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~*~ ‘Pour out the Pimm’s, pull out the deckchair and lose yourself in this lovely, sweet, summery story!’ MILLY JOHNSON ~*~ The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the per ~*~ ‘Pour out the Pimm’s, pull out the deckchair and lose yourself in this lovely, sweet, summery story!’ MILLY JOHNSON ~*~ The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide... a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don't take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!  Heidi Swain is the perfect summer read - you'll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square. ‘Wise, warm and wonderful – a real summertreat!’ heat  magazine 'A fabulous feel good read – a ray of reading sunshine!’ LAURA KEMP, author of A Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness 'This book had it all for me! A beautiful setting, likeable characters and a wonderful plot. I was captivated from the first chapter. A charming book you will not want to put down!' NetGalley Reviewer ‘I loved Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. I always want to be best mates with the characters in Heidi’s books and this was no exception. A lovely summer read for fans of women’s fiction’ Bookworm Alice 'Absolutely delightful. There were so many twists and yet, it never went over the top, that's what I loved about it. I would absolutely recommend it to those who want to spend time with a lovely book in the summer. Get your cosiest spot and your choice of drink and read this book!' NetGalley Reviewer 'Worth far more than five stars - it's an amazing book, so well written and I just couldn't put it down. Has amazing characters and wonderful settling and plot to the story with many twists and turns' NetGalley Reviewer 'I’d love to live in Nightingale Square and be part of the community garden.I want to be friends with the characters. A lovely read for a spring/ summer evening' NetGalley Reviewer ~*~ What everyone is saying about Heidi Swain's other novels ~*~ ‘Sparkling and romantic’  My Weekly 'Sprinkled with Christmas sparkle' Trisha Ashley, author of The LIttle Teashop of Lost and Found 'A big, fat, cosy hug of a read... it will leave you with a warm glow!' Mandy Baggot, author of Those Summer Nights 'A story that captures your heart - engaging characters, a gorgeous setting and chickens! A winning formula' Chrissie Barlow, author of Evie's Year of Taking Chances


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~*~ ‘Pour out the Pimm’s, pull out the deckchair and lose yourself in this lovely, sweet, summery story!’ MILLY JOHNSON ~*~ The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the per ~*~ ‘Pour out the Pimm’s, pull out the deckchair and lose yourself in this lovely, sweet, summery story!’ MILLY JOHNSON ~*~ The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide... a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don't take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!  Heidi Swain is the perfect summer read - you'll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square. ‘Wise, warm and wonderful – a real summertreat!’ heat  magazine 'A fabulous feel good read – a ray of reading sunshine!’ LAURA KEMP, author of A Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness 'This book had it all for me! A beautiful setting, likeable characters and a wonderful plot. I was captivated from the first chapter. A charming book you will not want to put down!' NetGalley Reviewer ‘I loved Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. I always want to be best mates with the characters in Heidi’s books and this was no exception. A lovely summer read for fans of women’s fiction’ Bookworm Alice 'Absolutely delightful. There were so many twists and yet, it never went over the top, that's what I loved about it. I would absolutely recommend it to those who want to spend time with a lovely book in the summer. Get your cosiest spot and your choice of drink and read this book!' NetGalley Reviewer 'Worth far more than five stars - it's an amazing book, so well written and I just couldn't put it down. Has amazing characters and wonderful settling and plot to the story with many twists and turns' NetGalley Reviewer 'I’d love to live in Nightingale Square and be part of the community garden.I want to be friends with the characters. A lovely read for a spring/ summer evening' NetGalley Reviewer ~*~ What everyone is saying about Heidi Swain's other novels ~*~ ‘Sparkling and romantic’  My Weekly 'Sprinkled with Christmas sparkle' Trisha Ashley, author of The LIttle Teashop of Lost and Found 'A big, fat, cosy hug of a read... it will leave you with a warm glow!' Mandy Baggot, author of Those Summer Nights 'A story that captures your heart - engaging characters, a gorgeous setting and chickens! A winning formula' Chrissie Barlow, author of Evie's Year of Taking Chances

