Sunday, 2 April 2017

Book Review - The Little Clock House on the Green by Eve Devon - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #WestSussex - Fab Firsts

Fab Firsts is my new regular Sunday feature, that is going to be highlighting books that are firsts. When interviewing authors, it will be about their first book, as well as other firsts in their lives. When reviewing books for this feature, there will be a mix of debuts, first books in a series, the first time I read an author, and possibly other firsts depending on what I can think of!

If you are an author wanting to take part in Fab Firsts then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you.

I hope you enjoy this look at a variety of hopefully fabulous firsts, while making some sort of dent in my review and paperback TBRs which are my current main focus!

This is the first book of Eve Devon's new Whispers Woods series, and I'm already looking forward to the Christmas sequel! 

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Title: The Little Clock House on the Green
Author: Eve Devon
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 23rd March 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Welcome to Whispers Wood, a cosy little village in the heart of the English countryside, where everybody knows everybody and rumours are spread thicker than jam on a scone…

When a rival village is awarded Best in Bloom, the residents of Whispers Wood are determined to regain their former glory – and with Old Man Isaac finally selling the clock house on the village green, with two potential buyers, operation ‘Summer Fete’ is on!

For Kate Somersby, the very bricks that make up the clock house hold precious memories of her childhood. Now she’s finally returned home after years of running away, she’s here to make Isaac an offer and ensure her and her beloved sister’s dreams come true. Only entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way.

To prove they have the village’s interests at heart and in turn become the proud new owner of the clock house, Kate and Daniel must compete to raise funds for the Whispers Wood Summer Fete.

Over one glorious English summer, friendships are forged, secrets are revealed and romance delightfully bursts into bloom.

In a charming West Sussex village setting, of Whispers Wood there is a clock house. For Kate is a long held dream of hers to open up day spa in that very building. For Daniel he has chanced upon the clock house and come up with a business idea himself. 

They both want to own the Clock House on the Green which has come up for sale. Kate hasn't lived in Whispers Wood for four years, she left with good reasons but now it seems like it could be a good time for her to return and mend some bridges, if only everyone could believe she won't run again. Daniel on the other hand only discovered the village when his car broke down, and then it was clear he only discovered the clock house when he spotted Kate going into it, and clearly let his heart rule the rest of his decisions! 

However the current owner of the Clock House wants them to prove themselves to the village and the one that raises the most funds for the Summer Fete will be the new owner. Which is where the book starts to get really fun! 

I loved a lot of the various fund raising ideas, that were come up with by both Kate and Daniel, as well as the fact they seemed to be unsteady on their feet around each other, leading to some amusing situations. 

It was Kate's story that intrigued me the most, especially the reasons she has for being nervous at returning home, and how her family react around her. It is poignant, but also shows enormous personal growth as she settles back into life in the village. 

I also loved the storyline between Oscar and Juliet, and was really rooting for the right outcome there. 

The Little Clock House on the Green is an entertaining story, in a charming setting, full of great characters, easy to read writing, amusing incidents and the promises of a couple of big romances. It is an enjoyable book and one that I am already looking forward to the Christmas sequel of, as I would love to see more of the residents of Whispers Wood. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy of the book that I have reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

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