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.Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain
Also by this author: Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland, Poppy's Recipe for Life
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 31st May 2018
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
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The heartwarming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley
Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour.
Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book. I was so excited when I was asked to take part in this tour. I’ve read a few of Heidi’s books and I just adore her writing style!
In this book we follow Kate as she is about to move to Norwich following the break up of her marriage. I was very excited about the book being set in Norwich as I live close(ish) by in Ipswich. Kate moves in to Nightingale Square after learning the history of the place. I actually looked this up to see if it was true but sadly I could find no evidence so I have to assume Heidi made this all up in that wonderful head of hers.
When I saw the book was set in Norwich I worried we might loose that community spirit feel that Heidi’s other books have but fear not Nightingale Square is a small community in a big city. These residents pull together and help each other in a way you wouldn’t expect for those living in a city.
My favourite character is Lisa. She might be a bit gobby but she has a heart of gold. She would do anything for her friends, while running around after three children, well 4 if you include her husband. I was so so happy with the ending of Lisa’s story. Honestly, I had happy tears in my eyes. It was perfect.
This book had everything you need for a perfect afternoon in the sun. There’s the heart warming characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with, a mystery or two to unravel and a big fat happy ever after that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
If you haven’t read Heidi’s books before now (have you been under a rock?) then I would HIGHLY recommend you start.
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