**We were gifted an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
At the start of the year I always make a list of must-read releases in my planner and Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow was an auto add for me. Having read and enjoyed the rest of Christie’s Love Heart Lane Series I’ve been highly anticipating the next instalment of this heartwarming Scottish series! Today I’m thrilled to eventually be able to share my thoughts as part of the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources and I hope you enjoy reading my review.
About The Book
When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.
When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.
Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is.As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too….
Julia loves the small community of Heartcross and as proprietor of the village Bed & Breakfast she plays an integral part when it comes to the areas thriving tourism trade. Her small business is all she ever dreamt it would be and it’s only thanks to the inheritance she received from selling her late Grandfather’s house that she got to see her ‘happily ever after’ realised. Despite selling her Grandfather’s house under market value, Julia thanks her lucky stars for the opportunity the money offered her and she’s never been happier than she is.
Flynn is a stranger to Heartcross, but not to Julia. The pair have history and as far as Julia was concerned if she never saw Flynn Carter again it would be too soon. Having swindled her out of money from the sale of her Grandfather’s house and standing up her friend at the alter it’s not surprising Julia doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, but what is he doing here in her idyllic home?
It soon becomes clear that property developer Flynn has plans that could not only ruin Julia’s business, but the livelihoods of her friends in the village, but what can she do to make them see Flynn isn’t all he appears to be?
Starcross Manor is the fourth book in the Love Heart Lane Series, however as with the other books in the title it can be read adequately as a standalone. Having read all of the other books in this series I can highly recommend each and every one and I do feel that the crossover of characters been them really enhanced my enjoyment. In fact at the end of Clover Cottage you actually see Flynn arriving in the village and this book more than the others felt like a direct continuation of the story.
Returning to Heartcross in this book was like coming home and I immediately felt myself enveloped in a cosy warm book hug. I adore Barlow’s writing style; it’s so easy to read and draws you into the heart of the story from the very first page. She has written a cast of wonderfully realistic characters that I’m highly invested in and like the previous books Starcross Manor left me wanting more and already counting down to the release of the next instalment.
This book has a bit of everything; drama, disaster, mystery and romance and I loved every single page – I finished it in less than a day as I couldn’t put it down! It’s a character driven story set against the picturesque back drop of the Scottish hills, what’s not to love?
Although it’s a bold thing to say I think this is my favourite of Christie’s books to date, they seem to just get better and better with each new release! Highly recommended and a definite 5 stars from me.
About The Author
Christie Barlow is the number 1 International bestselling author of ten bestsellers including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. 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, Canada & Australia.
Starcross Manor is available to purchase now from Amazon*