30 review for Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square

  1. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Newly separated Kate has decided to move away from the home she shared with her husband David in London to a place where no-one will know her so she can have time to herself and be alone. She finds a lovely little house in Nightingale Square in Norwich. However, not long after moving in she is welcomed to the square by feisty mum of three, Lisa, who tells her all about the parties and gatherings that the locals have on the green in front of her Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Newly separated Kate has decided to move away from the home she shared with her husband David in London to a place where no-one will know her so she can have time to herself and be alone. She finds a lovely little house in Nightingale Square in Norwich. However, not long after moving in she is welcomed to the square by feisty mum of three, Lisa, who tells her all about the parties and gatherings that the locals have on the green in front of her home and how much they are looking forward to Kate joining their little community. Kate agrees to attend one of the celebrations and soon finds herself given the task of trying to get the local council to grant them permission to use the green to grow veg – she doesn’t know how she is given the task but is determined to see it through. There is also the on-going issue of the large house at the end of the square, Prosperous Place. The house had been empty for many years, but now a team of developers wants to turn it into flats. The residents are quite rightly upset at the idea of the historic building being ruined, but better than the idea of the building being demolished completely. After an afternoon spent with her neighbour Harold, Kate and another neighbour, Carole decides to go and have a look at the gardens of Prosperous Place before they are destroyed. Unfortunately, someone is in the building and catches the pair red-handed. Who is this man and what has he got to do with the house? I’ve read a few of Heidi Swain’s books, so when I heard that she had a new book out I jumped at the chance to read it. Kate is a lovely character who has had a rough few years. We get to learn that her husband was unfaithful from the start. We also are kept guessing as to what else she is hiding as she refuses to tell people anymore, hoping to keep the rest of marriage breakdown a secret, though she does blame herself. There are a lot of wonderful secondary characters too, each with their own personalities which shone just as bright as Kates. Including nosy Carole and her husband Graham. New mum Heather who thought she was above others until she had her daughter and struggled to cope and her husband Glenn and lovable elderly Harold, amongst many more. If I’m perfectly honest I would hate to live in Nightingale Square. I’m a very private person, and some people would probably call me unsociable too. Living where people want you to join in community projects and be your best friend the moment you move in is my idea of hell. I’ll keep living in the city where hardly anyone knows me! The book is just divine to read. Yes, I had predicted some of the outcomes early on, but the joy was watching my predictions come to life and blossom. The words flowed and had an easy read feel to them. It was the perfect book to sit in the garden on a lazy sunny afternoon with – actually two lazy, sunny afternoons. This is an uplifting story of one woman finding herself again and discovering a sense of community and friends when she least expected them. It is heart-warming and was a complete joy to read. This is a book that will weave its way into your heart and leave you eager to read more by Ms. Swain.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    With a Heidi Swain novel, you always know you are going to get a great cast of characters, a fabulously English setting and the very dramatic ups and downs, comings and goings that can occur in a small town community. And this novel is no exception. Fan of Wynnbridge will be pleased to know that, whilst this novel is not set in our favourite market town, Kate, our main character is originally from there and is the sister in law of Jemma from the Cherry Tree cafe-hurrah! I loved this new setting f With a Heidi Swain novel, you always know you are going to get a great cast of characters, a fabulously English setting and the very dramatic ups and downs, comings and goings that can occur in a small town community. And this novel is no exception. Fan of Wynnbridge will be pleased to know that, whilst this novel is not set in our favourite market town, Kate, our main character is originally from there and is the sister in law of Jemma from the Cherry Tree cafe-hurrah! I loved this new setting for Heidi's novels because it meant that we got to meet a whole new set of characters, and because this is a small community, despite being part of a larger city, they all come and go from each others houses and obviously spend a great deal of time socialising in Nightingale Square. So if you are a fan of gossip and salacious stories, this is definitely going to keep you entertained from start to finish! Kate is a great character to get to know and I really hope we get to hear more from her in the future. She is someone who is being forced to start again and she knows exactly how her life is going to look. We have all fallen into this trap of thinking our lives have to start and end a certain way and we all know that Kate is in for a bit of a shock if she thinks everything is going to go the way she planned. Kate is also someone who has quite a few struggles in her life, from her personal and professional life, to her family life and her own self-esteem. I loved her flaws and I loved watching the journey she went on over the course of this novel. As I mentioned there are a whole host of other characters in the square. I sometimes had a little trouble keeping track of who was who, but that is really my only issue I had with this novel. One of the things that these characters brings to light is the importance of not just community, but of female friendship as well. There are some strong women in this community but they are even stronger when they support each other and back each other up. I loved that particular strand of the storyline. Of course there is some romance in this novel, it wouldn't be a Heidi Swain novel if there wasn't and Heidi really does keep us all on our toes right the way to the end, so if you're looking for insta-love, you're in the wrong place. But if you're a fan of the slow burn, aren't we all, then you're going to love some of the romantic aspects of this book. This really is a great book to have lined up for a sunny day in the garden, or more realistically a rainy day inside looking out at the plants growing. Its a great read and whether this is your first Heidi Swain novel or not, you're in for a treat!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Tess'x

    I absolutely LOVED this book. Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square was my first venture into a Heidi Swain novel, and oh my god, seriously, where have I been hiding?! I devoured this book in just 2 glorious sittings. I quickly became immersed with the characters and their lives and finding out more about the gorgeous Nightingale Square and the history behind Prosperous Place and the Wentworth legacy. I really enjoyed how the residents of Nightingale Square came together to try and save the I absolutely LOVED this book. Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square was my first venture into a Heidi Swain novel, and oh my god, seriously, where have I been hiding?! I devoured this book in just 2 glorious sittings. I quickly became immersed with the characters and their lives and finding out more about the gorgeous Nightingale Square and the history behind Prosperous Place and the Wentworth legacy. I really enjoyed how the residents of Nightingale Square came together to try and save their community as they know it. This book really has the potential to become 2018’s book of summer, it really leaves you bursting with happiness and love for the characters, Nightingale Square and of course, Prosperous Place and it’s history. A wonderful feel-good summery read that comes HIGHLY recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    A great cast of characters (some familiar from previous novels) help to make this a heart-warming and enjoyable read. I really want to live in Nightingale Square!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Z

