Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Readers for my spot on this Blog Tour.
This book was so much than its blurb, it was all heart. It showed me a family and their hurdles. Their dynamics and little skirmishes were real, I could relate to most of it.
The story revolved around Lottie, a mum to 3 children along with her husband, in laws, and her dad and best friend. It was about their journey through life where old relationships were scrutinized and revamped, and new ones were forged.
My first book by Lisa Hill, I loved the various connections that Lottie had with the others characters in this book. The relationships felt like squiggly abrasive lines at the beginning, frictional at its best, until author smoothed it all down, polishing and making them shine brighter.
Family is where the heart was, and this book showed me how Lottie and her family managed to traverse the bumps of life, learn to stand up after getting knocked down, and finding their way back. Some of them found love too.
Lisa’s writing was woven with love where the intertwining lives were shown beautifully. The characters, especially Lottie, made the book a smooth read. The emotions were aplenty, friendship and love were its core. The author brought home a beautiful fact that all the kinks in a family could be worked out if the heart was in the right place.
I received a free ARC from Tracy and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde.
Lisa writes contemporary romance with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses herself that she is ‘naturally curious’.
When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service Lisa enjoys running with her gun dog, Sparky. They are both currently training for the Stroud half-marathon although Sparky’s motivation lies much more in chasing bunny rabbits.
Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her winning the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition 2016 with her debut novel Meet Me at Number.
Lottie Hardwicke is Yorkshire’s answer to Kirstie Allsopp, but ten years spent raising her three children with husband, Drew, has relegated her to Saturday Girl status at the family estate agents. This is Lottie’s year; she’s turning over a new leaf and is going to make her time in property less of a borderline obsession and more of an actual career. Only, she hasn’t bet on her interfering in-laws returning to scupper her plans or her teenage crush, celebrity Tom Thorpe, arriving in the village and offering her the opportunity of a lifetime, which could compromise everything…
Can Lottie have it all? Can she be a hands-on mum and get her career back, without wrecking her marriage in the process?