Friday, 19 July 2019

Book Review - The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin

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Title:  The Little Village of Happiness
Author: Holly Martin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published 
Publication Date: 1st July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin and let The Little Village of Happiness warm your heart and make your spirits soar.

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an advert offering homes in a picturesque village in the grounds of a majestic castle on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow applies for a cottage and packs up her life for the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives she finds a crumbling ruin and ramshackle cottages, nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the incredibly handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington…

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Can Willow risk her heart again? And will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late?

Get swept away to the sun-kissed Cornish coast with this gorgeous love story, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

Holly Martin is a romantic genius - what an absolute gem of a book this is. 

I mean you know you are onto a winner, when you meet Willow, who has decided on a whim to relocate her life to a little Cornish village.  It's a privately owned village that is trying to bring itself back to be a full thriving community, with the best name ever - Happiness. 

That's right the setting for this book is literally a picturesque village called Happiness, what more could you want. 

Well how about a village handyman that is perfect book boyfriend material. There is so much more to him than may meet the eye initially, but as a result, his story lines were dealt with so beautifully, it really added an extra dimension to the book.   

And well Holly Martin, always seems to out do herself with different professions for her main characters, that you don't necessarily see or think of every day,  and so I was delighted to learn that Willow was a candle maker.  

Willow is such a bubbly personality she is determined to help Andrew get the village ready for its open day, to try to attract new residents and she has such an array of ideas. 

But its the secret gifting society that really captured mine and the villagers imagination and has such a wonderful effect on the community.  I won't go into it in great details but its all about kindness and producing a village wide mystery.  It's such a wonderful idea,  I could read about it all day. 

Oddly this isn't the first book I've read this summer, which features people moving to a village that is trying to regenerate itself. so I do wonder if this may be the start of a whole new trope.  Both books are equally amazing and completely and utterly different, just took me by surprise as until the other week I don't think I'd come across the idea before anywhere. 

This really is Holly Martin at her best, it is warm, loving, some great humour, at least one laugh out loud scene involving Poppy,  some wonderful gestures, gorgeous setting, a cameo from character from a previous book,  and a fledgling relationship I was completely rooting for while wanting to be a part of. 

This is utter perfection, my only complaint is that it had to end.  I am really hoping that the authors next book The Gift of Happiness, later this year is set back in this village as I really need to see how things move forward, even if it is through the eyes of a new main character! 

Whether you are a fan of the author or new to her, this is a fabulous book to start with,  I completely and utterly recommend it. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

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