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 …
When you loose one of your parents, it feels like the world has stopped turning. Especially if you have a very deep connection with that parent. I know what it’s like.
The thing you want to do most is keep something alive you both felt strong about to keep the memory alive.
A family bond is strong even if you do not see or hear each other every day and even if you do not always see eye to eye. In times of need you can count on each other and when things go wrong you can grow closer than you thought possible.
This story is packed to the rafters with emotions. It’s about relationships ending and new ones starting, about sisters narrowing their distance, about people accepting each other, about lives ending and new ones beginning. There is room for laughter and sadness, love and friendship and making decisions.
I enjoyed reading Lizzie’s story. Although it was rather sad sometimes, there was a lovely happy ending. I felt there might be some room for a sequel? I hope I am right because I would like to know more about what will happen next. It seemed like it was only the beginning. 4 stars.
Thank you, Tilly Tennant, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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