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5* Review: Finding Sarah – Wendy Lou Jones (Echoes of Nutt Hill #1)

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Sarah, a mother of grown children, finds herself without a husband and starts over in the sleepy village of Lower Nutton.
But a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger wakens something inside her. Something long forgotten.
Can people from two different worlds really find happiness together?
In a village where everyone knows everyone, nothing remains private for long…

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If you like realistic, often surprising, unique women’s fiction, then ‘Finding Sarah’ is for you. Sarah’s reasons for moving to Nutt Hill are not what I originally thought and the twists keep on coming, as her story progresses.

Sarah is a lovely woman, although her lack of self belief is frustrating. The reasons for this are not immediately self evident but when they are revealed, you understand why she doubts herself.

Sarah’s emotional past makes a simple romance unlikely, her children, although adult, still need her and are judgemental when she falls off the pedestal they’ve put her on. This coupled with the shadow of her past love, makes her new life complex and angst ridden right to the end.

Nick is not your typical vicar, or maybe he is? Nick blows away any preconceptions you have about country vicars. His flaws don’t dim his likeability and his attraction to and eventual love for Sarah makes him a keeper.

The village characters are vivid and recognisable. I especially liked Maggie, who is the archetypical fairy godmother, essential for romance to survive. The expert inquisitiveness, only found in small communities, punctuates Nutt Hill’s tranquillity. Some gossips are kindly but there are some with darker motives and these threaten Nick and Sarah’s happiness.

‘Finding Sarah’ is a delicious slice of village life, full of heartache, romance and the best and worst of human emotions. I’m looking forward to reading ‘Sun on Sunday’ and ‘Chances Are’, the next two books in the series.

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back to fz50 150Wendy Lou Jones was born and raised in West Sussex, in the south of England. At 18, she moved to Birmingham to study Medicine at University, where she was lucky enough to meet her husband. She worked in hospitals, general practice and palliative care before starting a family, at which point she took a step back from medical life to concentrate on being a mum.

She now lives in a little village in Herefordshire with her husband and two grubby boys and discovered a love of writing not long after their youngest son started school. And if you were to ask her what it was that made her make the switch, she would tell you quite simply, that it started with a dream.

 

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5* Review : Wendy Lou Jones – The Summer We Loved

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Forgiving yourself can be the hardest task of all.
Dr Peter Florin is the sexy bad boy of St Steven’s hospital. Despite his love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude, every woman still wants him – and nurse Jenny White is no exception. For one night she thought she saw the real Pete, but ever since then he’s kept his distance and so she has kept hers…

Only Pete is a man haunted by a dark childhood and a tragic loss, and as she watches him spiral down into despair, Jenny realises she might be the only one who can drag him back. So she does – at the risk of her own, already bruised and battered heart. For no matter what she tells herself, such a man is surely impossible to change – and even more impossible to resist.

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The Summer We LovedThe Summer We Loved’ is medical romance with a twist, which makes it uniquely memorable and poignant. A chance meeting between Jenny and Pete sets the scene and from the first chapter you realise Jenny is telling this story for a purpose but what is it?

The characters are deep and realistic. Jenny is dedicated to everything she undertakes, almost driven and as her story unfolds it’s easy to understand why. Drawn to Pete, the antithesis of everything she believes in, yet too reticent to do anything about it; until she realises he needs her, even if he doesn’t realise it yet. Pete is complex and dark. He hides his demons and plays the fool and because of this is hard to empathise with until Jenny unpicks his barriers and reveals the frightened little boy hiding behind them.

The plot takes many turns but is so interesting you can’t stop reading. The emotion is raw and sometimes painful to witness but there is nothing gratuitous in this story, every tear counts and adds to the rich fabric of the tale Jenny recounts. The ending is full of angst, maintains the emotional pressure and completes the story beautifully.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: By My Side – Wendy Lou Jones

 

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Betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Lena is left empty; trapped under a weight of guilt and loneliness. Then, at her lowest point and when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger comes into her life with a tale of friendship, family, and finding love in the most unexpected of places…

Katy Heath is definitely not thinking of love when she comes across consultant, Adam Elliot, berating some poor patient on the ward one day. In fact it is Dr Peter Florin who quickly has everyone’s hearts aflutter with his easy smiles and practised charm.

Yet Katy comes to realise that there’s more to Adam than his determination to push everyone away and it’s not long before she finds herself longing to reach out to touch the man within, healing the pain of his past.

As Lena is drawn into Katy’s story, she begins to learn – just as Katy does – that the course of true love never did run smooth.

By My SideMy Review

 ‘By My Side’ is a well written medical romance with a unique twist. Authentic medical references give the story a realistic edge.
There are two stories in ‘By My Side’. The first adds a fascinating dimension, yet is so simple it doesn’t detract from the complex medical romance of the second story.
Lena is at a crossroads in her young life. Emotionally scarred she finds attending a funeral with her mother very difficult until left to her own devices she meets an enigmatic stranger who senses Lena is troubled and tries to help by telling how she met the love of her life after a funeral. Lena likes her new friend who knows and speaks well of her mother and gradually becomes enthralled in the story that she tells.
Katy is an A&E nurse, a likeable character who often speaks before she fully engages her brain. Adam is an Orthopaedic consultant who is dedicated and good at his job but struggles with his people skills. This flaw is a nice authentic touch. Damaged by his past Adam doesn’t want to like Katy but she starts to get under his skin. Their love story is full of twists and tragedy but the romance is heart warming.
The ending is surprising, poignant and hopeful.
The perfect read if you like medical romance with strong, emotional characters and are prepared to open your mind to new possibilities.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

By My Side by Wendy Lou Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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