Wednesday 5 February 2020

Review: New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Two weddings and a baby…but who will get their happy ever after?
Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding

invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!

However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.
When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…
Escape to Scotland and fall in love with this gorgeous and inspiring romance from the bestselling author of Coming Home to Glendale Hall

Review: I jumped into this book and didn't want to put it down until I had finished it, I felt like I had to try and slow myself down so I wouldn't finish it too quickly because this is a book you're going to want to last. One of the things I loved about this novel is that it picks up right after Coming Home to Glendale Hall, the previous book in the series, but it deals with a side character that we met in book one for its main storyline and the main characters from book one become the side story in this one. 

Emily is a great character to get to know over the course of this novel. She has an optimistic outlook but  definite lack of self confidence and some of her home life is hardly ideal. It was so great to watch her grow and flourish when she arrives back in Glendale, her home town, and I loved watching the small ways that she changed and the alterations in her own self-belief as the story progressed. 

It was great to catch up with Beth, Drew and Izzy again after book one, as well as their housekeeper Sally and Drew's brother Rory. I felt like I was catching up with old friends and I loved getting to know what they had been up to. We also have a remarkable new character in this novel, Brodie, the local minister. If you are a fan of the hot priest from Fleabag, you will definitely be a fan of this minister and his relationship with the other characters in the cast. 

A lot of this book surrounds family life and also baking, so definitely have some tea and cake to hand for this one. But this storyline does delve deeper too and does a good job of covering addiction and also unconventional relationships and careers, something I wish was tackled more in adult fiction. I really enjoyed everything it had to say and it left me feeling so happy by the end, I could happily go back to the beginning and read it all over again. 

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