A page-turning new cosy novel in the bestselling Love Heart Lane series – perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson!
Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.
When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!
Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…
Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?
And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.
Everything looks on the up for Allie and her boyfriend Rory. They are very much in love and Rory’s parents have given them a cottage that they will be able to make their own. Sadly, the prospect of their own home has the pair feeling torn.
Firstly, I have to say I was so envious of Rory being given Clover Cottage. Yes, it is somewhere that is going to need a lot of work but as a person who loves Grand Designs and similar programmes, like Allie, I could really see the potential in the place. Who doesn’t love a good fixer upper? My imagination was going into over drive and it wasn’t even mine!
Secondly, this is a reminder of how well do we really know our loved ones. We all have hopes and dreams and sometimes it takes something quite big to push us into going for what we want. I wasn’t sure whether Rory was being selfish or not by putting his own dreams before Allie’s. It had me torn and there is a real sense of a ‘will they, won’t they’ vibe going on as to whether this particular relationship will withstand what both these characters want.
Clover Cottage has so much going on that I was instantly transported to Heartcross and the lives of the characters. What a fabulous community to be part of. The back story of Rory’s parents was particularly touching and made for quite an emotional read in parts. I loved how the author keeps her readers on their toes with the romance aspect but over all it is way more than a romance novel. Friendship and community play a big part and this books is filled to the brim. A heartfelt and warming story that stole my head and heart.
My thanks to NetGalley, One More Chapter and Rachel’s Random Reads for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Christie Barlow is the international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.
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