Next up on the blog today is my review of ‘Part Two’ of Bella Osborne’s latest serial, Ottercombe Bay – Gin & Trouble. Huge thanks to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Escape to the Devon coast, with Part Two of a brand-new four-part serial from the author of Willow Cottage.
Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?
What does TWG think?
Can I just start by saying that I wholeheartedly recommend that you DO read the Ottercombe Bay series in order, as you WILL miss vital pieces of information if you just start the series from book two. I even went out and bought book one before I started this one, just so I had a bit more background about the characters. Plus, you can’t really blame an author for the fact you didn’t understand the book, if you didn’t read them in order now, can you?
Each part of the serial are short and sweet, so I will keep this vague as to not give anything away! Part Two of the Ottercombe Bay series was such a joy to read, making me giggle more times than I probably should admit. In such a short space of time I was able to relate to a certain character, as well as form a not so lively opinion of another one. I certainly am impressed by the authors writing style for allowing me to do that.
I have to say that, whilst the theme of inheritances within storylines are very popular at the moment, veering on becoming ‘over done’, Bella Osborne didn’t shove the theme down my neck like previous books I have read. In fact, the author highlighted the general consensus of the book, yet paved way for the characters to make the storyline their own, keeping the inheritance issue in the background instead of being the be all and end all. Personally, I appreciated that solely because of how many books said theme has featured in recently. I am SO glad that the author has done it differently, it really did make all of the difference to my overall opinion on Part Two.
I am really looking forward to Part Three and seeing what is next in store for Daisy, and Great Uncle Reg’s memories. Daisy is such a fun character to read about, that’s for sure!
A joy to read and, seeing as this part ended with me dropping my jaw down the floor, Part Three is going to be an absolute corker! I just need to find the patience to wait for the third instalment!!