Wednesday 28 August 2019

Guest Review: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett

The summer she will never forget…
Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot…
But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!
And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?
Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

Review: This is book 2 in the Bluebell Castle trilogy from Sarah Bennett. Although it follows on from the first book in the series, Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle, and contains the same central characters, it could easily be read as a stand-alone. I found the story quite absorbing, and, in common with all the books I have read by this author, once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I reached the last page.

Once again, the story centres on Camland Castle (known informally as Bluebell Castle due to the huge display of the flowers every year), the Derbyshire home of the Ludworth family, who are struggling to hold onto their ancestral seat. Obviously an imposing property, the building and grounds require an injection of cash as well as hard work to return them to their former glory. The current baronet, Arthur, and his siblings are planning to open their home to the public. Arthur’s sister, Igraine, or Iggy for short, is the family member interested in the grounds and estate, and she is fighting a losing battle with the effects of neglect on the once grand gardens and woods surrounding the castle. Her realisation that she needs expert help in her endeavours brings her into contact with celebrity landscape gardener Will Talbot, who unexpectedly juggles his other commitments to help out. However Iggy may be attracted to this man, she has to wonder if his proclaimed interest in the project is genuine. Can she overcome her misgivings and follow her heart?

This is a wonderfully romantic story. The marvellous writing made it so easy to escape into the majestic house, wander through the gardens and become immersed in the history of the Ludworth family. The characters that Sarah Bennett has created are all so likeable, with the exception of Iggy’s mother, who was obviously out to make trouble; how can such a selfish character have given birth to such caring children? I loved the way in which Iggy battled with her initial distrust of Will’s motives and, on the other hand, how Will patiently bore her prickly attitude towards him. I was so worried that she might drive this lovely man away. This is definitely a heart warming and feel good story that I would recommend to sit down and read at any time. I can’t wait for the third part of this trilogy to land in my Kindle and find out what happens next to the Ludworth family.

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