Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Book Review - The Ticket To Happiness by Faith Bleasdale

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Title: The Ticket To Happiness
Author: Faith Bleasdale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 11th April 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Could Meadowbrook Manor be the country escape she is looking for…?

It’s been a year since Meadowbrook Manor was transformed into a boutique hotel, and things are running smoothly for the Singer family, who own it.

When they receive a call from Brooke Walker, a 25-year-old woman who wants to swap the sunny shores of California for a quintessential English experience at their hotel, the Singers are delighted to be able to accommodate her for a two-month stay.

Brooke is focused on starting a business in the UK, and wants to discover more about her ancestors from Somerset. She quickly integrates into the day-to-day running of the hotel, lending a hand and becoming a firm friend to both the staff and residents.

But there’s something Hotel Manager Pippa can’t quite put her finger on – is there more to perfect, bubbly Brooke than meets the eye, or is she simply a young woman desperate to start afresh and leave her troubles behind?

In the past few months every time I picked up a book featuring a group of close siblings, I had found myself wishing, or thinking they were the Singer family, so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on The Ticket To Happiness and be reunited with this wonderful family.

I am completely hooked on this series, and although it can probably be read as a standalone, you'd be missing out on two equally great books  by doing so. 

From the first few pages, of chapter 1, i felt like I had come home. The prologue introduces us to a new character, Brooke, who is key to this book, and its various plot points, and was interesting, but it wasn't until a few pages later and I was back in Meadowbrook, that I truly settled. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how everyone is progressing, now that the hotel  has been running a year, and seeing the latest happenings in all the various family members relationships. 

This book was mainly focused on Pippa, and how she relates to her family, and also to their new long term guest Brooke.  Brooke is essentially miss popular around Meadowbrook, seems unable to put a foot wrong, she loves animals, is good with children, she loves fitness, is quite creative too, and eager to learn vegan cooking from Gwen too. 

In short she appears to good to be true. Pippa at times seemed suspicious of her, and I was too, but I also had a very strong inkling early on what if anything Brooke may be hiding, , so some of the end section didn't come as a total shock, but it didn't matter as I was enjoying the journey getting to that point. 

For fans of the series the big question on everyones lips is whether Pippa will ever meet a man who is able to treat her right, or perhaps even see what could be right under her nose. There were a couple of options in this one, but I whole heartedly agree with the direction she went with. 

This is just a fabulous story of family, new friendships, keeping the hotel running,  a big story featuring the animal sanctuary, as well as seeing how all the siblings develop.   I loved seeing Harriet learn to deal with being a parent to Toby, to Gus finally realising Fleur is growing into a young woman, and Freddie working out what just being in a committed relationship is all about. 

With laughs and good times to be had, this is one story I am sad to say goodbye to.  I just have everything crossed that this isn't the last we see of Meadowbrook and the Singer family. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

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