    Kate moves to Nightingale Square to escape her ex husband and the life she knew in London only to find the close knit community a little different to what she expected. She ends up pulled into their ongoing interest with Prosperous Place, the large house on the square that seems to be in danger of being bought and demolished. Honestly, this was very simplistic and very cheesy. Kate as herself wasn't likeable and any hidden revelations about her past just weren't interesting, the characters who we Kate moves to Nightingale Square to escape her ex husband and the life she knew in London only to find the close knit community a little different to what she expected. She ends up pulled into their ongoing interest with Prosperous Place, the large house on the square that seems to be in danger of being bought and demolished. Honestly, this was very simplistic and very cheesy. Kate as herself wasn't likeable and any hidden revelations about her past just weren't interesting, the characters who were probably supposed to be charming just came across nosy and irritating and everyone seemed to fall into comfortable relationships with each other too quickly. Also the dialogue was cheesy and the way love and the concepts around it were discussed just didn't seem like adult discussions. They sounded like teen girls deciding what love was completely devoid of any real life (or indeed London or modern) style thinking. (view spoiler)[Lisa view on love and imposing them on Kate (regardless of how she felt) were increasingly irritating to me. I think it was supposed to be seen as cute or something, but that they couldn't work on her self esteem or suggest that she wasn't to blame without trying to plant another man on her was infuriating. WTF was Kate's issue with someone being a model for money? That section was so judgemental and so unnecessary all I could think was the author had to invent a reason she didn't initially like Luke and because she had written herself a ~perfect/hot/kind~ male protagonist ended up with the flimsiest premise ever. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa M

    Another stunning read from Heidi! She has not let me down yet. I have been fortunate to be given an advanced reading copy of her next novel (Poppy's Recipe for Life) and understood it was going to be set in Nightingale Square so felt it was high time I read this one too. Kate and Luke were the main characters, working together to bring the old manor house, Prosperous Place, back to its former glory - I was engrossed in the historical aspect of this novel. Though it never goes into great detail, I Another stunning read from Heidi! She has not let me down yet. I have been fortunate to be given an advanced reading copy of her next novel (Poppy's Recipe for Life) and understood it was going to be set in Nightingale Square so felt it was high time I read this one too. Kate and Luke were the main characters, working together to bring the old manor house, Prosperous Place, back to its former glory - I was engrossed in the historical aspect of this novel. Though it never goes into great detail, I really enjoyed reading bits about the history of the property and it's previous owners. The grandeur sounded breath-taking and I simply loved the communal garden that was started. Although Heidi has moved away from Wynbridge and it's rural location there was still a real community spirit and sense of companionship amongst the tight-knit neighbours in this suburb of Norwich. We were also treated to a few visits to the legendary Wynbridge and some of the previous characters for which I'm ever so grateful! I love to check-in on them and so looking forward to reading the next novel and find out what treats lie in store next!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Well I had been expecting a return to Wynbridge before I started this, as its the normal location used by the author and although it does make a cameo, the heart of the book is set around Nightingale Square in Norwich. We are introduced to all the residents of the houses on the square, and get to know a good deal about all of them. Though the main characters are Kate and Luke abd with them we get a fabulous story centering about their houses and a communal gardening space. I found the first half Well I had been expecting a return to Wynbridge before I started this, as its the normal location used by the author and although it does make a cameo, the heart of the book is set around Nightingale Square in Norwich. We are introduced to all the residents of the houses on the square, and get to know a good deal about all of them. Though the main characters are Kate and Luke abd with them we get a fabulous story centering about their houses and a communal gardening space. I found the first half of the book didn't engage me as much as I would have liked, but that may just be in part to having to get used to so many characters and sub plots in a short space of time. By the second half of the story, I was completely entranced! A thoroughly enjoyable story, with a mystery at its heart, as well as a great sense of community and well being. I loved all the aspects of it, once I got to grips with who's who, and I do hope this isn't the last we see of the residents of Nightingale Square. Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    First things first, that is one gorgeous book cover. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but sometimes, I can't help it. Also, being in isolation and lockdown for the most part this year, I can only dream of going to the countryside and escape but alas I am here reading these books with picturesque settings and beautiful covers. Kate has separated from her husband of eight years, David and is moving away from London where they lived together to a place which she doesn't share with David First things first, that is one gorgeous book cover. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but sometimes, I can't help it. Also, being in isolation and lockdown for the most part this year, I can only dream of going to the countryside and escape but alas I am here reading these books with picturesque settings and beautiful covers. Kate has separated from her husband of eight years, David and is moving away from London where they lived together to a place which she doesn't share with David. Her brother, Tom helps her with the move and then she starts to get settled in a gorgeous but dilapidated mansion, Nightingale square. She is welcomed by her neighbor, Lisa and they soon become good friends. The town, Norwich has a tight knit community and everyone welcomes Kate with open arms and open hearts. Then they find out that Prosperous Place, another mansion with rich history is being torn down by the developers and rumor has it that there are going to be units built up there. Kate and the town folk don't like it as they don't want to lose the original mansion. Then a handsome stranger rocks up and first the town folk think that he is one of the developers but they find out that he is actually a descendant of Charles Wentworth whom the original Prosperous Place belonged to and the handsome stranger is here to restore his legacy. And of course, that handsome stranger is also interested in a little more than the place itself (Kate). Kate was harboring a secret and when it is revealed what it was, I couldn't believe how stupid it was because there was a lot of buildup about that secret in the story. I also could not bring myself to care about Kate. There was nothing remarkable about her character. Then there was Lisa, Kate's neighbor and friend who was so annoying that I wanted to slap her more than once and I am not even a violent person. This is my second read from Heidi Swain and I get that she writes this tight knit community, building together and staying together kinda stuff but Lisa was way too nosy and she got on my last nerve. She kept on saying these things about how Kate should find someone as there is more than 'the one' person for everyone and all. I understand her message because I am not getting into the whole, 'why do you need someone to be happy? thing' but there were other ways to go about that than the way Lisa went about. I really really hated her character. Heather was no better. That handsome stranger, Luke wasn't there all that much for me to form an opinion of him. The only character that I actually liked was John who was married to Lisa. He was such a sweetheart. Everyone else was just okay or I didn't really care about them at all. Romance wasn't all that much in the book and I didn't even mind that but I was wondering throughout that how did Kate get by all these months without a regular income. Sure she got money in the divorce but she bought this place in cash with some of that money and yes, she has some money in the bank but renovations, bills, groceries and other daily expenses are going to pile up. Aren't they? When I read Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by this author, I didn't like the MC in that but other than that I actually enjoyed that book but this felt dull in comparison. Nothing other than the nosy neighbors happens for the most part and things only moved in the last 100 pages or so. I didn't mind the writing and I like when people get their HEA but in this I honestly couldn't care less. I already have the next book in the series but one good thing about this series is or at least that's what I think is that Heidi Swain's series are all about different characters and their stories so I will be reading the next. 2 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Skyesmum

