Many thanks to Rachel and Hera Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Victoria Walters’ brand new book, and for the ARC. It gives me great pleasure to host today’s stop on the tour with a review:
What does TWG think?
I’m sorry to say this straight away, but Greg is a a twonk!!!! Yes, yes, he has issues. Yes, yes, he ended up losing nearly everything because of his own bad choices. But geezus! I didnt like him at all! He got my back up from the very beginning and I’m afraid to say that that opinion lasted until the very end of the book.
Right, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…..
OMG.WHAT.A.BOOK!!!!!!! I really think that this novel has ‘movie’ written ALL over it! You know when you’re in a rubbish mood and all you want to do is curl up with heartwarming, romantic movie that makes you laugh right from the bottom of your gut? Victoria Walters’ book was all of that and more. It had serious topics entwined with humour. 1354643 calories entwined with morning sickness. Hot vicars entwined with the entire female population of the village. It had strong friendships entwined with fractured families. Honestly, I dont think I could have wanted for more (apart from the cake, obviously).
It was such a joy to be back at Glendale Hall, and I really do hope there is more to come from the quaint little village. I would be devastated if there wasnt!
Emily is such a relatable character, and I felt myself instantly drawn to her personality – a bit like Beth’s actually. There are several characters in the book which I feel deserve their own time in the spotlight aside from the two I have just mentioned, and that’s Molly, Aunt Sally, Brodie and Caroline. Dont get me wrong, Caroline is very marmite, however she did something so moving for Emily, I couldnt help but be proud of her and the family. They have all come such a long way and its been such an interesting journey to be a part of.
‘New Beginnings at Glendale Hall’ should come with a warning; BEWARE! MAY MAKE YOU HUNGRY.
I hadn’t tried half the stuff that was mentioned in the book yet I would have easily demolished all of the cakes if they had been put in front of me! Seriously! This novel isnt just delectable because of the cosy vibe and genuine characters, no, it’s also delectable because of the amount of cakes, bread and other sweet treats that made their way onto the paper! And anyway, what happened to good old bakers these days? It really isnt the same walking into Tesco to pick up an iced finger or a fresh loaf of bread!
Victoria Walters has such a enchanting way of bringing her stories and characters to life, whilst managing to keep her readers involved for the duration. Her attention to detail is second to none, and the way in which she created a story that’s heartwarming, humorous, relatable, AND emotive, is really inspiring.
I adored everything about this book (apart from Greg), but most importantly I loved being able to feel as though I had come back home whilst i was reading the book. That feeling cannot be bought and can only be created by authors who write from their heart and soul, exactly like Victoria Walters. A movie company would be a fool not to snap this up!