The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant
The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t?
When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life Dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.
Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …
If your heart is warmed by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll fall in love with this beautiful feel-good story about finding love when you least expect it.
Tilly Tennant is one of my favourite authors so I don’t know how The Mill on Magnolia Lane passed me by. So, when I found it sitting in my TBR I was so happy because I just knew I would be in for a treat.
Lizzie Lovall had always admired the mill on Magnolia Lane when she drove past with her dad. They conjured up plans of how they would buy and restore it, but sadly their ideas never came to fruition. Lizzie’s dad died leaving her steeped in grief and having no idea where her life was going. Until she decides to buy the mill, on her own, and start to rebuild it.
Living alone in a caravan, next to a run down windmill, seemed like a good idea at first, but soon Lizzie’s life gets far more complicated. She meets a gorgeous architect called Jude, but his ex-girlfriend Harriet is still on the scene and Lizzie can’t understand why. With complicated family problems arising and finances stretched to the limit, Lizzie wonders if her decision was the right one.
This was just the escapism I needed. There is the perfect balance of heartwarming moments and emotional issues, with characters who are diverse and relatable. The story is about rebuilding, not just the mill, but also life after loss, relationships, friendship, and family. A really enjoyable read.
Thank you to Bookouture (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.