    Oh my goodness, I NEEDED this book. I have been swept away with the sheer charm and delight of the writing, the characters and the story. This is my first Heidi Swain book, but I have been totally captivated by her wonderful writing. I loved the setting of Nightingale Square in Norwich, a city I know a little. I feel like I am late to an established party, but I am hoping to stake my claim to fandom. Loved it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Really enjoyed this story. Kate leaves her London home to get away from her cheating husband and what a twisted mess. In her attempt to move into a place where she can start fresh and no one knows her. She finds something she never expected and is what she needed. The other characters, her new neighbors, are a fun bunch and quirky in their own way but they become the people she needed. Kate does get what more than she expected and I'm happy with the ending. Really enjoyed this story. Kate leaves her London home to get away from her cheating husband and what a twisted mess. In her attempt to move into a place where she can start fresh and no one knows her. She finds something she never expected and is what she needed. The other characters, her new neighbors, are a fun bunch and quirky in their own way but they become the people she needed. Kate does get what more than she expected and I'm happy with the ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    Worth far more than the five stars it's an amazing book so well written and just couldn't put it down. Has amazing characters and wonderful settling and plot to the story with many twists and turns. Full of starting over and making a new life with making wonderful friends and romance into the story as well. Couldn't put the book down and didn't want it to end either just lived it so much and really reminded me of summer. Kate is divorcing her husband and needs to leave London and start again so Worth far more than the five stars it's an amazing book so well written and just couldn't put it down. Has amazing characters and wonderful settling and plot to the story with many twists and turns. Full of starting over and making a new life with making wonderful friends and romance into the story as well. Couldn't put the book down and didn't want it to end either just lived it so much and really reminded me of summer. Kate is divorcing her husband and needs to leave London and start again so she buys a beautful little cottage on nightingale square in Norfolk and she is hoping for a quiet live to decide where to go next but she soon realises it's not going to be that way. Neighbours turn up on her doorstep trying to be friendly. She soon builds a close friendship with Lisa her bossy neighbour as she won't take no for an answer. The neighbours are wanting to a community garden and get Kate to campaign for this which she wasn't expecting. They also learn the big mansion house on the other side of the village is to be sold to developers and they aren't happy. But they think every chance of hope is lost with a community garden when they get invited to the house and meet a handsome stranger but can he turn things around and Kate find romance and be happy or when she thinks all hope is lost she goes back home but will she be found and be happy or not. Such a highly recommended book to read as so loved it and want others to enjoy this to.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Once again Heidi jo has delivered an outstanding book full of warm caring and some very inquisitive characters. Kate making way in her new life as a singelton,buying a new house and new life is always a bit daunting her new neighbours the fabulous Heather and the rather nosey Lisa made for page turning reading was great to dip in and out of wynbridge and hear that cherry tree cafe is doing so well, where it all started really. David was a law unto himself and the charismatic l ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Once again Heidi jo has delivered an outstanding book full of warm caring and some very inquisitive characters. Kate making way in her new life as a singelton,buying a new house and new life is always a bit daunting her new neighbours the fabulous Heather and the rather nosey Lisa made for page turning reading was great to dip in and out of wynbridge and hear that cherry tree cafe is doing so well, where it all started really. David was a law unto himself and the charismatic luke well what can one say!!. I loved every single page of this book it was Truely a very magical place at nightingale square definitely 5***** plus.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Someone please get me the bus times for a trip to Wynbridge and Nightingale Square, please!! Whilst this book isn’t set in Wynbridge like many of the other books in the series, several characters you may recognise, do pop up now and again as the story progresses. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you end up squealing with ‘OMG I KNOW THEM!!!!’. Obviously, you don’t KNOW them as such, but due to the fact that All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Someone please get me the bus times for a trip to Wynbridge and Nightingale Square, please!! Whilst this book isn’t set in Wynbridge like many of the other books in the series, several characters you may recognise, do pop up now and again as the story progresses. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you end up squealing with ‘OMG I KNOW THEM!!!!’. Obviously, you don’t KNOW them as such, but due to the fact that Heidi Swain allows her readers to feel as though they’re catching up with a bunch of good friends every time, it is quite difficult to not get excited when places like ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ or ‘Skylark Farm’ pop up with your newfound besties in tow. Kate, oh Kate – she hasn’t had the nicest of times recently. She doesn’t even share the truth with us into later on in the book! Poor Kate’s marriage has taken a nosedive and, despite the fact that the break up wasn’t actually her fault, Kate can’t help but feel guilty for wanting something in her life that her husband didn’t. With a new home to settle into, Kate is determined to make a new life for herself away from the drama of her past. However, moving to such a small village has it’s downsides – everyone wants to know your business and if you tell one person, the rest of the residents will find out by the time you’ve closed your front door. I couldn’t help but laugh when Kate’s new neighbour, Lisa, waltzed into her new home as though she had known Kate for years. Her intentions were good then, but I have to say Lisa’s character ended up getting on my wick as the story progressed. She seemed to go from being a genuinely nice neighbour, to someone who couldn’t see further than her own nose and believed that she was right about everything. Lisa may have meant well, but in my eyes her interfering became stagnant very, very quickly. I absolutely ADORED the historical feel to #SunshineandSweetpeas! What a brilliant idea to focus on something so grand, bringing all of the residents in the village together to see if they could get to the bottom of the unsolved mystery involving a certain house. I was probably hooked on the book way before the history parts of the storyline, but I have to say that those parts cemented my love for the entire storyline right there and then. Just like any other Heidi Swain novel, this book contains a character who catches everyone’s eye as well as their intrigue. Who is this man? Why is he here? What is his story? As an honorary resident of Nightingale Square, I couldn’t help but feel protective towards the other characters and the history which surrounds the square, so when the new character appeared my barriers went up as I didn’t want Kate to come to more harm. Daft I know, but true. What I love most about Heidi Swain’s novels is the way she brings her characters to life, tying them all together with relatable situations her readers would no doubt find themselves relating to in various different ways. Every visit to Wynbridge and the surrounding areas, in my eyes, is like going back home to a place where you feel safest, content, loved and energised. A place where more people are your friends, and fewer people are your enemies. I have everything crossed that Heidi Swain continues to write books which branch off from Wynbridge as I would be incredibly devastated to see this series come to an end. I cannot fault #SunshineandSweetpeas at all. From the very first moment I started reading, I knew I was going to fall in love with the characters and Nightingale Square – and I was right, I did. I love this book (and the series) so much, it actually makes me emotional and I have no idea why. This book is utter perfection, beautifully written, thought-provoking, endearing, and beyond loveable. Heidi Swain is a truly, truly outstanding author who delivers her stories with such magnetism, grace, and bucketfuls of hugs, never failing to deliver. Absolutely outstanding – I want to read it all over again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carole Hearn

