Would like to apologise for the fact that my review is a day late. So very sorry! I am delighted to be sharing my review of Part 4 in Bella Osborne’s ‘Ottercombe Bay’ series. Huge thanks to Avon Books for the ARC and the tour invite.
Escape to the Devon coast, with Part Four 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?
As I am sure you’re all aware of by now, this is the fourth instalment of a four-part serial, so therefore it would be beneficial to yourself if you read the previous three parts before you read this one, otherwise it won’t make sense and you’ll be lucking out on how Daisy got to where she is now.
Having being left dangling at the end of part three, I couldn’t wait to get stuck into ‘Shaken and Stirred’ to find out what happened with Daisy and the boat. Was it as iffy as her gut instinct said? Or was Daisy being far too naive and letting yet another man dupe her?
I’ve probably said this in every review I’ve written of the serial so far, BUT, hand on heart, I really feel as though the fourth novella is the best one of all four. Don’t get me wrong it’s also bittersweet because I knew the end was nigh, but I felt that Daisy finally came into her own rather than hiding behind her past mistakes and family history. We really have seen Daisy blossom from part one until now, literally like a flower (no pun intended). Tamsyn is as hilarious as ever, but just like Daisy, she has also grown as the story went on.
I loved how intense the concluding part of the story was as it allowed the storyline to take on a different sort of depth, without overshadowing Daisy’s time in Ottercombe Bay. The fact that there was a mix of everything in this book, really did make for such an enjoyable read and left me with a huge smile on my face.
I am sad that this serial has come to an end, but I am so looking forward to reading the series in its entirety when the full collection comes out at a later date.