This week I read the fun “The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane” by Emily Harvale. You may remember this title from one of my post, when I helped out in a cover release.
Do you remember this beautiful and colorful cover?
If the name still sounds as intriguing to you as it did to me, read the blurb to find out more before I get to my review.
Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.
She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.
But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.
It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….
Publication Date: 10th May
You can order it on Amazon, and go read it, even without reading my review. If you are curious, just go read it.
After finishing the book I immediately wanted to go read the second book, especially after seeing how colorful that cover is too.
And here is the blurb of the 2nd book:
Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.
Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.
Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.
When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.
As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…
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As I was reading the book I found myself getting really into the story. I started feeling a connection with Mia, Ella and even with Garrick, a friendship of some kind. And being from a small town, with other small towns around, close to the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by forest (or at least it used to be forest before the fire) and even fields from people that still plant their vegetables… I have to say that I love the village of Little Pondale.
The village has that feel that I can relate to. The feeling of going to the small grocery shop down the road and knowing almost everyone. Or going for a walk and people say “Hello”. Or people remembering your name of knowing who’s your grandma. And I loved that feel while I read the book.
I loved that Hettie, the noisy neighbor, was all talkative right from the start and that Ella was a breath of fresh air in contrast to Mia’s soft approach. And it certainly made me laugh at how many amazing character there are, and okay, how many single men there are in the village. I was almost like “Can I go there? Maybe I can find Mr. Perfect-For-Me.“
All jokes aside, Emily transported me to Little Pondale and it made me never want to leave. It was the kind of book that will capture your heart, make you laugh and just imagine how life in that village is and all the picturesque feel to it.
Behind all that light storytelling, you still have questions. Questions about aunt Mattie and that side of the family. About every person in village, especially after meeting Hettie. And all those elements just makes you want to read the next chapter, and the next chapter, and the next chapter, until you get to the end and then have to get the 2nd book.
That’s what happened to me and I loved it!
Do I recommend the book? Of course I do!
So thank you Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be a part of this blog tour, and Emily Harvale for the amazing book. Can’t wait to read the next one.
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