The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale (Book Review)
Today I am so excited to be taking part in the Blog Tour for The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane (Summer Secrets) by Emily Harvale. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this second installment in the series.
Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.
Mia Ward is amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia doesn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she will 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…
It was so lovely to return to the village of Little Pondale and join Mia, Ella, and Garrick for part two of The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane series, which is the Summer Secrets edition.
In the first book, Mia has inherited a cottage from her mysterious Great Aunt Matilda. Friends Ella and Garrick have come along to help Mia get settled in. In this edition, Mia is determined to find out more about Matilda. She requests help from the villagers, but Matty had been intensely private and no one knew her well.
All the previous characters are there, including Hettie the village gossip and a handful of handsome (single!!) men. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy to see Mia as a permanent fixture in the village!
As well as the mystery of Matilda the three start to build relationships which brings some romance into the story. A fortune teller warns Mia to ‘choose love wisely’ and although Mia is a non-believer, seeds of doubt creep in about the relationship she has recently started.
It’s a book to read in one sitting, the characters continue to develop well and the story flows along nicely. It’s just like returning home to a pair of fluffy slippers. I’m hoping part three will provide the hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows!). A sneaky preview can be found at the end of this review.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for providing me with a copy, which I have reviewed honestly.
If you would like to read my review of part one in this series, you will find it here
Author Bio –
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.
And here is the exciting blurb and cover for the next installment which is called The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane, Autumn Leaves.
Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Three of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.
Mia Ward is amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia doesn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She is equally astonished to discover she will only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.
But it doesn’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?