The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane = Part One : New Beginnings by Emily Harvale ** Review** #LilyPondLane

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane : New Beginnings is the first novella in a series of four novellas which are due out between now and the end of this year. I am delighted to be featuring it on my blog today.

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

My Thoughts

New Beginnings is a promising start to the series. It introduces some sparky characters and what a setting! The cottage which Mia inherits has some surprising features which hint at some mysteries to come. Just who was the mysterious Matilda and why does the village seem to know sll about Mia when she did not know anything about her aunt? There is plenty to guess at.

As a novella, it is a great read for a summer afternoon. The writing flows smoothly and all the characters add to the story. I am anticipating plenty of new friendships ahead for Mia, Ella and Garrick and I am sure there is more to their neighbour, Hettie, than meets the eye. 

In short: an intriguing start to a promising series:

About the Author

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily Harvale returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. 

Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.

You can follow Emily here: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Instagram

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Emily Harvale and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

Looking ahead to the second novella in the series: Summer Secrets, here's a peep at the cover:

Let's see what happens next...

Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the FĂȘte, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear... someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale...

If you want to order Part two, follow this link: Amazon UK

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