Always By Your Side by Julie Haworth

When school teacher Rose loses her dream job at a London primary school, her self-confidence takes a knock. Worse still, her stockbroker fiancé, Ollie, sees it as the perfect opportunity for her to join his firm, which only adds to the feelings Rose has that their relationship might be coming to an end.
An unexpected phone call, and an elderly aunt who’s taken a fall, means Rose must drop everything – including Ollie – and return to Blossom Heath, the Sussex village she grew up in.
With no job to rush home to, Rose decides to stay in Blossom Heath for the Summer, trading London for the idyllic countryside. Here Rose finds herself reconnecting to the village life of her childhood in more ways than one, including falling head-over-heels for local farmer, Jake.
So when her London life comes calling, Rose is faced with an impossible choice… to return to the high-pressure life of her past, or embrace the joy of a new life in the country.

My thoughts:

Thank you to Sara-Jade Virtue of Simon and Schuster UK for a digital copy of this debut novel by Julie Haworth to read and review. The ebook was published earlier this month and is currently 99p on the kindle

This was the perfect book to relax with on an extremely hot and sunny Sunday in the UK. Rose is at a crossroads in her life and finds herself heading out of London to help her great aunt Jean. Rose also finds herself helping the local community in unexpected ways and needs to decide whether she will return to London or stay in Blossom Heath.

I loved how the story of the dogs was woven into this story. As a dog adopter, I love it when a dog (or 3) become a central part of the story. Dogs quickly become part of the family and Scout helps Rose adjust to the change of pace of life and to meet new friends.

A lovely uplifting book from a debut author that I look forward to reading more from in the future. A five star read for me.

Author Bio:

Julie Haworth writes uplifting stories about friendship and community, bursting with romance and charm, from her home in the bustling city of Chelmsford, Essex. Her debut novel, Always By Your Side, is being published by Simon & Schuster in August 2022. Julie is still pinching herself that she’s realised her lifelong dream of becoming a published author!

When she’s not busy writing or running her copywriting business, Julie can mainly be found shopping, drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee and hanging out with her two rescue cats. Julie is also a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.

Julie loves to chat with her readers and you can find her on Twitter @jhaworthauthor or over on Instagram @juliehaworthauthor


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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