Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Book Review - Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash

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Title: Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove
Author: Kim Nash
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 30th March 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove... and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford... is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.

This is one of those very rare breed of books that I found I was so absorbed by, that the pages were turning so fast, and for how little time I'd spent reading it the percentage meter seemed to be jumping up if I looked down at it, that I had actually feared that I didn't have the whole book. 

But of course I did and it was just that it was such a pleasurable read that I was able to get lost within the pages and I sat and read it in one sitting.  I had intended to read just the first couple of chapters and then do some more work but then I thought one more chapter and when I had read about half of it after only an hour I knew I was just sitting there and reading, ignoring the rest of the world. 

And without a doubt the character that stole my heart the most was Norman, what a little cutie he is, and yet when Nellie is first introduced to him,  he was nothing at all like she imagined! 

The book kicks off, and what engaged me instantly was Nellie clearly having a nightmare of a day, which was comical in its own way, even when it got worse.  And then the following day learning that she has lost her job too, in addition to the fiancée from the previous evening, 

So when she finally gets in touch with the mystery lawyers firm that had been in contact and asked to travel to Muddleford to discuss her inheritance from Auntie Lil (who she hadn't seen in 20 years), she has no idea what to expect. 

And what an eye opening inheritance it is and is able to change the course of Nellie's life forever should she be open to the idea. And she gets in touch with her childhood best friend and long time crush, and Jack hasn't changed a bit.  Although Natalia has other ideas, and I really didn't warm to her initially at all and could see through some of what she was saying. 

This is such a warm hearted story, full of love oozing from its pages, from learning about Auntie Lil, to seeing just how Nellie was able to grow over a relatively short space of time.  This was just the sort of book I needed as I read it without even realising it.  I loved the setting of Muddleford Cove, and hope we will be able to return to it. 

I just felt like I'd had a hug from this book, and it was just a really wonderful story. 

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

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