As the lazy days of summer ebb away and the hedgerows fill with rich, plump blackberries, Lucy Jacobs couldn’t be happier. She’s feeling more and more at home in the small village of Langtry Meadows and has fallen in love with idyllic Jasmine cottage – not to mention gorgeous vet Charlie.
But just as Lucy is thinking about putting down roots like the blackberries that grow in her garden, Charlie’s ex returns and threatens to put a thorn in their perfect life…
Whilst this story doesn’t have the comic genius of the Tippermere series, its characters ensure that you keep turning the pages, eager to know what happens next. I missed out on the first book of The Little Village on the Green stories, but this one was easy to get into and has proved an enjoyable read.
The villagers are interesting characters and the romance between Charlie the village Vet and Lucy the village schoolteacher has a realistic edge to it. Custody battles and possible school closures, threaten the idyllic village setting and there are plenty of animal characters, full of antics to keep the villagers on their toes.
Elsie’s story has a particular poignancy and Lucy’s own parallels with Charlie’s daughter Maise makes it easy to empathise with her. Despite all the conflict, the ending gives the reader hope that our village lovers have a future. I can’t wait to return to Langtry Meadows and see what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.