Sunday, 7 July 2019

Book Review - Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale

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Title: Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author Supplied Copy
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date:  26th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer. 

Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.

Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn't have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.

And as for Hettie ... she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.

This is the final book in the Lily Pond Lane series.

Gutted to discover this is the last book in the Lily Pondale series, but equally what a lovely ending to the series it is. 

With the way this book ends you can draw your own conclusions but it seemed rather fitting.  But before you get to the end, there is the rest of the story to enjoy. 

In fact this new instalment starts with new character Tabbie driving her car into a ditch... I mean pond, purely by accident on her way to visit village hermit Aurelia.  The next few chapters bring us up to speed with various more familiar characters and set the tone for the themes in this book. 

I loved that without really being featured a huge amount it was as much a book about Aurelia, Hetty, their ancestors and past generally,  which goes a long way to explaining why they seem to hate each other. 

If felt like I was returning to family and friends reading this book, I love all the characters so much, it will be a shame to stop being able to visit Little Pondale. However despite it being the last book in a series, I do still think it works well as a standalone, there is plenty of backstory filtered in to give you a good idea about the key points about the various pasts of the characters ,  

Emily Harvale has surpassed herself with this book, its a pure joy to read, and I really did enjoy every moment of it. The pages just flew past and I was enthralled in all the various plot lines.    The writing is so pleasant and easy to follow, and there is just such a fabulous feel to the book, its warm and cosy. 

Between catching up with old friends, seeing how various characters stories have developed along with some new romance, this is a fabulous way to end a series, and despite my thinking the title is rather long - Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane - it is such a fabulous match for the contents, and really does sum up the book even better than a review can!   Really is a story filled with secret wishes and desires,  and also some summer kisses!! 

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

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