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Having heard great things about author Julie Houston and her books, I was very eager to get my hands on this one. The Blurb promised relationships, family, and secrets.

The book started off well with Charlie bring thrown out by a woman who turned out to be the wife of her boyfriend. So with 5 bin bags of her belongings, she had to leave London and go back home.

Great grandmother Madge then shared with them about a secret property, and Charlie was made the supervisor of its renovation. In the entire process, the truth about Madge’s past was soon revealed.

To begin with, I wasn’t really blown away by the characters or their dialogues. They tried too hard to be quirky. The whole book neither felt addictive nor humorous as told in the title.

I loved great grandmother Madge, she was way too strong and her romance was more interesting than Charlie’s. I enjoyed reading her parts than the rest of the book.

Overall a good read…

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Aria Fiction, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Have you read any books by Julie Houston? Which is your favorite?

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic, is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

Publication Date: 5th February 2019

Publisher: Aria

34 Responses

  1. Nice, honest review Shalini. It is hard when you are expecting humour and quirkiness and it just doesn’t quite meet the expectations. Glad it was at least a decent read for you.

      1. I have read books where I was expecting good things based on other books by the author and they struck out for me, then the next one was wonderful. I hope that is all this is. I have a couple of her books on my kindle, but have not read them yet. I will have to see what I think.

        1. Yes… I have it on good sources that her other books are warm and humorous. Planning to pick some up during the amazon sale, if we ever get a Kindle sale

  2. Sounds like it could have been a promising read, but alas it fell short. Loved your succinct review, Shalini. 😃 Sorry you didn’t love this one. And that cover was so cute too. 😔

      1. Hi, Shalini. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate word for that review. 🥰 I’m doing pretty good, relatively speaking. I’m reading again so that’s good. ☺️
        How are you? 100% over that flu bug I hope. 🤗

  3. I have two more of her books in my queue, but after reading this one I am in no hurry. I was disappointed, but still hoping for better to come.

  4. Haven’t heard of this author before. I don’t think she writes my kind of books. I do enjoy humourous books sometimes, but this sounds like it just tries being funny…

          1. Hehehe as long as I am not your sister, or mother or grandmother, (yes I am that old)… It is all fine..
            Let’s be friends!!

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