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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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