Friday, 30 August 2019

Book Review - A Village Affair by Julie Houston

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Title: A Village Affair
Author: Julie Houston
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 6th November 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being 'outed' at a village charity auction - he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.

As if that weren't enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.

But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet...

Julie Houston's novels are funny, wonderfully warm and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Gervaise Phinn, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

It has been a long while for me, but it was good to be back in Midhope in this all new story, focusing on Cassie Beresford.  

It can easily be read as a standalone, but there are familiar faces to those who have been reading other books from the author. 

And what a story this was, I can't believe how many story lines and threads where packed into this book.  There is a lot going on and never a dull moment.  

We have cheating husbands, questions of parenthood, sexuality, a campaign again a development, a hilarious hen party, best friends. and new love.   All of it executed in such a way that you can't help but be drawn into Cassie's life and enjoy seeing just bump in the road she may encounter next! 

For nothing seems to run smoothly in this story for anyone, which keeps the reader on their toes at all times.  Even the characters you want to dislike on the whole are shown to have another side to them.  

I really enjoyed Julie Houston's writing, and everything about this story.  I just regret that I'd had the book on my kindle for about a year before starting to read it, which given how much I liked the book, I now feel very guilty about. 

Thank you to Aria and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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