Starting Over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster
Buying a thatched cottage in the country may not be the usual cure for a broken heart.
But after Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been sneaking around behind her back, packing her bags and leaving everything in London behind feels like the only option...
Clara knew Acorn Cottage would be a fixer-upper... Yet in person, the cottage is less charmingly ramshackle and more a real health and safety concern. When Henry Garnett, her (rather handsome) new contractor, turns up with his little daughter Pansy and a van shaped like a cottage in tow, she isn't sure whether to laugh or cry. What on earth has she gotten herself into?!
Still, there is something strangely lovable about the people in the little village of Merryknowe, from Rachel Brown, the quiet, lonely girl who bakes magical confections for the tearooms, to Tassie McIver, a little old lady with a lot of wisdom and a penchant for reading tea leaves. And Clara can't deny that Henry and Pansy are quickly worming their way into her heart...
With all the heartbreak of the year behind her, could Acorn Cottage be the fresh start Clara so desperately wants?
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This is an adorable gem of a story. Following in the wonderfully mixed genre footsteps of Jenni Keer, it combines typical chick lit tropes with a dusting of otherwordliness, and it works perfectly. I love quirky characters and this book has them in droves, both old and young.
The story celebrates strong, capable, loving women, with a balance of the not so loving, and it also explores some quite sensitive issues around dying young and abusive relationships . But don't let that put you off, barbecue it is wonderfully uplifting and has the perfect combination of sadness and happiness. It made me cry (yes, really) and it made me smile, and I devoured it in one day when I really should have been doing other things.
About the Author
Kate Forster lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and dogs and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. She is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is also an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.