Lorna is following her dreams. But can she follow her heart?
Lorna Ferguson has dreamt of opening her own bed and breakfast in the village of Glendale for as long as she’d pictured falling in love. While her love life remains frankly hopeless, Lorna is determined to secure Dove House – the home she imagined living in as a child – to start this new venture with her family.
Along with brother Adam, Lorna starts restoring the house to its Art Deco glory, but faced with a whole host of renovation problems and their money fast running out, they worry that Dove House will never be ready to open in the New Year.
When a mystery man turns up, needing to fulfil a promise he made to his dying father and find the object he left at Dove House many years ago, Lorna’s heart goes out to him. But what they find there is going to change both of their lives forever.
Facing problems at every turn, and distracted by her heart, Lorna is going to need all the magic that her beloved Glendale can supply to make all her dreams come true.
I loved this, it was completely engaging and adorable, the gorgeous descriptions of the scenery both autumn and winter seasons are perfect and having just come back from a week in the highlands I can confirm they are very accurate and completely emotive of the gorgeous scenery.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Adam and Lorna, a sibling relationship not built on rivalry and bitterness is lovely to read, sure they have sibling rivalry but that’s normal, but I loved how supportive they are of one another.
The themes of following your dreams, perseverance and obviously family/community are just lovely, Victoria brings such a wonderful feel to the village such great characters and a wonderful community, I want to move here so much, if only it existed (these characters and village – obviously I can move to the Highlands as I dream of one day !)
Victoria’s writing is wonderful, the shifting imagery of seasons, the relatable and gorgeous characters, everything just seems to fit in place perfectly and make the story even more gorgeous. This is the fifth in the series, but you’ll have no problem if you haven’t read the previous books, can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend all the previous books too. I think it makes it that bit more satisfying seeing other characters, but again not essential. A simply wonderful seasonal read and I hope for a sixth book from Glendale.
Thanks to Victoria Walters, Hera Books Rachel’s Random Resources and netgalley for a free ebook in return for an honest review, all opinions are my own and freely given.
About the author
Victoria Walters is a full-time author living in Surrey. Victoria writes cosy books including the bestselling uplifting and romantic series GLENDALE HALL and the new gripping and charming crime novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star.
Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky Walters or by visiting her blog at: https://victoria-writes.com/