Thank you to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for the invitation to read and review the second book set in Cranbridge, after I enjoyed the first book, The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts last year (see my review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2020/07/17/the-village-shop-for-lonely-hearts-by-alison-sherlock-blogtour/).
Scandal hit party girl Lucy Conway needs to leave London fast, so she packs her bags and escapes to the sleepy village of Cranbridge to take care of her beloved Uncle Frank.
But the country village isn’t quite as idyllic as she remembers. To make matters worse, her Uncle’s pride and joy, The Cranbridge Times, is close to going out of business.
Editor-at-Large Tom Addison is having a crisis of confidence and needs help if the newspaper is going to survive.
With time on her hands, can Lucy work some magic and together save the family newspaper?
Over a long, hot summer, friendships are made and hearts begin to heal. And, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps Lucy and Tom can find their very own new beginning…
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It was great to spend a winter evening back in sunny Cranbridge in this second book. Having enjoyed my visit to Cranbridge last year, I’m pleased to say I enjoyed this return visit too.
Lucy may have been a city girl but her heart appears to belong to Cranbridge, where she spent many happy summers with her aunt and uncle, when her parents were too busy for her.
Tom is struggling to keep the local newspaper going, and to deal with the heartbreak in his life. When Lucy arrives to help and organise the office, its not just the newspaper that starts to feel the benefit.
This is a no spoiler review so you will need to read the book to see if Lucy can help the paper and Tom. It was lovely to meet the characters from the previous books, to see that the village shop is doing well and that the food at the pub is still as inedible as before.
Happy to recommend this book to readers looking for a virtual visit to the English countryside for an uplifting read, especially if you love books with dogs included in the story. Family, friendship, romance and a four legged friend made for an enjoyable read.
Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title was published in July 2020.
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