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Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage – Heidi Swain

I think without any doubt Heidi Swain is becoming one of my favourite authors up there with Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde. The dizzy heights of being able to pick up a novel by this author and know that you are going to get a good story from the very beginning.

Lottie inherits a cottage in the village of Wynbridge, not any old cottage but Cuckoo Cottage which was previously owned by Gwen. Trouble is a number of the villagers think that Lottie is the cuckoo in the nest as she had only a tenuous link to Gwen.

Lottie though has other ideas, she has to live in the cottage for a year and as she has no other commitments or roots put down and no other family why should she not take up residence? The cottage holds a very dear par of her heart and perhaps here she can find what it is she wants out of life.

The cottage has some secrets and local builder Matt befriends Lottie and helps her with some of the more challenging tasks, trouble is local neighbour Will seems to think it is only a new shower and safer fuse box will keep the cottage going for many years to come.

When Lottie agrees to renovate a caravan for The Cherry Tree Cafe, but to keep it secret until she knows that it will work, it sparks some intrigue from the other villagers. What is Lottie going to do? Of course without knowing the truth people speculate and make their own minds up. Lottie is lost on who she can trust now and it seems that the only way to know for sure is to tell the truth. But there are some other locals who might need to start telling the truth too. What will the truth lead to?

If you have read other Heidi Swain novels you will recognise some of the characters. But not knowing who they are is fine, this can be read as a standalone novel and out of publication order as I have done.

I wanted to keep reading about Lottie, her cottage, her plans and the way the community embraced her, well nearly all of the community. Her cottage sounded just the sort of place to visit, for a cup of tea, a large piece of cake and an afternoon in a lovely squishy chair by the fire reading a book – in fact a book just like the one I have described.

An excellent book to escape right into, you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this novel. 

Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage is out now. 

 

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April Roundup

What a month! A holiday from work, various hospital appointments, plenty of knitting, a Royal Baby, plenty of cake, couple of days at Ragdale Hall and of course plenty of reading!

Where do I start really in looking back at what I have read?

Well I am really trying to make a dent in all the books I have on my netgalley list – I get a bit clicky happy when I see a lovely bright cover and something that is going to give me the feel good factor – which I need in buckets.

Which is why I went and caught up with Annie Darling – True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop and then discover there is another one out as I had got behind with the series! I think I liked this book more than the first.

Heidi Swain – Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage was another catch up and Heidi is fast becoming a favourite author who you know as soon as you pick up a book you are going to get a great story! I still have to catch up with The Cherry Tree Cafe and of course I have her new novel waiting and tempting me on my kindle! Damn that netgalley!

Then of course I hear that Fern Britton had a new novel out earlier in the year and I realised I had not read Fern Britton – The Postcard which I had hanging around on my kindle. Why had I not read this earlier – who knows and there is part of me which thinks I should stop putting off reading books by my favourite authors – I treat them with such reverence!

Of course I need to make a dent in the books on the shelves as well and so picked up Kathleen Tessaro – The Perfume Collector which took me on a lovely journey from New York and Paris and the mystery of the art of scent.

Alan Bradley – The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches was the only male author who I read this month – it has been a very female dominated one. But I got back to the delightful Flavia and enjoyed her latest escapade! Flavia is one to watch for the future.

We all probably said the same about Hillary Rodham Clinton – What Happened. I really spent about three months reading this book, as I dipped in and out of it as whilst it wasn’t heavy going it was a book to concentrate on, not for light reading before bedtime! Thank you to everyone who commented on my review/post I was not sure what sort of reaction I was going to get. It is certainly a step away from my normal reading choice.

The joy of blogging means that you do get to find out about other authors and of course that is what led me to pick up Elizabeth Taylor – The Wedding Group. I found it a lonely read in both plot and character and did not enjoy it as much as Mrs Palfrey.

In the centenary year of (some) women getting the vote I was thrilled to get an advance review of Lissa Evans – Old Baggage. I am rather a late comer to Lissa Evans but this book is excellent and focuses on what happened once they got the vote – where did all those women go and what did they do?

Some women still want to live no matter how old they are or what their family thinks. You should certainly read Judy Leigh – A Grand Old Time if you think that age has become a barrier to enjoying wine, men, food and campervans.

Enjoying food is certainly a hobby of mine and I like baking but all of a sudden I want to make chutney and jams thanks to reading Veronica Henry – A Family Recipe her latest novel. I need to dig out my mum’s old recipe books now!

I whizzed through Holly Martin – The Holiday Cottage by the Sea simply because she is another author I really enjoy and she seems to capture romance and humour with fascinating jobs and lives and add a big bit of raciness in it that makes me keep reading and reading. I realise I have the White Cliff Bay series to catch up on, not that I am short of books to read.

As the month came to an end I started a new book – I love that feeling of choosing something with inly a rough idea of what you are going to get between the covers and on the pages and whether it is going to draw you in. And of course it means more books ticked off the netgalley list and moved from the burgeoning bookshelves!

Happy reading in May.