Monday 1 May 2017

Book Review - Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #61

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Title: Return to Bluebell Hill
Author: Rebecca Pugh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 18th June 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

Incredibly strong debut novel from Rebecca Pugh, it was a pleasure to read, and I loved the various descriptions in the book, which were so clear I could see things easily in my imagination. 

For Jessica this is a story of discovery, for finding out who she really is, and its the first time she has returned to Bluebell Hill since she left at the age of 18. She is nervous but delighted to see her old friend Esme waiting for her, and its with Esme's guidance that Jessica even starts to come to terms with various things. 

Jessica clearly had an unhappy childhood, at times she thinks she is emotionally dead, which is something I can completely sympathise with, and is adamant she wants nothing to do with Bluebell Hill. She isn;t though counting on meeting Reuben, who is breathtakingly sexy and an incredibly good guy too. 

I loved discovering the secret that Bluebell House was hiding, and just how Jessica deals with everything she finds out. Her best friend Sarah is great and is a good voice of reason at times, and is able to make Jessica look at things from new angles. 

I love Rebecca Pugh's writing style, its incredibly easy to follow and the book just flowed really well for me. I found I was lost between the pages for ages at time, taking in the picturesque surroundings, and the blossoming relationship that has Jessica in denial! 

Thank you so much to everyone that voted for this book. Even if it had been a tie, I would have picked this, purely as supporting a fellow blogger is always a good idea, and because I really enjoyed A Home in Sunset Bay when I read it last year.  Was a fabulous choice everyone and I look forward to seeing what your next pick for me will be. 

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