As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.
Home is where the heart is…
Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…
Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?
Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?
An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.
Return to Bluebell Hill is a lovely story that’s not just your typical romance story, It’s also about making amends with your past and moving on.
Jessica is a very independent women. Having left the family home that she grew up in under a bit of a cloud, she has established herself in London where she has a good job, nice apartment and her best friend Sarah.
Having to return back to her family home after the deaths of her parents, I think Jessica is very much looking forward to closing that chapter of her life. As with everything in life, things are never that simple. Seeing the house where she grows up brings a whole load of memories and emotions rushing to the surface.
Not only does Jessica not bank on the house having an emotional tug on her, seeing Esme, the lady that basically brought Jessica up from being a young child, also has a huge impact on her.
Esme is one of those wonderful mothering characters that you instantly love. She loves Jessica as if she was her own and the special bond between them is lovely to read.
Obviously in a book of this genre you can’t not have a love interest. Reuben is the handsome gardener that makes Jessica’s heart beat that little bit faster every time she’s near him.
Jessica’s family home is one that I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about. It was so easy to envision what the house looked like and the rooms. Even though it is a big house and in need of some tlc, it is one that I would love to live in myself. The house certainly seems to have a personality of it’s own that offers warmth and love.
Return to Bluebell Hill for me wasn’t your stereo typical romance novel. There is a lot more depth to the story and even though the romance aspect is there, I’m glad that it was balanced right with the rest of the things that was going on in Jessica’s life.
A wonderful story that was an enjoyable read that you find yourself being drawn into and shutting the real world out.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Return to Bluebell Hill is available to purchase from Amazon.