Having loved Part One of Emily Harvale’s new four part serialisation last month (you can read my review of The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part One: New Beginnings here.), I am delighted to be doing a review for the Part Two: Summer Secrets blog tour today. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me back. Let’s see what is happening to Mia!
“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…”
Well, the plot is definitely thickening in the second part of this book and the pace is fast and furious with developments – some of them very unexpected!
Mia is struggling with trying to find out more about her mysterious Aunt Matilda who has left her the cottage. despite having lived in Little Pondale for 25 years and being very involved in the local community, no one seems to know much about Mattie herself and we are all left wondering why she was so mysterious, and why she was so estranged from her family that Mia had never met her. I have been left very curious as to what Mattie’s story is and can’t wait to read on to find out more.
On the romantic front, Mia’s love life takes a dramatic upswing but things move quickly in a direction I was not expecting and I have adjusted my expectations about where this is going quite drastically, so that is some clever plotting by Emily and I am intrigued but uncertain as to whether I have guessed correctly as to how things might develop. She has laid a lot of clues and hints about what might be coming, but I am not sure which are red herrings and which might be the true pointers, which is a great way to make us eager to keep reading. The characters are also revealing more about themselves in different ways, and my opinion of the main players is subtley shifting all the time; it is very well done in this regard.
Village life also hots up in this instalment, with a raft of events that give opportunities to move the plot along, not least the infamous and eagerly anticipated Midsummer’s Eve naked swim in Frog Pond. My one minor whinge about this book would be that we didn’t get enough juicy details and images from this because of the perspective the book is written from – you are a spoilsport, Emily Harvale!
Despite all the fun and frolics and deepening relationships, someone still seems to be trying to get rid of Mia and her friends from the village though. Is it the curse? Or is it because of the inheritance? I still have my suspicions, but they have altered slightly since book one and I can’t wait to get into Part Three to see if there are any more clues revealed. I will be reviewing Part Three: Autumn Leaves here on 12 August, so check back then to see if this series continues to be a great read. So far, so fabulous!
The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Two: Summer Secrets is out now and you can buy a copy here. Part Three: Autumn Leaves is out on 10 July and you can pre-order a copy here. Who fancies a quick preview of what is to come? I just love the cover of this one.
“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 equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.
But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.
Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.
But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?”
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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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