Thirty-two-year-old ‘ice queen’ Isobel slams the cottage door and pulls the curtains shut. She has just six weeks to practise for a secret project that could save her career and no one must know she is here.
When Tom, the local thatcher with eyes as blue and deep as the ocean, hears the sound of her violin on the breeze he feels a tug at his heart-strings that reminds him of happier times. Who is this mysterious new lodger, and why does she look so familiar?
Desperate to find out more, Tom is devastated when Isobel refuses to enjoy everything the farm has to offer. He won’t give in, but just when it looks like Isobel is coming out of her shell, someone recognises her and the troubles from her past threaten to take away everything she has been working towards.
Will the lessons Isobel learned at the little cottage help her to stand up and face the music? Will Tom ever find a way to unlock the emotion she needs to move on?
If you loved the heart-warming romance in novels by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson, you’ll adore this gorgeous, feel-good story about letting love in.
4.25 Lovely Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25
It was so lovely to return to the little cottage on the hill, in this second book in this delightful series…. I enjoyed this book even more than the first… loved revisiting all these characters and had many awwwww moments…
Isabel is the first guest at Joy’s Acre… she is there to get away and work on a top-secret project, she has no desire to socialize and be sucked in by the beauty of the place… Isabel was not terribly likeable at the beginning of this book… but you just knew this cast of quirky characters, these lovely gardens and the wonderful food would thaw her frozen heart… Tom was even more charming in this book than the previous… even though he may drink a little too much and is a bit of a player, deep down he is such a good guy… and that really came out in this book…. I really wanted this relationship to work out with Isabel and him… his feelings for her came through so well on these pages… on a personal note I absolutely love the part in this book about Peter and the Wolf… not a big classical music person, but I had that record (yes a record… a vinyl record, I am so dating myself here) and when they brought this up it brought back all the sounds of all the characters on that amazing record….
Along with the slow burning romance between Isabel and Tom, we are treated to all the wonderful characters from the first book…. Claire‘s gardens sounded so beautiful and Trixie’s food sounded so delicious…. now I want to go visit even more than I did after reading the first book… Love all these characters and how there they are for one another, it was quite endearing… quite simply this is the perfect summer time read…
Absolutely recommend to fans of a book filled with love, wonderful characters, and a beautiful setting🌸
*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this lovely book ***
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
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