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A new start…

When Jinny Birdwhistle is pushed over the edge one time too many times and quits her job as a tabloid journalist, an impromptu – and rather unconventional – job search leads her to a new house, car, and career making honey and chutney in the small Scottish village of Heartcross. And with handsome beekeeper Gabe Warner to help her learn the ropes, she’s ready to embrace ‘country girl life’ and leave the past behind her.

…uncovers an old secret

Yet there’s more to strong and silent Gabe than meets the eye and though Jinny planned to leave her journalistic instincts in London, she can’t help doing a little digging. Now, as she uncovers a mystery that links to her own history, Jinny realises that you can’t outrun the truth and the only way to move forward is to face the past. But now that she’s at home in Heartcross, she won’t have to do it alone…

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My Review

This is book #10 in the Love Heart Lane series.  I’ve read all the previous books in the series and have loved them all, so had no reason to think I wouldn’t love this one!  We return back to the delightful Scottish village of Heartcross where Jinny Birdwhistle has applied for the job of chutney maker!  Jinny was a journalist in London working alongside her father, but after taking stock of her life and career she decides to take her life in a completely different direction – hence the long journey up to Heartcross!  I loved Jinny’s character, she was just so likeable and was someone who you could really relate to!  Her relationship with her father hasn’t been a good one since her mother died many years before, and you could completely understand her reasons for wanting a fresh start!

If you’ve read the previous books, you’ll know how beautiful the little village of Heartcross is, and it was wonderful to be back there!  It was especially fun to be amongst the honey and chutney making business and the author’s descriptions of how this worked was so well researched!  The descriptions of collecting the honey from the beehives was fascinating, but I could so understand Jinny’s nerves even with her bee suit on!  I would have loved to work alongside Gabe however, who was as hot as a hot summer’s day.  He did though seem to have some unresolved issues in his life, which were revealed as their stories moved on!

It was great to meet up with some of the other villagers who I’ve come to love over the course of the series.  Jinny fitted right into the little community liked she’d lived there all of her life, and I loved the possible chance of romance and happiness for her!  I absolutely loved this book and fell right into the storyline right from the first page – it was just like I’d never left!  There was lots of love, life and laughter, and the beautiful scenery of Bumblebee Cottage’s gardens gave me stunning summery images on this cold, windy day!  I really do love this series, and am so happy to see that there are more books planned!  Would recommend!

The Author

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of seventeen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

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