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Clover Cottage has been one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2020 and I am so excited to share with you my thoughts on this latest instalment from the wonderful Village of Heartcross. This is the third book in the Love Heart Lane series which immediately became one of my favourite fictional places when I read the title book Love Heart Lane, closely followed by Foxglove Farm. To date each book has cast a spotlight on a different set of characters and this offering is no different, however fear not all the well-loved characters from the previous books do make an appearance!
About The Book
Love Heart Lane–where friends are there for you no matter what.
When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves–it’s her dream come true!
Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow–to live and work in Africa.Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…
Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back.And as he embarks on his adventure,Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?
And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves,will be the place that will always bring them back to each other.Their forever home, Clover Cottage.
Allie spent her younger years moving from place to place, but finally feels she has found somewhere to call home in the small Scottish village of Heartcross. Alongside helping her family to run the ‘hub’ of the village, the local pub, she spends her free time with her devoted boyfriend, local vet Rory. For Allie life is practically perfect, she is in love and ready to settle down with the prospect of starting a family.
Rory works as his Dad’s second in command at their family veterinary practice. Whilst he loves both his job and Allie, he also has a tiny nagging feeling in the back of his mind about the hopes and dreams he had to leave behind. Rory dreamt of travelling as a young man to treat animals in far flung places,; dreams he still secretly harbours.
Unexpectedly Rory’s parents offer the loved up couple the opportunity of a lifetime; a home to call their own. But whilst Allie is already planning colour schemes, Rory just isn’t ready for the commitment, leaving Allie with nothing but doubt over the future of their relationship. However, a visit to the village from TV star Zach Hudson brings their relationship trouble to a head when Rory is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, but will the couple be strong enough to survive?
I can’t tell you how excited I was to immerse myself back into the lives of the Heartcross inhabitants! This book focuses on the relationship between Allie and Rory, however like the rest of the series it was wonderful to catch up and see glimpses of those characters whom I already knew their backstories; it really helps add substance to each book as the series has progressed.
Christie has a such an easy writing style that draws you into the story and helps make the characters so real and relatable. This book was very focused on a single relationship and the hurdles that they face, in particular their lack of communication which is something I’m sure lots of people can relate to. Barlow never shies away from the human flaws we all possess and writes them openly as part of her characters make-up which makes them so endearing and likeable – their emotions just drip from the page.
I particularly enjoyed learning more about Rory’s parents, especially his Father. in this instalment as they aren’t really prominent in the previous books. Their inclusion in the story did provide some rather emotional and poignant revelations, however these were carefully balanced with some hilarious, laugh out loud moments – the dog show being a particular favourite!
Clover Cottage proved to be another winner for me and I sincerely hope there is another book in the pipeline, as know Heartcross has so many more stories to tell. Barlow’s writing and stories just seem to get better with each book she releases and I for one want more!!
Whilst this book is part of a series Clover Cottage could easily be enjoyed as a standalone, however I would recommend reading the it from the beginning for a full, all round enjoyment, plus I am personally a stickler for reading series in the right order!
About The Author
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for Zuri Project raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for Mama Life Magazine bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
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