Love Heart Lane
Welcome to Love Heart Lane…
When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.
When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…
I absolutely LOVED this book! It is such a heart-warming love story, but isn’t without it’s drama and heart-break.
Felicity (AKA Flick) is a very likeable, but conflicted, character. When we meet her she is living in London, but is not exactly loving life in the capital any more. When she receives news that her beloved Grandmother has passed away, she takes immediate leave from her job (which she is loving less and less as time goes on) and jumps on a flight home to Scotland. She has no idea how the village are going to react to her return, but she is worried about one person in particular. We realise that Fergus is an ex and that Flick moved to London quite hastily some years previous, but we’re not sure why for quite a lot of the book. This intrigued me immensely and certainly adds suspense to the story. I found Fergus’ reaction to her return totally believable considering the manner in which she left and the fact that she had made no attempt to stay in touch for such a long time. I also found Flick’s reaction to the fact that Fergus moved on very believable too. It’s funny how some people can be so jealous of others moving on even when circumstances have given them little choice but to do so. It’s human nature to want what we want, when we want it, but life is rarely that simple. However, I loved Flick’s friendship with Esme and how she managed to change her outlook on life without even trying. Grief is complicated and none of us know how we would react in certain situations unless we have experienced them. Flick has obviously been consumed by her grief for a long time, but Esme opens her eyes to a more positive future. I know this all sounds quite vague, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out what I’m talking about! (If you haven’t already).
I loved how her closest friends just welcomed Flick back without question (even though one of them wasn’t going to make it too easy initially!). The best of friends are just like that. Time and distance makes no odds to true friendship.
I loved the setting and the inspiring community spirit shared amongst the residents of Heartcross.
I pretty much loved all of the characters to be honest.
I loved the whole things from start to finish and I am SO looking forward to catching up with them all again in the next book.
Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via Netgalley.
Author Bio –
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
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