Today I hand back to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Heart in the Right Place by Lisa Hill. A big thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting us to join in and to publishers Manatee Books who supplied and advance copy for review. Here is what the book is about.
About the Book
Lottie Hardwicke is Yorkshire’s answer to Kirstie Allsopp, but ten years spent raising her three children with husband, Drew, has relegated her to Saturday Girl status at the family estate agents. This is Lottie’s year; she’s turning over a new leaf and is going to make her time in property less of a borderline obsession and more of an actual career. Only, she hasn’t bet on her interfering in-laws returning to scupper her plans or her teenage crush, celebrity Tom Thorpe, arriving in the village and offering her the opportunity of a lifetime, which could compromise everything…
Can Lottie have it all? Can she be a hands-on mum and get her career back, without wrecking her marriage in the process?
Heart in the Right Place is a charming read that will have you engaged right to the end. In it you meet Lottie Hardwick. Lottie is a mother to young children and works part time in her father in laws estate agents along with her husband Drew. Lottie has always been made to feel like she is not good enough by her mother in law, so when she finds they are moving back to live close by she is naturally filled with dread. Her widowed father Jack is also not over enamoured by Pamela and Edward so is always coming to his daughters defence. When Lottie meets her schoolgirl crush whilst selling one of the properties they manage, her problems seem to get worse.
Most of the time I liked the character of Lottie, she really wanted to make something of her career and didn’t want to just be seen as a mother to her kids as she knows that they will not always need her at home but at the same time wants to be there for them whilst they are young. There are times that she doesn’t feel appreciated by her husband and she gets very frustrated by the fact that he always seems to take the side of his parents and does not stand up for her as much as she would like. I think the only annoying characteristic she has is that at times she seems to want to organise everyone and everything even though she hates the exact same thing happening to her.
At the beginning Drew did come across as a little bit spineless when it came to his parents but when it looked like he was going to lose Lottie he stepped up with the help of an unlikely source and eventually came good and gave her the support that she so desperately wanted.
Despite Pamela being a bit of a cow to Lottie at the beginning, as I got to learn about her past and possibly the reasons for her being so overbearing I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for her. The friendship that developed between her and Lottie’s father as he helped her confront things from her past was really charming.
Lisa Hill has certainly managed to create characters that you can relate to, managing to balance a heart-warming story that touches on family dynamics and the struggle of trying to juggle bringing up children, either as part of a team or single handed whilst still trying to have a career. Even though there appears to be several different stories going on, by the end of it they all seem to tie up nicely. Heart in the Right Place is definitely one to curl up with on a cold night as you will be hooked in no time.
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About the Author
Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde.
Lisa writes contemporary women’s fiction with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses herself that she is ‘naturally curious’.
When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service, Lisa enjoys long walks with the family gundog, Sparky, and is training to be a counsellor where she hopes, one day, to be able to provide therapy in the form of writing to those who need it.
Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her career to date, including her debut novel, Meet Me at Number Five, and this year’s perfect summer read Heart in the Right Place.
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