Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?
Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…
Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.
As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…
Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?
No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…
An absolutely perfect feel good romance for readers who adore Jenny Colgan, LucyDiamond and Debbie Johnson.
It was so great to be back in Hope Corner again. There is something about this fabulous setting that just transports you away from real life to this idyllic location. Even though I am not a fan of bees, I so enjoyed finding out more about them through Grace. Though don’t worry, bee’s are only a very small part of the story.
Amos I was drawn to as soon as we meet him. He has an air of mystery and I was dying to find out his history. He seems to have a habit of turning up just at the right time and for Flora and her family as well as Grace, it certainly couldn’t be anymore perfect.
Grace I loved getting to know better. She has a lot going on in her personal life and has some serious decisions to make. She takes things in her stride though and her friendship with Flora, Ned and his parents is a great comfort.
The Beekeeper’s Cottage is such a gentle read that totally absorbs you. There is so much to love about this novel, from the wonderful setting, to the characters and all thanks to the fabulous writing style of the author. You really feel a connection with this place as well as the characters and have to say that this is one book that even if it had 1000 pages, it would never be enough as I could easily keep on reading about the residents and life there. The perfect book to read anytime full of friendship and hope.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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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