Reading this book is like sitting down with a Devonshire cream tea on a warm and sunny afternoon.
Meet Willow Longville, our 26 year old, caring and absolutely hilarious protagonist. There is a never dull moment in Willow’s narrative, her thoughts and reactions just as lively as her dialogue. She has a unique and distinct voice right the way through the novel which will make you laugh, cry, clap and fling your arms up in frustration. But it’s her world and you feel more than welcome, like you’ve been there your entire life; she is the type of character that stays alive well past when you close the book.
‘It’s the first truly warm day of spring, and Mother Nature has come out to celebrate. In fact, she’s downed a bottle of vodka and is having a full-on rave …’
The tone is light, warm-hearted and funny, the perfect and easy read which lets you fall in love with new characters just as naturally as they fall for each other.
Willow’s life is less than simple, caring for her mother whilst also holding down two jobs, but her independence and stubbornness wouldn’t allow her to have it any other way – in fact, she loves her life!
But then she meets Tom, a stranger to the town and little does Willow know that this man might just change her life forever. His quirky, shy nature and love of nerdy t shirts just so happens to make the man even more attractive, challenging preconceived notions of hotness present in most romance novels. The chemistry between the characters is instant and endearing and together they find a fulfilment together that they were unable to find alone.
But the novel is about far more than romance. It encapsulates familial strains, the pain of caring for someone who often can’t remember who you are, as well as the joy of friendships and community.
For a romance novel, the characters are also extremely complex. Willow’s stubbornness and competitiveness being the youngest sibling. Tom’s childhood trauma resulting in his quiet adult self who prefers his own company. Lynnie Longville and her battle with Alzheimer’s. Each character has real pain, joys and sufferings, and it’s these qualities which make them real (but not always likeable; they act human, not perfect).
Besides, who wouldn’t want to read a book that has the line:
‘Bella Swan ate a frog.’
So what are you waiting for? British summer never lasts long enough, so pick up a copy and treat yourself to a cosy cream tea/book.
Copyright: Laura Davis © 2018, all rights reserved.