Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Book Review - The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant - Blog Tour

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Title: The Mill on Magnolia Lane
Author: Tilly Tennant
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 4th April 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t? 

When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.

Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …

If your heart is warmed by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll fall in love with this beautiful feel-good story about finding love when you least expect it. 

I really hope this is the start of a new series, as by the end of this book, I just didn't want it to end.   I loved the Mill and its rennovation work, and the way that Lizzie develops over the book is great. 

This is a story that takes place over at least a year if not longer, the exact time frames were hard to judge, as you'd start a new chapter and suddenly there was a fast forward of time - you never felt you missed anything but I just lost track when in the year we even were. 

Over the course of the book, we get to meet all the Lovell family, who all think Lizzie is mad to gamble on buying a disused mill, and try to get it up and running again.   To say there was some venting about builders would be an understatement. I'm so glad I wasn't living in Lizzie's caravan while they tried to make the building habitable. 

There is great character development all around, and I loved seeing how Lizzie, Gracie, Florentina and Gwendolyn all adapted to new circumstances each time something happens.  And let me just say there are a lot of eventful happenings in this story.  It really does keep you on your toes.

Charlie has got under my skin far more than I thought, given I keep thinking he is the brother in the next book I'm reading, and I'm missing his wonderful enthusiasm for everything. 

But its also a comforting sort of a book, its a very pleasant to read story, that filled me with warmth, and definitely had Tilly Tennant's trademark writing style and feel to it.   It's a very good book, and I'm hoping this isn't the last we have seen of Magnolia Lane and the Lovells. 

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

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