The Little Barn of Dreams by Lucy Knott

Thank you to Aria Books for a digital review copy via NetGalley. I’m sharing a mini review today of this lovely book published recently.


Can two dreamers find love in the real world?

When quirky bookworm Florence Danver loses her job, she knows it’s time to make some serious changes. Nanna Margot encourages Flo to spend a week at Camp Calla Lily, where she hasn’t been since she lost her parents. Her return is filled with bittersweet memories… until she meets Jo Hadlee.

Soon enough, Flo and fellow dreamer Jo are inseparable as they connect over books and build castles in the air. But when Jo leaves suddenly for his job in London, the fantasy bubble bursts and real-life comes roaring back in.

For Florence to turn her fairy-tale summer into a happily-ever-after, she’ll have to dive head-first into real life and all its chaos.

My thoughts:

After reading some harrowing historical fiction books, I needed to escape into a feel good book and this was an excellent choice.

Flo is a daydreamer, who escapes into fairytale worlds and shuns the modern world. She doesn’t have a mobile phone or understand social media but she can conjure up dragons and knights in her imagination. However this is getting in the way of her living her best life and stopping her from facing up to the past.

I loved how the friendship between Jo and Flo developed, as they shared their love of books, writing and dreams. The new friendship isn’t without difficulties, but I enjoyed watching this relationship evolve, and seeing how Flo and Jo worked out what was important to them.

Another lovely book by Lucy Knott I’m happy to recommend. I also need to find my childhood copies of Little Women and Jo’s Boys after being inspired to read them again.

There is a blog tour for Lucy’s book next week – please look out for the reviews.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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