    What a beautiful story of love and friendship. Really easy to read and I loved how the characters formed their friendships. Highly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    I read Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain on holiday last week. I finished it just over a day. I could not put it down. Well written, with a good story, likeable interesting characters, it is a great read for the summer. If you haven't read any of Heidi's books yet I would certainly recommend them. There was only one problem with this book, I read it too quickly and now have to wait for her next one to be released. I read Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain on holiday last week. I finished it just over a day. I could not put it down. Well written, with a good story, likeable interesting characters, it is a great read for the summer. If you haven't read any of Heidi's books yet I would certainly recommend them. There was only one problem with this book, I read it too quickly and now have to wait for her next one to be released.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* We are always in for a treat with Heidi Swain. This time she takes us to a new setting, which also means getting to know new characters, yay!!! We follow Kate, who is on the run from her almost ex-husband. He wants her back and she just wants to get away from him. In Nightingale Square she has found a great hiding spot. It’s a fab place, everyone meets there and a lot of gossiping and socializing is happening. When developers buy the *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* We are always in for a treat with Heidi Swain. This time she takes us to a new setting, which also means getting to know new characters, yay!!! We follow Kate, who is on the run from her almost ex-husband. He wants her back and she just wants to get away from him. In Nightingale Square she has found a great hiding spot. It’s a fab place, everyone meets there and a lot of gossiping and socializing is happening. When developers buy the big mansion on the other side of the square all hope is lost. The sense of community is wonderful in this story and so are the friendships, which are portrayed. Kate is a very authentic and real characters, who went through a lot in her life, but fights for what she wants. This book has it all! A wonderful set of characters, a fab setting, plenty of surprises, a bit of mystery and love. The book is full of twists and turns, the storyline flows beautifully and Heidi Swain's style is just wonderful. It's a cosy romance, perfect for a sunny day in the garden.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Heidi has done it again, another truly amazing delightful and heart-warming story that I just fell in love with and completely got lost in. She has such a way with words that her style of writing is truly perfect is every way. I loved the location of Nightingale Square, it sounded truly idyllic and picturesque and I completely fell in love with all of the residents and loved how they all come together as a community and support each other and how welcoming everyone is. I think I'd quite like to Heidi has done it again, another truly amazing delightful and heart-warming story that I just fell in love with and completely got lost in. She has such a way with words that her style of writing is truly perfect is every way. I loved the location of Nightingale Square, it sounded truly idyllic and picturesque and I completely fell in love with all of the residents and loved how they all come together as a community and support each other and how welcoming everyone is. I think I'd quite like to live there myself. As for the Victorian mansion and the story surrounding it, I completely loved the mystery element that was intricately woven into the story as a whole and couldn't turn the pages fast enough so as to discover the outcome of it all. It was also highly entertaining with plenty of surprises thrown in along the way, but I won't say any more than that as wouldn't want to give anything away. Last words, I always look forward to Heidi's books as I know when I read one, I'm always in for a treat. So if you haven't had the pleasure of reading her books yet, then don't delay anymore.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina Tacey

