Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.
With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.
But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?
The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest reveiw.
As the first book in a trilogy, this book has detailed world-building. The two main characters are diverse from the outset sharing only their love of Winfield Hall, an old run-down mansion full of potential but with lots to do to make it habitable. Edward is a slightly mysterious, solemn character, he’s harder to empathise with than Abi, who is open and kind, but both have secrets that define them.
Gentle pacing and an interesting plot immerse the reader in Abi and Edward’s stories. There is the possibility of friendship and romance, but the road is liable to be an emotional rollercoaster for these two. The plot is engaging and original and leaves the reader wanting to know more.
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.