Friday, May 31, 2019

Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies

3.5 Star

It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam. 

She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever. 

As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam? 

Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed? 

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

I read this novel a little while ago so am writing my review without the benefit of it being freshly on my mind- not recommended as the details are a bit fuzzy.  However, sometimes it actually just helps you to remember how you felt about the story overall rather than being picky about little things.  

For starters I remember being fascinated by the blacksmith trade and the running of the big house more than the characters and their inter-minglings.  This is likely due to the fact that this is book three of the same series and I may have missed some of the details of the people running the house.   
I remember thinking that I needed to seek out the first two books to really get into the series.   It can certainly stand alone but I did feel that I was missing a certain level of feeling for them.  

The personalities are all warm and lovely though and I was rooting for them all to succeed in their various pursuits.   I felt a bit lacklustre about the romances, but truly that's ok with me as the friendships and the depth of the ventures kept me entertained.

The were a number of storylines to keep me entertained and I felt very much engrossed with the plot and hopeful for all those involved.  I also found myself very visually aware of the setting which I always appreciated!  Definitely interested in the other novels in the series. 

Thank you to Bookouture for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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