It’s here at last, the final part of Emily Harvale’s latest four part serialisation, The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Four: Trick or Treat. You can read my reviews of Part One: New Beginnings, Part Two: Summer Secrets and Part Three: Autumn Leaves by following the links. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and to Emily for allowing me to complete my journey with this book by having me back on the tour. I have reviewed my copy of the book honestly and impartially.
“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?”
I was very excited to reach the final part of Emily’s enchanting series, given how much I have enjoyed the previous parts and it did not disappoint at all.
Mia seems to have grown a pair in this final instalment, which I was very glad to see, and finally takes her love life in her own and hands and goes all out to grab what she wants.
We find out all of Aunt Mattie’s secrets at last with the aid of dashing newcomer to the book, Gill, who turns out to be a lovely character and suitable foil for Mia’s friend Ella.
Hettie gets her happy ending, as does Mia’s Mum Lori whose relationship with her hot cowboy tomboy is flourishing – heartening news for those middle-aged singletons who like to see a book that reflects the fact life is not over after 30.
The mystery of who has been sending the threatening messages and trying to drum Mia out of the village is solved and we find out who is to inherit under the codicil. Then it’s ciders all round at the happy conclusion of all the angst, broken hearts, mysteries and mayhem, just as you’d expect in a book of this kind and it is none the worse for it.
This part is a delightful as everything that has gone before and the ending is fun and surprising. The good guys get happy endings, the bad guys get their just desserts and the reader gets a sweet and satisfying conclusion to a lovely, warm series. I only wish the village I lived in was as lively as Little Pondale! I’ve really enjoyed this series and look forward to more from Emily.
The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Four: Trick or Treat is out now and you can buy a copy here. I think I am also allowed to mention the exciting news that Christmas on Lily Pond Lane is now available for pre-order Here and I will be reviewing this on the blog on 2 October, which will be only 84 days before Christmas!
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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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