Warmest wishes to Emma Davies on the publication day for ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book – here is my review:
The climb up the hill takes her past sweet-smelling pink roses in full bloom and leads her to an utterly breathtaking view. Megan is happy to be home at last, but will her relationship have survived the journey?
It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.
She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.
As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam?
Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed?
What does TWG think?
‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is book number three in the ‘Little Cottage’ series, and to be perfectly honest with you all, I don’t think I will ever get bored with this series. Selfishly, I wish it would continue as there is just something uber special about all of the characters in this series. This time round however, newcomer, Megan, is the star of the show as she attempts to fulfil her lifelong dream whilst also being faced with a very green competitor. To others, winning the competition would be a lovely thing, but to Megan, winning the competition will set her up for the rest of her life – especially as it will enable her to halt her long distance relationship by turning it into a regular distance one.
Megan may be the star of the show, but as ever, Clara and the rest of the gang make their presence known in a way that made my toes curl with warmth. Don’t get me wrong, this book is filled with drama, shattered relationships, newfound irregular heartbeats, and copious amounts of calorific treats, yet all of that makes ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’, my most favourite book of the series so far.
It became clear to me early on in the book that the author had written this book from her heart. I mean, you can’t just google emotions like the ones conveyed in this book and expect them to come across relatable if you don’t truly believe in them. Emma Davies clearly did and that meant that I was also able to believe in the heartache, the raw emotion, the loving relationships as well. Having read the series from the very first book, my opinion of Agatha wasn’t very positive. In fact I’d go as far to say that it was highly negative. However, without giving too much away, I will hold my hands up and say that my opinion has completely changed. Funny how things change, isn’t it?
This might sound daft, but it made a nice change to see relationships at Joy’s Acre turn upside down a little bit. Obviously I don’t wish sadness upon anyone, but I couldn’t quite help feeling as though the relationships between Maddie, Trixie and co, were too good to be true. Perhaps that’s even jealously on my part having never had such a close-knit bond like that before. Either way, the fact that several of the characters ended up being at loggerheads made their bond a lot more realistic and very relatable.
Like I said above, ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is my most favourite book of the series. I felt the warmth from the authors words. I felt the hugs being transferred between the words. But, most importantly, I felt the peace fall down over Joy’s Acre. None of that would have been possible if Emma Davies hadn’t believed in her characters, her storyline, or her words.
Full of warmth, love and a constant bought of hunger, ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is beautifully written, compassionate, and a book that can hug you from the inside out. Perfection.
About the author.
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook