Heading Home to Lavender Cottage by Alison Sherlock


With nowhere else to go, Harriet Colgan has returned to the sleepy village of Cranfield to sell her beloved aunt and uncle’s cottage, the only place she ever called home.

When she arrives at Lavender Cottage, Harriet discovers plans to replace the beautiful lavender fields, her uncle’s pride and joy, with an industrial warehouse.

With time on her hands, she realises she must fight to protect her family’s legacy and the village of Cranfield as well.

Workaholic businessman Joe Randall was expecting an easy purchase of the lavender fields. But suddenly his quiet life is disrupted by protests from angry locals, organised by Harriet.

Can Harriet show Joe that there’s more to life than just business? And can Joe change his mind and help Harriet save the lavender fields?

Over a long, hot summer, and with the help of a stray dog, perhaps Harriet and Joe can find their way home too.

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I adored this so much, I couldn’t put it down once I started. I love how Alison just threw me straight into the heart of the book and I’m in the middle of a country lane listening to Dancing Queen with Harriet and Joe. I think I was as bemused with Harriet as Joe was for the first couple of chapters, but once you get to know Harriet and her past, you’ll fall in love with her character yourself.

The supporting cast of family (family we choose) and friends make the story as much as Harriet and Joe do, I am really looking forward to reading more of Libby and Flora in the future, they are such great friends and as fully formed characters as Harriet and Joe were. Alison writes all her supporting cast of characters in the community of Cranfield with such love and care, it’s so obvious she does because how else could you fall in love with Maggie and Grams when we only see them a little compared to Harriet and Joe, let me not start on Paddington, the true hero of the tale !

No spoilers from me, because if you want to know why Paddington is the best, why I love everyone so much (except Harriet’s mum) then you have to read for yourself. Buy, borrow – from your local library they need your support! (don’t steal) this wonderful book, you won’t regret it and spend time escaping reality in a calm and happy place that is Heading Home to Lavender Cottage

Thanks to netgalley, Alison Sherlock, Boldwood Books, and Rachel’s Random Resources for a free e-book in return for an honest and voluntary review, all opinions are my own and freely given.


Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold village.

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