Today I hand the blog back to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Heart In the Right Home by Lisa Hill. A huge thank you to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting us to join the tour, and to publisher Manatee Books for providing an advance copy for review. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
Wedding bells are chiming in the village of Clunderton, but will it be happy-ever-afters all around? Rebecca Cavendish thinks not. All she’s feeling is shame and remorse since her affair with property mogul, Edward Hardwicke, whilst in another corner of the village, Louise Edwards is slowly coming to the conclusion she might not be in love with husband, Johnnie, anymore.Available from Amazon
Meanwhile, Lottie Hardwicke is resisting the urge to do what she does best…interfere. When Edward’s son, James, turns up announcing Hardwickes’ intentions to develop land on the outskirts of the village into residential homes, and Edward makes a further shocking announcement, a divide begins to set hold amongst the villagers, perhaps more monumental than the country being torn apart by Brexit…
Will Lottie refrain? Or will she cave-in to that need to interfere, and ensure everyone ends up with their heart in the right home?
Heart in the Right Home takes you back to the village of Clunderton, following the lives of its inhabitants as they try to work out what they want from their lives. Although it follows on from Lisa’s previous book Heart in the Right Place, you can easily pick this one up and enjoy it without having read the first one.
Once again Lottie Hardwicke is at the centre of the action as she meddles in people’s lives, not in a malicious way, but she does like to take charge and try to help others make the best decisions. I could imagine that faced with someone in real life who is always certain they know what is best for others would get on your pip a bit but she manages to arrange people in such a way that they seem to get carried along for the ride and never seem to mind too much.
This time she is trying to help Rebecca Cavendish get over her disastrous affair with Lottie’s father in law, make sure the relationship between her mother in law and her father doesn’t go off the rails and support her friend Louise Edwards as she tries to work out if her marriage is worth saving. Added to this her brother in law Johnnie turns up with news that throws the whole village into a bit of a spin.
Heart in the Right Home has you laughing and growling with frustration in equal measure. You can’t help but like the characters…even the really annoying ones and you get the real sense of community and what life in a small village can be like. At times I was a little envious as I read about the visits to Betty’s tearooms for cakes…I only get to go there once a year but it also gave me a sense of where the book was set as I could imagine Clunderton as one of the small villages that you drive through on the way into Harrogate.
With never a dull moment to be found Lisa Hill has produced yet another great book that will have the reader interested right from the start. Although the majority of the stories do wrap up quite nicely in this book, I would love to see what happens with Louise as she goes forward with her life. Heart in the Right Home has a big thumbs up from me and would recommend that if you haven’t read the first in the series you rectify that immediately and get reading.
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 romance 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 she is ‘naturally curious’.
When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service, Lisa enjoys running with her gun dog, the aptly named electrician’s dog, Sparky.
Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to finally achieving publication in 2017 with her debut novel, Meet Me at Number Five.
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