*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.
Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…
Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.
A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.
Readers who are familiar with Eliza J. Scott’s previous book, The Letter: Kitty’s Story will recognise the settings and characters here, but there is no need to have read one to enjoy the other, as both stories follow a different main character on their road happiness and romance.
I would describe the tone of this series as ‘cosy romance’, set as it is in a close-knit village community with an extended-family feel to all (well, most) of the neighbours. The ‘main crowd’ consists of Molly and her husband Pip, her cousins Kitty and Jimby, and Vi and Ollie, best friends to Kitty and Jimby respectively. Along with this adorable group of close friends are a surrounding cast of cute kids, caring villager acquaintances and eccentric elders. Obviously not everyone can be wonderful, and there is a particular family who I would certainly love to eventually get their comeuppance, but apart from them I would happily move to Lytell Stangdale!
Still, whilst there is sweet romance and strong friendship there must also be trouble and conflict to keep the story moving. In the previous book this external conflict came from Kitty’s deeply unhappy marriage to the odious bully Dan. In contrast, Molly and Pip have a strong marriage but are beset by worries about their teenage boys, the farm they have taken responsibility for and their new baby (never easy!). Then things go really wrong…
What I love most in these books is how the characters all pull together in a crisis and work through things as a team. It is the ultimate in wish fulfilment to feel the strength and warmth of love in the friendships and romances the author brings to life within these pages, and I would definitely read more from the residents of Lytell Stangdale (maybe it’s Vi’s turn next?).
Fans of gentle romance with a strong theme of family and friendship will really enjoy this series, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one who is waiting impatiently to see the back of the awful Aiofe!
‘You’re up to something, aren’t you?’ She narrowed her eyes at him. ‘I can tell. That’s what all this wining and dining’s about. Come on, you might as well spill the beans cos I’m going to find out sooner or later.’ She pursed her lips as she swirled the wine around her glass.
‘I don’t know what you mean! Can’t a bloke take his wife out for a slap-up meal on their anniversary without being accused of being up to summat? You’ve got a suspicious mind, you have, Molly Pennock.’ He wagged a finger at her.
She wagged one back at him. ‘That, Pip Pennock, is because I know you too well. This is the man who buys his wife a hoover as a gift. Or, worse, a couple of bloody pigs for Valentine’s day. This is not the man who arranges romantic evenings and a day’s clothes shopping.’
‘Don’t try telling me you don’t think the world of them pigs.’ Pip folded his arms across his chest and stretched his legs out onto the coffee table in front of him.
– Eliza J. Scott, The Talisman: Molly’s Story
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