    A sweet and bright tale that moves quickly and draws you in with its wonderfully beautiful characters. If you can read this heart-warming story of a lady running from her past, with the intention of not getting too close to people, but eventually making some lovely friendships, without getting the urge to go out in the sunshine, start a garden and make new friends, are we even reading the same book? I like a book to build the characters up, and explore them so we grow to love them and want them to A sweet and bright tale that moves quickly and draws you in with its wonderfully beautiful characters. If you can read this heart-warming story of a lady running from her past, with the intention of not getting too close to people, but eventually making some lovely friendships, without getting the urge to go out in the sunshine, start a garden and make new friends, are we even reading the same book? I like a book to build the characters up, and explore them so we grow to love them and want them to get their happily ever after. Which means, normally I like a slower paced book. This book was much more fast paced, I felt like something exciting was always happening, from ex-husbands, to new men, babies and gardening. But even with this fast paced excitement, I didn't feel the character development lacked, in fact I think i was brought into the excitement even more, so I really wanted everything to be ok for Kate in then end. Kate's bizarre view on love, happiness and happy ever after's was a little crazy but I can quite see why people may think this. As much as I was definitely more on board with Lisa's way of thinking, I could quite see how Kate who was blissfully in love with a man she thought was her soul mate, might believe that was her happy ending gone forever. This book had a complete different feel to the usual chick lit story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was really invested in the small patch of garden the residents wanted, and I really wanted Heather, the new mum to realise that what we think of motherhood before children is very different to the reality. I don't know how I would feel if I lived in Nightingale Square, but the idea of a quaint village where everyone knows and supports each other, sounds blissful but I fear reality would be a lot of nosiness and not a lot of privacy, but reading about this cute little square where everyone is friends was divine. I loved the colourful array of characters and how they all came together. I wasn't a huge fan of the exe's storyline, how the two exes came together. I feel that was a little unrealistic but I can see it made better story telling. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I half read and half listened on Audible, and it was absolutely fine to do either. I find some books I can happily listen to and just immerse myself in the story, other times I really need to read along and listen and take the story in. This book was fine either way! Which makes it a very enjoyable book to read a long or listen to in the car. ★⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars. A cute read which makes you pine for village life and new friendships. I didn't like the ex running away storyline but the rest was perfect.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    This is a lovely warm bath of a novel: something you can sink into and forget about the world for a bit in. I always feel that it can be a delicate balance writing romance, but Sweet Peas and Sunshine hit the perfect note, and the end result was something charming, light-hearted and very easy to read. Following on from her Cherry Tree Cafe series, Heidi Swain’s new heroine is Kate, recently divorced from her philandering husband David, and nursing a broken heart that sees her impulsively buy a ho This is a lovely warm bath of a novel: something you can sink into and forget about the world for a bit in. I always feel that it can be a delicate balance writing romance, but Sweet Peas and Sunshine hit the perfect note, and the end result was something charming, light-hearted and very easy to read. Following on from her Cherry Tree Cafe series, Heidi Swain’s new heroine is Kate, recently divorced from her philandering husband David, and nursing a broken heart that sees her impulsively buy a house in Norwich- Nightingale Square, to be exact, which is hiding some secrets of its own. Though Kate wants to hide from the world, it’s not quite as simple as that- of course- and we soon find her embroiled in the lives of the square’s inhabitants: people that I, quite frankly, want as my neighbours. From the motherly Lisa, who forms a fast friendship with Kate, to the nosy Carole, and the elderly Harold, whose history is tied up with that of the square’s, we get to know and care about them as they bring Kate out of her shell. The lovely thing is that Swain spends as much time and care on these characters as she does the main character, with the result that you feel like you’re reading about a big, happy family. Not quite what you think you’re going to get in the middle of a city- this feels more like a small village (their meddling in Kate’s love life makes for some of the most hilarious reading in the entire book, and feels all to familiar to me as a small-town person myself!)- but the end result is that you feel like you care about them almost as much as she does. It’s actually hard to pick my favourite character, but I have to say that watching Kate find her feet and grow in confidence- the story’s main plotline, alongside a handful of smaller plots from life in the square- is really great. She’s a great heroine: independent, strong, friendly, and (despite a sometimes irritating insistence that her breakup spells the end of all happiness for her, for ever) soon busy digging into the square’s history. The square’s history is the other main plot thread, where we find our love interest, Luke, who is connected to the large mansion abutting the square (the both were built by a Victorian benefactor whose family line and heirlooms have mysteriously disappeared). And the romance between him and Kate is just as good as you’d hope: it feels real, natural and very endearing- but I also enjoyed the revelation that he’s hiding a secret past as an underwear model. Whatever pays the bills! Sweet, comforting and warm as a mug of hot chocolate (with perhaps a dash of spice), Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square is the perfect summer read, perfectly balancing plot and intrigue with romance and genuine, warm friendships.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma Star Crossed Reviews

