400 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 14 April 2022
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Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past nineteen years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-four-year-old son and twenty-one-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she’s been told it’s good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.
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