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With nowhere else to go, Harriet Colgan has returned to the sleepy village of Cranfield to sell her beloved aunt and uncle’s cottage, the only place she ever called home.
When she arrives at Lavender Cottage, Harriet discovers plans to replace the beautiful lavender fields, her uncle’s pride and joy, with an industrial warehouse.
With time on her hands, she realises she must fight to protect her family’s legacy and the village of Cranfield as well.
Workaholic businessman Joe Randall was expecting an easy purchase of the lavender fields. But suddenly his quiet life is disrupted by protests from angry locals, organised by Harriet.
Can Harriet show Joe that there’s more to life than just business? And can Joe change his mind and help Harriet save the lavender fields?
Over a long, hot summer, and with the help of a stray dog, perhaps Harriet and Joe can find their way home too.
Whilst it’s technically not part of this author’s Riverside Lane series, we do see a return to the area around the village of Cranbridge when Harriet Colgan returns to the nearby village of Cranfield. I’ve read the Riverside Lane series and enjoyed them all, and it was great to see some of the characters from those books return in this one. Harriet is a lovely character, and you immediately connect with her when she returns to Cranfield to sort out her late aunt and uncle’s affairs and to sell their cottage. Harriet stayed with them often since a young child, and her descriptions of the little village and her uncle’s lavender fields was just delightful!
The book moved at a lovely pace, introducing us to Harriet’s friends and the other villagers. We also meet Joe Randall who is there to oversee the purchase of the land where the lavender fields are so it can be sold for industrial units. It’s such a shame that Joe is initially seen as the big-baddie-businessman as he is such a nice character, but we all know where these stories are heading so hold off on hating him too early! The storyline flowed along well, capturing all the emotions and dramas which occurred. I loved the lavender fields and the old railway, and these gave great images of what the little village was like as I read!
It’s quite an emotional read, particularly with how much Cranfield meant to Harriet and why it did. There are lots of examples of love, family and friendships, and there is a strong theme of understanding and second chances running throughout. Filled with likeable characters, the village of Cranfield has won me over and I hope there are more books from this area to carry on their stories! This book is the perfect read for that little bit of escapism! Would recommend!
Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold village.
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