For Christie Newbury, moving to the Cotswolds as the new owner of The Templar, a quaint countryside inn, was supposed to be a dream come true. But then her husband drops a bombshell that turns her life upside down.
Architect Daniel James has just one month to find the perfect home. When his search takes him to the village of Treweham, his instant attraction to the Templar’s beautiful – and newly single–owner is a distraction he can’t afford.
Christie needs an expert’s eye. Daniel needs a place to stay. It’s only a business deal – but it has never been more tempting to mix business with pleasure…
Welcome back to Treweham, a village of scandal and secrets.
I received a copy of this book from Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series, and ‘A Country Dilemma’, is a fitting ending to the trilogy. In many ways, this is my favourite book, perhaps because I am familiar with many of the characters, yet still, get to enjoy a new story, with new characters too. The story is standalone, and you are given the necessary backstory to enjoy it, but it’s such a good series, for those who like country life, with all its peculiarities. Treat yourself, and read all three books.
The main focus of this story is Christie the new owner of The Templar, and Daniel, a soon to be single dad who wants a good place to bring up his daughter. The attraction is instant, but the conflicts are many, and there is much angst and a veritable roller-coaster of emotions before the resolution.
The style of this story is a fusion of romance and bonkbuster romance. The romance is sensual, rather than gentle, but it fits with the contemporary storyline, and works well, especially for those, like me, who enjoy Zara Stonely, Fiona Walker and Jilly Cooper books.
Believable, complex characters, who fit the setting, without becoming stereotypical. A picturesque, recognisable, rural setting. Coupled with a simple, but effective plot, make this an enjoyable, escapist read, written in an easy to read style full of visual imagery.
Writing a series – Guest Post by Sasha Morgan
The beauty of writing a series is that you can really allow your characters to grow and develop. You’ve more scope, without the boundaries of just a single novel. Very often ideas spring from one story, which can nicely lead into the sequel, and so on.
I think it’s good to have some form of continuity. When picking up a book from a sequel, it’s like reacquainting yourself with old friends and re-connecting. Familiar places, events and characters give a sense of reassurance and help the reader settle into a pleasing read; because if you liked the first story, then chances are you’ll also enjoy the ones that follow.
I think it’s important though for each book to also read as a stand-alone in its own right. As sequels aren’t always read in the right order, it could prove rather confusing and a touch disorientating if the story was relying on the reader to have read the previous books. Very often readers aren’t even aware that a certain book is in fact part of a sequel, as reviews have proved.
It’s crucial to pitch the right amount of background knowledge. Enough to fill in the reader, but not appear too repetitive. Also, this enables the reader to want to read all the books in the series – they’ve grown attached to the characters and want to discover their own storylines.
The only downfall in writing a series is having to say goodbye to the characters when you’ve finally completed writing it. I’ve just finished the last, ‘A Country Dilemma’ is the final book in the Treweham Hall series. I’ll so miss Tobias Cavendish-Blake and the goings-on at Treweham Hall, not to mention slipping into The Templar for a glass of fizz and spying on the locals. They’ve become real to me!
I’ve just started a new book, this time set in rural Lancashire where I’m from. Hopefully, this will be the bedrock for a whole new series.
Sasha lives in a rural, coastal village in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog. She has always written stories from a very young age and finds her fictional world so much more exciting than the real one