We all need a bit of hope sometimes, and who better to bring us that than Emma Davies and ‘The House at Hope Corner’. I am delighted to be reviewing Emma’s new book for my stop on the blog tour today, many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC.
The view across the valley takes her breath away; everywhere she looks tiny patches of colour – ochre, chestnut, lime and purple. The farmhouse behind her glows pink in the morning sun. It’s like stepping into a postcard, except that this magical place is real. It’s her new home.
With her beloved shop in danger of shutting down, meeting Ned, a gorgeous farmer with an irresistible twinkle in his eye, couldn’t have come at a better moment for free-spirited florist, Flora Dunbar. But no one is more surprised than her when their whirlwind romance leads to the offer of a new life on Ned’s farm.
Arriving at Hope Corner, Flora sets about becoming the perfect farmer’s wife, but her creative, alternative thinking falls flat in a household built on tradition and strict routine. Even Ned is becoming more distant by the day…
Pulling up her signature striped socks and throwing herself into her chores, little by little Flora learns to love the order and patterns of life on the land. But the more she learns about her new home, the more she suspects it’s under threat, and worse, that Ned is hiding a heartbreaking secret from her.
But this time, Flora’s not going to run from her problems.
Do Ned and his family trust her enough to let her stay and fight for love and the first house she’s ever truly called home? Does she trust herself?
What does TWG think?
Let me get this out the way first – I wasn’t feeling hopeful about the story at first. I found Flora to be a little bit of a doormat, and Ned got on my nerves. I mean, stand up for your fiance for goodness sake!
Then, all of a sudden, the storyline seemed to click and the characters seemed to have a bit of a personality change! So, despite my unhopeful opinion at the beginning, I ended up absolutely adoring ‘The House at Hope Corner’, especially Flora and Ned’s dad. He really wasn’t a character who I thought i would end up liking due to the way he came across in the first few chapters. However after reading the rest of the book, good ol’ Ferg actually became one of my favourites.
I loved the ‘be who you want to be, don’t change for anyone’ premise, it is such an important message for people to keep in mind. Easier said than done, of course, but it did give me that hope that, not actually being like anyone else, is such a good thing because you’re being true to yourself. I thought that Flora brought that message home brilliantly, and as someone with extremely low confidence and not one who fits in, that message resonated with me deep within. I guess I became quite emotional by it all.
Having fallen head over heels with ‘The House at Hope Corner’ and being hugged by characters like Grace, I feel bad that my opinion of the book wasn’t so great at the start. There was clearly a lot more to the storyline and the characters that met the eye – I understand that now.
I finished Emma Davies book with a ginormous smile on my face abd bucketfuls of hope in my heart. This really is a book which kept on giving.
A heartwarming, joyful, thought provoking read which made me want to spread my wings like the butterfly I am.
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.