I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant
Also by this author: Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn, The Man Who Can't Be Moved, Mishaps and Mistletoe, Little Acts of Love
Published by Bookouture on 4th April 2019
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Source: from Netgalley
The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t?
When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life Dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.
Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …
If your heart is warmed by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll fall in love with this beautiful feel-good story about finding love when you least expect it.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. I have been reading Tilly’s books for quite a few years now so I was excited to read this book that was set in Suffolk (where I live).
This story follows Lizzie as she embarks on this crazy idea to restore the mill on magnolia lane. The mill is in a very poor state of repair but Lizzie is determined to get the mill at least in a liveable state and quite possibly a working mill too. I really liked Lizzie. She was an easy character to like. At times I did want to give her a little shake but I totally understood a lot of her feelings and I think I would have been the same in her shoes. It’s always easier to see these things from the outside.
We meet Jude and his brother Charlie quite early on in this book. Jude seemed like a nice guy if not a bit naive, especially when it comes to his ex. It seemed to me like he just didn’t really think about the way their interactions appeared and how that would make Lizzie feel. Charlie was a great character and he made me laugh quite a lot.
I liked Lizzie’s siblings but I wish we could have seen more of her brother, James. His storyline seemed too unexplored to me. I liked the interaction between Lizzie and her sister Gracie. I also think we could totally have another book just on Gracie (please)!
This book was an enjoyable read. The story was sweet but also have some real heartfelt moments.
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