Friday, 1 September 2017

Book Review - The Big Little Festival by Kellie Hailes

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Title: The Big Little Festival
Author: Kellie Hailes
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 19th July 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Join the whole village at The Big Little Festival for the perfect summer day out!
With only weeks until the little Devon village of Rabbit’s Leap holds its first ever festival, Jody McArthur is desperate. She – more than anyone – wants to raise the funds to rebuild the local swimming pool and when she fell pregnant with her twin boys, it was the village who was there to support her. So, to stop disaster in its tracks, she brings in bigshot London events manager Christian Middlemore to make The Big Little Festival the huge success everyone deserves.

But Jody is totally unprepared for the impact reserved-but-gorgeous Christian has on Rabbit’s Leap – and her heart! Except Jody has avoided relationships for so long, and anyway, she’s sure romance between a country-born-and-bred single mum and a career-focused city boy would be impossible – wouldn’t it?

As tensions rise along with the home baked scones and miles and miles of bunting, Jody is about to find out!

The second book set in the picture-perfect Rabbit’s Leap, this little village is where love blooms!

From the first few lines, I was reminded what I liked so much about Kellie Haile’s first book, which was the sense of humour and her writing style. I was smiling and giggling throughout this book at plenty of witticisms and some of the things the children came out with. 

For Jody is a single mum of 9 year old twin boys and has closed her heart off to finding a man ever. She is also determined to make up for an error in her past for which she fears the whole town of Rabbit’s Leap would hate her for, if it was every made public. As a result she is determined to organise a fundraising festival to rebuild the pool in the village. 

Just one thing, with 3 weeks to go until the festival all the committee made of her and two of the towns busybodies have agreed on is welly wanging. Enter Christian a proper event planner, who has some great ideas for turning the Rabbit’s Leap festival into the biggest little festival ever, well once he can get anyone in the town onside. 

This is the second book set in Rabbit’s Leap and despite there being some familiar characters if you read the first book, this can easily be read as a standalone novel. 

I really loved how devoted Jody is to her town and her children, and just how hard she attempts to fight some of the most obvious chemistry I’ve read about! Jody’s past was very interesting and she has some good motivations for acting the way she does.  I also quite liked seeing just what Christian was hiding, as he also wasn’t quite as straight forward as you may think. 

The Big Little Festival will certainly put you into an upbeat small town festival mood, and feels like a great story to read in the summer. I am already looking forward to my return to Rabbit’s Leap in the Christmas book, and curious to see whose story we will be learning this time. 

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

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