The Village Inn of Secret Dreams by Alison Sherlock

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the invitation to join the blog tour for the third book in the series set in Cranbridge.

To see my reviews for the earlier books in the series, please visit and


After escaping her parents’ unhappy marriage to sleepy Cranbridge a long time ago, Belle Clarke dreams of staying at The Black Swan Inn forever.

But with the rundown Inn threatened with closure, Belle may be forced to leave, unless a buyer can be found … quickly.

So, when her oldest friend Pete Kennedy returns from working abroad with a plan to save the Inn, Belle should be overjoyed. The trouble is, Pete has some rather radical ideas for the renovation which Belle disagrees with.

But when a snow storm hits, Belle and Pete are forced to put aside their differences and work together to help the village.

Can Belle realise her dreams to stay in Cranbridge and can Pete ever stop running from his past?

As they try to save The Black Swan Inn, secrets are revealed and just maybe they’ll finally find out how they really feel about each other.

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My thoughts:

I’m pleased to say that I loved my return visit to Cranbridge. Alison Sherlock starts the story with a special day for Josh and Amber, the main characters in the first book, The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts.

However this story has Belle from The Black Swan (or The Mucky Duck) pub and Josh’s brother Pete at the heart of it. We’ve met Belle in the previous books, the niece of the owners of the pub, who has formed a good friendship with Amber, Lucy and Molly, and works behind the bar of the pub.

Pete returns from Singapore, looking for a job in finance in London, before events and a glass or two too many of fruit punch change the course of his life.

This is a lovely uplifting story, full of friendship, community spirit and relationships. You don’t need to read the rest of the series to enjoy this book, but I’m happy to recommend them. I hope you will be tempted to visit Cranbridge too.

Author Bio:

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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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. Adopter of dogs.

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