Sunday, 14 October 2018

Book Review - Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain - #HolidayReading Book 24

Book 24 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square
Author: Heidi Swain
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: 31st May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

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! 

Heidi Swain is the perfect summer read - you'll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square.

Well I had been expecting a return to Wynbridge before I started this, as its the normal location used by the author and although it does make a cameo, the heart of the book is set around Nightingale Square in Norwich. 

We are introduced to all the residents of the houses on the square, and get to know a good deal about all of them. 

Though the main characters are Kate and Luke abd with them we get a fabulous story centering about their houses and a communal gardening space. 

I found the first half of the book didn't engage me as much as I would have liked, but that may just be in part to having to get used to so many characters and sub plots in a short space of time.  By the second half of the story, I was completely entranced!

A thoroughly enjoyable story, with a mystery at its heart, as well as a great sense of community and well being.  I loved all the aspects of it, once I got to grips with who's who, and I do hope this isn't the last we see of the residents of Nightingale Square. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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