    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book. I was so excited when I was asked to take part in this tour. I've read a few of Heidi's books and I just adore her writing style!  In this book we follow Kate as she is about to move to Norwic This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book. I was so excited when I was asked to take part in this tour. I've read a few of Heidi's books and I just adore her writing style!  In this book we follow Kate as she is about to move to Norwich following the break up of her marriage. I was very excited about the book being set in Norwich as I live close(ish) by in Ipswich. Kate moves in to Nightingale Square after learning the history of the place. I actually looked this up to see if it was true but sadly I could find no evidence so I have to assume Heidi made this all up in that wonderful head of hers.  When I saw the book was set in Norwich I worried we might  loose that community spirit feel that Heidi's other books have but fear not Nightingale Square is a small community in a big city. These residents pull together and help each other in a way you wouldn't expect for those living in a city.  My favourite character is Lisa. She might be a bit gobby but she has a heart of gold. She would do anything for her friends, while running around after three children, well 4 if you include her husband. I was so so happy with the ending of Lisa's story. Honestly, I had happy tears in my eyes. It was perfect.  This book had everything you need for a perfect afternoon in the sun. There's the heart warming characters that you just can't help but fall in love with, a mystery or two to unravel and a big fat happy ever after that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.  If you haven't read Heidi's books before now (have you been under a rock?) then I would HIGHLY recommend you start. 

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Williams

    This series is amazing it just gets better and better. This book is slightly different and isn't based in wynbridge but Norfolk in a small town where there are a group of houses all built into a square called nightingale square by a very large house that is up for sale. Kate has just come out of a bad marriage where her husband cheated and something else happened that she won't tell anybody about. She loves away from London for a few start and her family come from wynbridge but she finds a lovel This series is amazing it just gets better and better. This book is slightly different and isn't based in wynbridge but Norfolk in a small town where there are a group of houses all built into a square called nightingale square by a very large house that is up for sale. Kate has just come out of a bad marriage where her husband cheated and something else happened that she won't tell anybody about. She loves away from London for a few start and her family come from wynbridge but she finds a lovely house in nightingale square and can't wait to start a very quiet hidden away life. Unfortunately what she didn't bank on was the fact that this small area has a real community feel. They hold a lot of parties on the green and start working together to halt the builders moving in to demolish the large house. Kate makes some very good friends Lisa and Heather who come together to try to help her realise that life does not mean you only get one love of your life and if you lose it that's it you don't get another try. In comes luke who buys the large house and saves it from the builders and decides to let the square residents have a community garden in the grounds of the house. He has fallen in love with the house in a big way as he has family connections to it and to someone else. It was such a fantastic easy read. I have read all the series and can not wait to read the new book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noemi Proietti

    Let me just say that, despite the long length of the book (more than 400 pages), I read this heartwarming and engrossing novel in two days. I found the characters realistic and likable and I was completely immersed in their stories and their lives. I was also fascinated by the history surrounding Nightingale Square and the families who used to live there and, along with Kate, I enjoyed to find out more. The main protagonist of the novel is Kate. She believes in one true love. She believes that pe Let me just say that, despite the long length of the book (more than 400 pages), I read this heartwarming and engrossing novel in two days. I found the characters realistic and likable and I was completely immersed in their stories and their lives. I was also fascinated by the history surrounding Nightingale Square and the families who used to live there and, along with Kate, I enjoyed to find out more. The main protagonist of the novel is Kate. She believes in one true love. She believes that people can give their heart to just one person during their lifetime, so when her marriage to David ends under terrible circumstances but ‘amicably’ (in her own words), she decides to leave her life in London and her job to start a new and lonely life in Norwich. She has found the perfect house in Nightingale Square and she believes she will be happy there on her own. But, she has barely the time to open her first box, that a neighbour is already knocking on her door and barging in. Soon, Kate forgets about her desire to be alone and she finds herself surrounded by her neighbours, who soon turns into friends, and then her family. There is mother-of-three Lisa who, in her bossy way, quickly takes Kate under her wing. Then there is new mom Heather who is struggling with motherhood. Nosy Carole who knows everything that goes on in the neighbourhood, and elderly Harold, who knows the history of the square and the family who used to own Prosperous Place, the large mansion by it. Also, the arrival of mysterious Luke maybe will give Kate the chance to change her mind about having just one love in her life. The characters and their sense of community really come to life under Heidi Swain’s pen and I really enjoyed getting to know them, page after page. The setting seems idyllic, away from the noise of the city and surrounded by gardens, and it is very evocative and atmospheric. The engaging characters, the beautiful setting, the entertaining stories, the brilliant and flawless writing create a refreshing and unique story that I couldn’t put down and I’d like to thanks Simon and Schuster UK and Harriet Collins for providing me with a copy of the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joanne D'Arcy

