Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Book Review - Turn Towards The Sun by Emma Davies - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #Shropshire

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Title: Turn Towards the Sun
Author: Emma Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 9th February 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Lizzie wants nothing more than to start over and put the past behind her. So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true.

But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten.

To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heartwarming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.

Wonderful return to Rowan Hill with a completely different story that is full of drama, friendship and even an OMG moment which had me completely shocked. 

Let me start by saying that Turn Towards the Sun is a standalone novel, and definitely works as one, but its also the sequel to Letting In Light, and although the characters and story progresses from the first, there are a couple of brand new characters introduced, one of which Lizzie, who this book is focused on. 

Lizzie comes from a very different background to everyone else at Rowan Hill, which you can tell just from how her chapters are written. She lacks self confidence, and if anything goes wrong she tends to think she must be to blame, as she believes she isn't as clever as the others,and that due to her background that everyone will blame her regardless. 

Ellie and Will see something in her and are more than happy for her to work at Rowan Hill and learn a bit about everyone's businesses as a general gopher. What pleased me greatly was the amount of times where we really just how much more there is to Lizzie than there first seems. 

It is of course wonderful to see the return of Ellie and Will, Finn and Ben, plus some of the people working in their studios at Rowan Hill. If you haven't read Letting In Light yet, I really don't want to spoil any of the specifics of where their story is heading in this book, but its a great continuation of their story, with some unexpected twists too. 

There is are a couple of chapters with high drama which kept me so gripped to the book that I had absolutely know idea where I was, until my subconscious picked up I was at my stop! 

One of the more major storylines in the book, I did sort of predict, and was happy with waiting for the people in the book to catch up to what I was thinking, up until the moment where I stopped and actually went OMG! at which point potential motivation became apparent and everything fell into place properly. 

Full of writing that transports you beyond the pages and into life at Rowan Hill, Emma Davies' storytelling gets better with each book and she is becoming an author for me that I want to read more from. Turn Towards The Sun had everything I want from a novel, and I loved spending a day with it. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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