I am delighted to be taking part today in the blog tour for Starlight Cottage by K. T. Dady. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and to the author for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.
Starlight Cottage – Anna Cooper and Jake Reynolds both live at the luxury London building, River Heights. The only difference is that Jake lives in the penthouse, and Anna lives in a tent on the roof.
When Jake finds out, he offers Anna a chance of a new life in his grandmother’s childhood home in Pepper Bay, and she decides to take the opportunity to see if she really can make a fresh start somewhere else.
The beauty of Pepper Bay, with its quaint shops, chocolate box cottages, and all of Jake’s closest friends, immediately fills Anna’s heart with nothing but love, and it isn’t just Starlight Cottage that she finds herself falling in love with.
This is the first in a new series set in the charming Pepper Bay and sets up the community and a cast of characters that I am sure are all going to get their own full stories in future editions. However, in this first book we are mainly concerned with Jake and Anna in an ‘opposites attract’ story.
Anna has had a tough life. Raised without parents, she latched on to others who don’t treat her well and finds herself homeless and living in a tent on the roof of a posh apartment building in London with only her dog for company. Jake lives in the penthouse, and meets Anna by chance, eventually figuring out where she is living and taking her under his wing, despite them being totally different in every way, from personality to circumstance.
Anna as a character was someone that my heart went out to from the beginning. She seems kind and sweet, but way too trusting and I just wanted someone to take care of her. Her most recent ex is one of the most despicable characters I have ever seen written in a book and I was desperate for him to get him comeuppance, so the author has done a great job of getting me invested in the outcome of the book from early one.
Jake was a totally different personality and I wasn’t sure about him to begin with. He didn’t seem like a good fit for Anna, and I was worried he was going to crush her further, and I suppose that this tension is what makes for a compelling story. However, the author gradually reveals hidden depths to Jake, and we see that his life hasn’t been all sunshine and roses and that he has his own problems that make him more sympathetic.
Once we leave London and arrive in Pepper Bay, I was completely sold on the charming setting and great community that the author has created there and can see how this is going to make the beginnings of a great series. This is the perfect type of cute, cosy romance that will ease you out of summer and into the darkening, cooling days of autumn and you begin to curl up on the sofa of an evening and lose yourself in a good book.
If I had to pick any faults with the book that just stop it being a five-star read, I would say that the feelings between Anna and Jake develop a little too quickly to be entirely credible, given their vastly different circumstances, so the plot requires quite a stretch on the suspension of disbelief front. There were also a couple of places where events took an inexplicable jump and I thought I had missed a page out, which made me a bit confused (although I was reading late at night sometimes so it could just be my sluggish brain!).
Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of the genre. An exciting new author to look out for.
Starlight Cottage is out now and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.
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