Regular readers of the blog will know I have been loving Emily Harvale’s new four part serialisation, The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane (you can read my reviews of Part One: New Beginnings here and Part Two: Summer Secrets here.) So I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Part Three: Autumn Leaves today. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me back.
“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?”
The weather may be cooling down in Little Pondale as the seasons change but events are hotting up! After their readings by the fortune teller at the summer fayre, everyone seems to be on edge and reluctant to reveal what she predicted for them, especially as a lot of the predictions start to come true – it has really stirred up a hornet’s nest in the little community. I love how spooked everyone is by the prophecies, it really fits in with the small community mentality. There is a lovely innocence and naivety in the scenario which is very appealing.
This series continues to be enchanting as Mia makes new friends and overcomes some of her fears as the year moves from summer to autumn. Her love life is not going as smoothly and at times I got quite frustrated with her as she struggles to admit her true feelings to herself, as well as those around her, but that is part of the fun of the book, watching the characters going wrong and wondering how they are going to put things right! There are lots of exciting revelations to keep the book moving forwards but still enough unanswered questions to make you impatient for the next instalment – my favourite kind of book that keeps you racing from page to page!
Emily continues to introduce new characters in to the story to keep things fresh, as well as developing the plots and challenges for the existing ones and I am just as invested as I was after book one. I am desperate to get to the denouement now and find out what Aunt Matilda’s big secret is – especially after the revelations in this latest instalment – and we still haven’t found out who is behind the unpleasant pranks that keep being played on Mia and I have to say I am none the wiser! There is also the big will they, won’t they on the romance front to be decided, so lots to look forward to in the final part.
This series continues to exceed my expectations and I am really enjoying it and as eager for the final book, if not more so, than I was in the beginning. Keep up the good work, Emily, I am desperate to find out how it all ends. Happily I hope!
The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Three: Autumn Leaves is out now and you can buy a copy here. Part Four: Trick or Treat is also available and you can order a copy here. I will be reviewing the final part here on the blog on 26 August. Let’s have a sneak peek at it. This might be my favourite cover – the black cat in the corner looks like my cat, Barney!
“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.
But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.
And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust?
As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?”
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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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