Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane
Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life... and the interfering ex who won't leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor in Somerset, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start afresh.
What she didn't anticipate was how hostile the volunteer team – led by the formidable Mabel Hastings – would be about accepting new leadership. And with the deadline looming before the grand opening, Thea is in desperate need of more volunteers.
A broadcast appeal on the local news attracts the interest of troublesome but undeniably attractive celebrity historian Shaun Cowlson, who wants to make a TV programme about the restoration. It's hard enough adding one more big personality to the mix – but then her ex turns up as one of the volunteers! What seemed like a dream come true is fast becoming a total disaster! Can Thea find a way to save the manor?
I thoroughly enjoyed the behind the scenes bit of this story, and Mill Grange was a great setting. The plot rattled along at a decent pace, gathering momentum and picking up speed towards the end.
Thea and Tina were both sweet, and while Shaun was more of a traditional hunk, Sam had some issues. John was weird and I did feel that Thea didn't need to jack in a perfectly good job because of him, when a phone call to the police would have done the trick. Her reaction was a bit over the top, but without him being in the book, the story would have lost some of its drama.
A nice, easy read with enough twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages.
About the Author
Usually to be found within range of plate of hot buttered toast, a huge mug of black coffee, and a with a bar of emergency chocolate tucked in her jacket pocket, Jenny Kane spends her days in her local café typing away...
Inspired by everything and anything, Jenny combines her past experiences as an archaeologist, university tutor, cheese seller, newsagent, Welsh hat maker, Robin Hood obsessive, and data clerk, with the sights and sounds of everyday life, to weave tales of relaxingly relatable romance.
Look out for the brand new #MillGrange series - including Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange - and the forthcoming, Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange and Spring Blossom at Mill Grange.
Jenny's Cornish novels - A Cornish Escape and A Cornish Wedding have received fabulous reviews and her romcom, Another Cup of Coffee, was a long time bestseller - as were its sequels - Another Cup of Christmas, Christmas in the Cotswolds, Christmas at the Castle and Another Glass of Champagne.
Jenny also writes historical mysteries under the name of Jennifer Ash.
Find out more at http://jennykane.co.uk