Wednesday 16 August 2023

Guest Review: Summer at Forget-Me-Not Cottage by Helen Rolfe

Welcome back to Little Woodville.
Visit old friends and new in this super, summer escapist read.

Morgan Rosewood finds herself at a crossroads in her life after returning home to Forget-Me-Not Cottage to care for her ailing mother. She and boyfriend Ronan, had plans, big plans, but all these hopes and dreams are put on hold when Morgan's mum suddenly dies.

Morgan’s emotions are in turmoil but she sets about the task of clearing the house and running her late mother’s vintage market stall.

Nate Greene has his own reasons for staying away from Little Woodville. Nate needs to reconcile his past and tackle the long overdue task of decluttering the place he once loved - his abandoned wood workshop, filled to the brim with his creations.
He secures a stall at the local market to showcase his wares and it isn't long before the workshop reignites the passion he once shared with a special person.

Thrown together Morgan and Nate have their own personal battles to overcome.

Can the beautiful little Cotswold village teach two lost souls what matters,

and more importantly, will it give them each something they didn't come here for? Love...

Review: This book is part of the Little Woodville Series, romantic stories set in an idyllic Cotswolds village. I read the first book in the series and was delighted to be reunited with some of the characters from that story in this one. Each book can be read as a standalone. Like the last book, this one has an eye-catching cover depicting the eponymous cottage and the flowers that give it its name. 

The story centres on Morgan and Nate, each of them returning to the village of Little Woodville for the first time in a while. Morgan is clearing out her late mother’s house (Forget-Me-Not cottage) prior to moving to Scotland to join her fiancĂ©, while Nate, now resident in Wales, is checking up on his elderly father, who has been living alone in the village since the death of his wife. While sorting out her mother’s belongings, Morgan decides to run her mother’s market stall and sell off the remaining stock. Nate also ends up booking a stall at the market, where he wishes to sell some of the wooden items that he made long ago in his workshop attached to his one-time home. Morgan and Nate are brought together when they share a stall on the market and begin to learn each other’s stories. As time goes by, each of them begins to recognise a growing attachment to the other and to the village that was once their home. Can they change their plans and settle in this lovely village?

I can highly recommend this romantic tale with the blissful setting. The village of Little Woodville comes across as being so peaceful and filled with such friendly and helpful residents that you can’t imagine anyone not wanting to settle there. It really has everything going for it, including a bookshop with cafe, a bakery and a pizza shop, all selling mouthwatering food. In addition to Morgan and Nate, the story is brimming other interesting characters, each with their own tale to tell. I liked both Morgan and Nate and felt sympathy for them as they struggled with their situations. I hope to meet up with them and the other villagers if there is another book in this series.

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