I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to the publisher for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
One crumbling cottage. One broken heart. A chance to start over?
When Annie returns to Thorndale, the village where she spent much of her childhood, she’s looking for a new start. All she wants to do is fix up the cottage her godmother left her, and fix up her broken heart.
When she clashes with local hero, Jon, Annie can’t help but wonder if coming back to Thorndale was a mistake. The village has clearly changed and the last thing she needs is more drama. But avoiding the distractingly handsome Jon is proving impossible, especially when Thorndale seems to be conspiring to throw them together…
Annie is looking for a fresh start with zero romance – but what if the only way to learn to trust again is to take a risk on love?
The weather has been really miserable where I live this week. I was actually forced, by all the wimps who love in my house with me, to turn the heating on last weekend in violation of my no-heating-until-October rule. Damp and miserable and definitely the death of summer.
However, I managed to salvage a little of that lazy, sweet summer feeling by diving into this lovely, gentle book by Suzanne Snow. Perfect for relaxing into, like dozing a softly swinging hammock under a shady tree on a hot, August afternoon, there could not be a more pleasant way to lose yourself for a few hours.
The book introduces us to Annie, a young woman who has recently been deeply hurt by the person whom she believed she was destined to be with forever. She retreats to her godmother’s cottage, left to her in her will, to lick her wounds far away from her old life, hoping that doing up the cottage and a new job will distract her. She is wary and has no plans to engage with anyone, particularly men, but, of course, she immediately meets a random stranger who throws a romantic spanner in the works.
This may not be the most original storyline you’ve ever come across, but Suzanne’s interpretation of it, her characters, the setting and her voice are all completely her own and are beautifully done. The village of Thorndale is a place to fall in love with in itself, you will easily be able to imagine yourself there and getting sucked in to its welcoming and idyllic community. The supporting cast introduced to drive the main story along are all delightful and necessary, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them all.
Annie was a very believable protagonist, I bought in to her pain and reluctance very easily, and felt her dilemma in wanting to avoid further heartbreak by fighting her attracting to Jon. Their romance is not especially dynamic, but reads realistically and, as such, worked well to keep me interested. If I had one small niggle about the book, it was that Jon seemed a tiny bit TOO good to be true. He is absolutely a superman, being all things to everyone in the village, helping out everywhere at once. A couple of more obvious flaws might have made him a little more interesting to me, but my complaint wasn’t enough to prevent me reading this book in a little over 24 hours and feeling a sense of pleasure and satisfaction in having done so.
The Cottage of New Beginnings is a charming read that will transport you back to the glorious summer days and the magic of instant attraction. Parts of it reminded me of those long ago days when I first met The Irishman, the excitement of seeing him and getting to know someone new. The author managed to capture this sensation really well, and I really loved the nostalgic feeling the book gave me. A better way to relive those heady days than the drastic alternative of ditching a long-term relationship in favour of a new one! Highly recommended.
The Cottage of New Beginnings is out now and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
Suzanne lives in Lancashire with her family and loves to read. Amongst her favourite books are historical crime fiction and writers’ biographies. Suzanne enjoys cooking, walking, especially in the Lake District, and developing and planting gardens. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.
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