Wednesday 30 March 2022

Guest Review: The Village of Happy Ever Afters by Alison Sherlock

Molly Hopkins has happily watched all of her friends’ dreams come true on Riverside Lane.

Deciding to follow her passion for baking, Molly with the help of her friends takes the plunge and opens a Tea Garden in the village hoping to make it a summer to remember!

Meanwhile, after a rather public end of his marriage, Logan Armstrong trusts no one but his beloved Grandad. He just wants his brief stay in Cranbridge to be as quiet as possible. But his Grandad has other ideas; he dreams of seeing the old watermill working again which might just mean Logan has to ask the village for help.

Can Molly finally overcome her lack of confidence and believe in her abilities to make the tea garden a success?

Will Logan discover that Molly might just be the one to mend his broken heart? And will both of them realise that life is for living and loving?

Over a long hot summer in Cranbridge, perhaps everyone’s dreams of a happy-ever-after can finally come true.

Review: This is the fourth book in the Riverside Lane Series, all the stories being set in the pretty little village of Cranbridge, where the river runs through the middle. Each book in the series has focused on a different property in the village and its transformation by newcomers. There is a growing number of recurring characters with each successive addition to the series, but every book can still be read as a stand-alone. I have enjoyed all these stories and am looking forward to discovering what is next for Cranbridge.

The newcomer to the village in this story is furniture maker Logan Armstrong, whose grandfather has lived in the village all his life. Logan is escaping from the attention of the paparazzi following the very public break up of his marriage, and has rented one of the remaining empty and rundown riverside units in the village. While continuing with his successful business, Logan finds himself helping his grandfather fulfil his dream of restoring the village’s watermill. Another villager with a dream is Molly Hopkins, who would love to make more use of her baking skills. With the help of friends, now including Logan, she plans to open a tea garden on a plot of waste ground by the river. As Molly and Logan become closer, both begin to wonder what will happen at the end of summer when the tea garden will close and Logan plans to move on.

I have really enjoyed this book, as I did with all three previous books in this series. I can thoroughly recommend them all. The wonderful descriptions of the setting and the characters in these books have drawn me in every time so that I would love to visit this village and have a chat with some of the people there. There are four young women who are central to the series and I have enjoyed watching them follow their dreams one by one, helping the once rundown village to come back to life at the same time. I think that it is the mark of a good story if the reader finds themselves missing the characters once the book is finished and that is certainly the case here.

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