The House at Hope Corner – Emma Davies / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @EmDaviesAuthor


The view across the valley takes her breath away; everywhere she looks tiny patches of colour – ochre, chestnut, lime and purple. The farmhouse behind her glows pink in the morning sun. It’s like stepping into a postcard, except that this magical place is real. It’s her new home.

With her beloved shop in danger of shutting down, meeting Ned, a gorgeous farmer with an irresistible twinkle in his eye, couldn’t have come at a better moment for free-spirited florist, Flora Dunbar. But no one is more surprised than her when their whirlwind romance leads to the offer of a new life on Ned’s farm.

Arriving at Hope Corner, Flora sets about becoming the perfect farmer’s wife, but her creative, alternative thinking falls flat in a household built on tradition and strict routine. Even Ned is becoming more distant by the day…

Pulling up her signature striped socks and throwing herself into her chores, little by little Flora learns to love the order and patterns of life on the land. But the more she learns about her new home, the more she suspects it’s under threat, and worse, that Ned is hiding a heartbreaking secret from her.

But this time, Flora’s not going to run from her problems. Do Ned and his family trust her enough to let her stay and fight for love and the first house she’s ever truly called home? Does she trust herself?



My review

You have different kinds of feel good books. You have the really funny and lighthearted ones and you have the ones with a deeper meaning. This book belongs to the latter category and in my opinion the cover already reflects that. That is certainly not a bad thing. It prepares you more or less for what is to come, but they both have the lovely happy ending everybody is waiting for.

It’s good to have a certain system, a certain ritual even, but sometimes you have to try and take a look from the outside in and realize it’s time for a change. I admit that is not very easy to do and it might take a third party to show you the ropes.

Even when things are bad there is a way out. You just have to keep looking at the problem from every angle and even make a u-turn.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way is a lesson I learned here. Never give up!

This is a story about turning your life upside down and undoing some of the (wrong) decisions you took in the past. When you love something or someone enough, you will pull through.

Thank you, Emma Davies, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

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