Happy publication day to Bella Osborne and ‘Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay’! I am delighted to be sharing my review of the complete novel, thank you to RaRaResources for asking me to take part, and thank you to Avon Books for the ARC. Here is my review:
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?
Daisy Wickens has got to be one of my most favourite characters – her feistiness and sass is such fun to read as, when finding herself in sticky situations, she doesn’t let emotion or vulnerability get in the way, instead using her fiery personality to get her through whatever she has to face. Yes, sometimes it can come across a little bit arrogant, especially when the person doesn’t have all the facts, however, whilst Daisy was indeed quite similar to a raging bull sometimes, she always admitted when she was wrong. Eventually….
‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ was such a fun book to read from the onset, as Bella Osborne’s writing pulled me into the storyline like a cosy blanket on a cold day. There was just something pretty special about the way in which the author delivered her story to her readers, and the way she gave her characters their distinct voices throughout the book. In other books with a lot of characters, just like this one, it can be a bit confusing to separate one character from another, especially if they’re from the same family as they’re not often given their own minds – ‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ was completely different as every character in this story had a place and a reason to be there. At first the reason isn’t clear, but the more of the story I read, the bigger the picture became and the more answers to unknown questions I received.
Obviously I don’t wish to give anything away, so I won’t tell you the reasons behind Daisy’s homecoming to Ottercombe Bay, however, I can tell you that you may end up taking a step back and looking at the minute details of your own life, before it’s too late. I’m not saying that this book has the power to give you the answers you need to get through your own personal hurdles, but it Bella Osborne’s words certainly have enough power to make you think about the decisions you make, as well as any repercussions.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ as it was such a pleasure to read and kept me entertained from start to finish. I would have no qualms about shouting in the middle of town, that everyone needs to buy a copy of this book. No qualms at all. I cannot WAIT to read more from Bella Osborne!
About the author.
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
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