Love Among the Treetops by Catherine Ferguson
Can love flourish amongst the tree tops?
When pastry chef Twilight Wilson was a young girl, she would hide from school bullies up in the treehouse at the bottom of her garden in her family home in Sussex. It was her special place, and even as an adult she still loves it.
So when her family tell her they can’t afford to live there any more, Twilight is devastated. Not only will they lose their home – but the treehouse too!
She comes up with a plan to save the family home – she’ll start up a cafe in the treehouse! It’s a brilliant idea, and excitement builds as she starts planning the menus, with the help of Theo – a rather attractive man from the gym. But when former school bully Lucy finds out the plan, she starts plotting – and opens her own rival cafe in the village!
Can Twilight save her family home? Will her friendship with Theo ever be anything more? And who will win the cafe wars?
Do leopards ever change their spots? I suspect not, but was happy to see whether this was the case here.
Cute setting aside(the tree-house sounds delightful), there are some meatier issues in this book, from seriously ill parents to the long-term emotional effects of bullying. There are also a surprising number of unexpected developments, which kept me turning the page at a rate of knots.
A warm, light-hearted read, with an inner core of solemnity. But the reader does get the "aaah" at the end.
About the Author
Catherine Ferguson burst onto the writing scene at the age of nine, anonymously penning a weekly magazine for her five-year-old brother (mysteriously titled the 'Willy' comic) and fooling him completely by posting it through the letterbox every Thursday. Catherine's continuing love of writing saw her study English at Dundee University and spend her twenties writing for various teenage magazines, including Jackie and Blue Jeans, and meeting pop stars. Then she got serious and worked as a sub-editor at the Dundee Courier before moving to Surrey and setting up an organic veg box delivery business. Her first novel, HUMBUGS AND HEARTSTRINGS, is very loosely based on Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL and was the launch title for Avon's brand new imprint, Maze. She's currently working on her eighth book, SECOND CHANCES AT THE LOG FIRE CABIN, out November 2018. Catherine lives with her family in Northumberland.