#BookReview The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies #thebeekeeperscottage

ABOUT THE BOOK

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again? 
Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping the beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all… 
Fleeing to her best friend at the flower farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor in bright red Doc Martens. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping. 
As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay… 
Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

published by Bookouture

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

This book had me at the cover! A gorgeous house set in a gorgeous garden – it’s my idea of heaven!  And with the character of Grace I also found a kindred spirit! She’s always happiest when she’s in her garden! She understands the role it plays – both in nature and in her wellbeing! The peace it gives her from the stressful world around her, and the stressful situation she finds herself in when she calls it quits on her marriage of 32 years.  How she stayed with Paul for that long is beyond me, as his behaviour through the book had me shouting at him on numerous occasions! But she’s finally had enough and stands up for herself and wants to take back control of her own life.

Her dream is to keep her home where she tends her beehives, but her ex has other ideas for the future of the house so she is left to turn to her good friends for advice and help in thinking up ways to try and keep her dreams alive.  When Amos arrives in town he has everyone talking, not least Grace and she finds herself letting him help her – he’s not one to give much away though and she finds herself intrigued by him and his backstory as he’s always quite vague when people ask him.  I found myself wondering what he was hiding too!

I adored the setting and the characters of The Beekeeper’s Cottage – the scenery was brought to life so stunningly that you could almost hear the hum of the bees and the scent of the flowers in the garden!  In her ex you have the perfect villain to get you on the side of Grace and it was lovely to have  slightly older characters as the main focus of this story showing that you can follow your dreams whatever your age!  A wonderful read!!

★★★★★

#20BooksOfSummer The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E.Nesbit #bookreview

Back again and book #12 has been finished! This one was on my original list (yay me!) and it was one of the shorter length books so it made the perfect bedtime reading for me!

A legendary children’s story of sibling adventure, by the enchanting author of The Railway Children and Five Children and It, which has delighted countless generations of children

The Bastable children (Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavius—H.O.) live in London with their widowed father. Too poor to attend school, the children are left to their own devices, and they spend their days coming up with ingenious plans to restore their father’s fortune. Told from the first person perspective—which lends the narrative substantial bias—this was Nesbit’s first work. Refreshingly free of Victorian sentimentality, yet still wonderfully evocative of a bygone era, the tale makes for timeless reading. amd ensures Nesbit’s esteemed place in the canon of children’s literature.

Published by Hesperus Press

OTHER BOOKS IN SERIES

The Wouldbegoods

New Treasure Seekers

Oswald Bastable & others

MY REVIEW

This was a sweet and gentle read, just as relevant now as it was when it was written and features the Barstable children who had such an innocence about them that was so refreshing.

The topic of their adventure was quite poignant, as they were very poor – even too poor to attend school – but this was their attempts to come up with different ways to raise money for their widowed father and being such inventive and curious children, they always seemed to come up with fun and intriguing new ways to get some money. From writing, doing odd jobs, selling things and searching for treasure – there was always a new adventure for them to go on.

There were great touches of humour throughout but always a touching bond between them all and it was nice to read about a group of children with such imagination and seemingly no fear as they’d set out on each new venture

★★★