    Having found a little hideaway in a lovely cottage in Nightingale Square Kate thinks she may be able to escape not just her family who live in Wynbridge (featured in Heidi Swain’s other books) but also her soon to be ex-husband David. His indiscretions can no longer be ignored. However hiding away is not what the locals have in mind for Kate. When the whirlwind that is Lisa arrives, with her children in tow as well as Heather and her new perfect baby, Kate is thrust into community life and has to Having found a little hideaway in a lovely cottage in Nightingale Square Kate thinks she may be able to escape not just her family who live in Wynbridge (featured in Heidi Swain’s other books) but also her soon to be ex-husband David. His indiscretions can no longer be ignored. However hiding away is not what the locals have in mind for Kate. When the whirlwind that is Lisa arrives, with her children in tow as well as Heather and her new perfect baby, Kate is thrust into community life and has to face perhaps some of the baggage she has been holding onto. But it is not just the cottage that interests Kate but also the big house that dominates the square – Prosperous Place. When Prosperous Place is sold, the community fears that it may be developed and the feel of the square will change. But the new owner, Luke has some link to the house and wants to bring it back to what it was and when he lets the community use the gardens for a community allotment he gets a lot more than extra vegetables. He starts to make friends………. Kate’s background in history and antiques means that she is in an ideal position to help Luke but when the past no longer remains history and comes screaming back into the present it looks like Nightingale Square could well change forever. I thought I was going to get another story from Wynbridge, as I have grown to love that place and all its characters. Whilst this book is connected (Kate is Jemma’s (Cherry Tree Cafe) sister-in-law) it firmly takes place in the square. It has a mystery from the past, a sense of community, great characters and some well written annoying ones who could get under your skin within a couple of sentences. All signs of a great read and one you will not want to put down, in fact I would have happily packed my bags and gone and lived there. There is a skill to writing books which drag you not just into the story but also to care about all the characters, no matter how much of a role they play. This and any of Heidi Swain’s novels meet that requirement. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square is out now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Baker

    Heidi has yet again won my heart with her gorgeous book! I loved the community feel created in this book, despite the setting being in a city this time. She has managed to create a village within a busy area. I enjoyed meeting all the new characters, especially Kate, who despite a difficult start blossoms beautifully as the story progresses , much like the communal garden she helps to create! Heidi is fabulous at having surprises in her books, and this one was no exception. Totally unexpected but Heidi has yet again won my heart with her gorgeous book! I loved the community feel created in this book, despite the setting being in a city this time. She has managed to create a village within a busy area. I enjoyed meeting all the new characters, especially Kate, who despite a difficult start blossoms beautifully as the story progresses , much like the communal garden she helps to create! Heidi is fabulous at having surprises in her books, and this one was no exception. Totally unexpected but absolutely finishes the story perfectly. I am never disappointed with Heidi’s books, they give me such pleasure to read and a desire to be in the story myself, as the characters become friends and I adore the close knit communities that she creates. ❤️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)

    Another fab read by the wonderful Heidi Swain I loved my time in Nightingale Square! I warmed to Kate immediately, including the other Nightingale Square residents that welcomed Kate with open arms. I enjoyed reading Kate’s story, her chance of starting again and being part of a wonderful community. I love Heidi’s writing, it’s so easy to get involved and lost in a Heidi book. I enjoyed the friendship between Kate, Lisa and Heather.. friends who you can laugh with but who aren’t afraid to tell y Another fab read by the wonderful Heidi Swain I loved my time in Nightingale Square! I warmed to Kate immediately, including the other Nightingale Square residents that welcomed Kate with open arms. I enjoyed reading Kate’s story, her chance of starting again and being part of a wonderful community. I love Heidi’s writing, it’s so easy to get involved and lost in a Heidi book. I enjoyed the friendship between Kate, Lisa and Heather.. friends who you can laugh with but who aren’t afraid to tell you as it is and be there for a hug when things fall apart. Finally Luke 😍 my new fictional boyfriend..! I loved his character, a charming gentleman with a heart of gold. This was such a pleasure to read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Three and a half

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    I listened to this on audio as a bedtime story so I'm afraid I fell asleep for much of it. It was a bit bland for me but very pleasant. An ideal bedtime read. I listened to this on audio as a bedtime story so I'm afraid I fell asleep for much of it. It was a bit bland for me but very pleasant. An ideal bedtime read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-jane Kemp

    Community garden... a bit of a family history mystery and plenty of soppy romance. Such an enjoyable book with lovely characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    Sweet and predictable. Should be 3* but I really needed to read something nice and this book delivered!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam Bakunzi

    This was a little slow going but really was an amazing read. Great friendship and family Dynamics.

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