Blog Tour: 'Willow Cottage - Sunshine and Secrets' by Bella Osborne!
Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
Not too long ago I had the pleasure of reading Bella Osborne's 'A Family Holiday'; a thoroughly enjoyable and simply wonderful read which I gave 10 out of 10 spoonfuls (click here to read my review)! To my surprise, Bella already has her next release ready for us in the form of a new four-part e-book series titled 'Willow Cottage', and I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for the first instalment, 'Sunshine and Secrets' (which will be released by Avon on July 7th), today! I've had some good experiences with four-part e-book series (I'm a big fan of Cathy Bramley!), so I definitely had high hopes for this new one!
Sometimes you simply need an escape from your life, to start over, and that is exactly the case for Beth. Together with her young son Leo she has run away to the small Cotswold village of Dumbleford where she has bought a cottage via auction, ready to build up a new life for the two of them. However, Beth gets quite a shock when she first visits Willow Cottage, which turns out to be more of a renovation project than she initially thought. The inhabitants of the village also appear to be a peculiar group of people at first sight, but Beth is not afraid to take on a challenge and decides to go ahead and just make the best of it...
'Sunshine and Secrets' is the first part of Bella Osborne's new e-book series 'Willow Cottage', which consists of four separate instalments, and it's a promising start! This is quite a quick read, with ten relatively short chapters, in which the characters and the setting are introduced to the reader. The story is told from the perspectives of main character Beth and her best friend Carly, and I already like both characters and am curious to find out what is going to happen to them, particularly how Beth will fit in in the small town of Dumbleford.
I love the familiar plotline of this new story (it's a golden classic that always works well in my opinion) and I really enjoyed the rural atmosphere. I have to admit that so far I'm not as swept away by the story as I was with 'A Family Holiday', where I immediately really warmed to the characters and I didn't want to put the book down. However, it is definitely a promising start and I'm really curious to see what is going to happen next and how the story is going to develop. 'Sunshine and Secrets' is a charming start to this new light-hearted and fun e-book series by author Bella Osborne and you can definitely count me in for part two!