Happy to be taking my turn on the blog tour for Part one of Emily Harvale’s new series The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane today. Part One of the four part serial is called New Beginnings. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour.
“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….”
This is part one of a four-part serialisation of Emily Harvale’s new book and, as such, it is a super quick read if you are looking for something to squeeze in to a lazy couple of hours in a sunny garden with a glass of Pimms to hand (this would be my highly recommended way of reading it!). I raced through it, largely because it is a great, fun read.
Mia stands to inherit Sunbeam Cottage on Lily Pond Lane in Little Pondale from an great-aunt she never knew existed if she lives in it for a year first. This doesn’t look like it is going to be any hardship since the cottage is gorgeous (I’d move in today, just for the attic) and backs right on to a sandy beach with sea views in the lovely village of Little Pondale that is packed to the rafters with gorgeous, single, rugby-playing bachelors. If she stays the year, she will also inherit a fortune. What a terrible burden!
So far, so preposterous but this book is so absolutely charming, cute and funny that you can forgive the stretch and suspend your disbelief enough to just sit back and enjoy the ride. We all love a bit of escapism from time to time, let’s face it. Emily then throws at us a nosy and annoying neighbour, the mystery of why Mia knew nothing about Great-Aunt Mattie but she seemed to know all about Mia and who will inherit the estate if Mia doesn’t see out the year so there is a great deal to pique the reader’s interest. Plus, did I mention the plethora of gorgeous, single rugby-playing bachelors yet? I did? Well, it bears repeating I think.
There are also hints that Little Pondale may not be quite the sleepy hamlet that Mia and her friends first assume with suggestions of paganism, curses and other shenanigans in store. A lot gets packed in to a short read.
I already have my suspicions about who the unknown beneficiary might be so I’ll be interested to see if I’m right. Roll on Part Two. Oh, look, it’s out now! Watch out for my review of that coming soon.
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About the Author
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
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