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A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs Maddy Young thought she had it all. Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick. Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs Maddy Young thought she had it all. Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick. Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?


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A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs Maddy Young thought she had it all. Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick. Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs Maddy Young thought she had it all. Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick. Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

30 review for Escape to Giddywell Grange

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Celine is my idol. She’s elegant, dramatic, stunning and just amazing. She takes no crap from anyone. She’s a badass. If I could be anyone in life, I’d want to be her. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, Mads, even Richard Branson and Beyoncé. It’s what we choose to do with it which makes all the difference. I’m so looking forward to reading these books. I love a good murder, the more gruesome the better. And Lei loves all these bloody daft romances that you’ve brought her too. Favorite Quotes: Celine is my idol. She’s elegant, dramatic, stunning and just amazing. She takes no crap from anyone. She’s a badass. If I could be anyone in life, I’d want to be her. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, Mads, even Richard Branson and Beyoncé. It’s what we choose to do with it which makes all the difference. I’m so looking forward to reading these books. I love a good murder, the more gruesome the better. And Lei loves all these bloody daft romances that you’ve brought her too. Hope there’s no saucy books in there. I don’t want her getting ideas and ravishing me. I don’t think my heart is up to it these days. Seeing something pink and white heading towards my face, I reached out and realised, to my absolute horror, that I had caught a pair of false teeth in my hands. I looked over and one of the old ladies in the front row was laughing her head off! I screamed and dropped them, which made her cackle some more. Hayley came over and apologised, saying that she should perhaps have warned me that Betty had a habit of laughing so much that her teeth flew out. My Review: I enjoyed this insightful and amusing British women’s fiction tale told from the first person POV of a designer power suit and high heels wearing corporate workaholic named Madison, “Maddy” to her friends. When her boss told Maddy to come in early before work to talk, Maddy had believed herself to be in line for a big promotion as she had been slaving away by coming in early, staying late, and working weekends for many years. While looking at the desk she planned to be taking over and envisioning how she would organize her own possessions in the space, her boss quickly informed her she no longer had a job at all due to budget cuts or made “redundant” as the Brits say. A stunned Maddy was immediately released to clean out her desk and informed to leave behind her laptop, phone, and that later the company car would be retrieved. Yikes. Being at loose ends, Maddy found she time to spend with her long-neglected mother and tackle several lingering paternal questions and issues of her childhood, as well as pitch in to help her best friend, Beth, who required surgery. In a vast departure from her Louboutin wearing corporate days, Maddy took on partial duties at Beth’s doggy daycare business as well as several unusual obligations to community projects during Beth’s long recovery. Maddy began to realize she was happier than she had been in years and felt uplifted and fulfilled by completing tasks she would never have considered doing on her own, such as a singing engagement in a care home, delivering books to shut-ins, farm chores, and doggy wrangling – which included poo duty. Maddy’s evolution and eventual life-changing transformation were pleasantly entertaining and cleverly amusing. I enjoyed Ms. Nash’s levity and wit as well as the strengths and skills she bestowed on her characters. The storylines were relatable, easy to follow, and laced with humor and perceptive observations, and populated with an endearing and quirky group of characters. I addition to being delightfully entertained, Ms. Nash provided me with several new additions to my newly renamed “Brit List of Words and Sayings.” Mr. Google and the Urban Dictionary were dutifully consulted for definitions for 1) having it off – which is British informal for having sex which some may consider rather rude; 2) lairy – which is slang for showing a loud or aggressive attitude, picking a fight, or being argumentative; and 3) pull my finger out – which amounts to stop dithering and get busy or “any lack of activity when something needs doing,” and I don’t believe I need to point out where that finger is supposedly lodged… do I? ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    San

    Lately life isn’t easy for Maddy Young. She lost everything important in her life: job, apartment and the boyfriend. Now she is lonely, jobless, 37 and really unhappy. But she is given opportunity to do something different and help her friend Beth, the owner of Growlers, doggy day-care. Beth will have operation so she won’t be able to take care of Growlers and that’s why Maddy becomes involved with new community where she meets many lovely people. And there’s also Alex, Beth’s brother and you can Lately life isn’t easy for Maddy Young. She lost everything important in her life: job, apartment and the boyfriend. Now she is lonely, jobless, 37 and really unhappy. But she is given opportunity to do something different and help her friend Beth, the owner of Growlers, doggy day-care. Beth will have operation so she won’t be able to take care of Growlers and that’s why Maddy becomes involved with new community where she meets many lovely people. And there’s also Alex, Beth’s brother and you can help but notice connection between him and Maddy. But she is given opportunity to do something different and help her friend Beth, the owner of Growlers, doggy day-care. Beth will have operation so she won’t be able to take care of Growlers and that’s why Maddy becomes involved with new community where she meets many lovely people. And there’s also Alex, Beth’s brother and you can help but notice connection between him and Maddy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    My word I can't recommend this book enough this author is amazing the book is so well written and has you hooked straight away. The characters are amazing along with the story plot. It's full of romance and learning to love life again and that there is more to life than work. It's worth far more than five stars as simply amazingly well written and didn't want it to end at all. Left you hooked right till the end. Maddie has it all the perfect job, posh car and lovely apartment and she has to turn My word I can't recommend this book enough this author is amazing the book is so well written and has you hooked straight away. The characters are amazing along with the story plot. It's full of romance and learning to love life again and that there is more to life than work. It's worth far more than five stars as simply amazingly well written and didn't want it to end at all. Left you hooked right till the end. Maddie has it all the perfect job, posh car and lovely apartment and she has to turn friends down many a time in favour of work. She hasn't been with her ex boyfriend for a number of years now after she caught him in bed with someone else. Once day she goes to work and thinks she's getting a promotion but learns she is loosing her job and she doesn't know how to cope with this. She goes to her mum back to her home town Giddywell and while there she sees her best friend for years Beth who runs growlers doggy day care on the family farm. Beth wants her to see there is more to life than work and with Beth going into hospital for an operation she asks Maddie if she can help out at the doggy day care and she jumps at the change she also takes up other jobs that Beth undertook with one of them volunteering at the library and seeing elderly housebound people. She soon starts to settle in to life and even when she's offered a place to live on the farm she jumps at the change and let's her posh apartment go. She's really beginning to enjoy her life and making new friends and she enjoys seeing more of her mum and she gets brace to ask about her father who she never knew and her mum finally opens up about it. One day she gets a message from her ex and she meets up with him will she slip back into her old life when he offers her he perfect job. One of her biggest problems is Alex Beth's brother she has always had a thing for him but knows he has a long term girlfriend but they do start getting a bit closer and when she hears a message on his phone will she realise what her life should be like or not will she be with the right person and will she discover a secret her mum has been hiding recently to and will she be able to be a family again and will she discover which job she really wants. Magical perfect read amazing praise to this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Redundant. Ten years of her life. Over. That is pretty much how Maddy Young feels. It is all over. Great job, apartment, company car. Gone. She also lost the man in her life due to a breakup. Maddy has an opportunity to help her friend Beth. No time like the present. Beth is about to undergo an operation and will be out of commission for a while. She owns Growlers, a doggy day-care, and she does other community activities. Maddy takes over for Beth. Gone are the high-powered clothes, the perfect h Redundant. Ten years of her life. Over. That is pretty much how Maddy Young feels. It is all over. Great job, apartment, company car. Gone. She also lost the man in her life due to a breakup. Maddy has an opportunity to help her friend Beth. No time like the present. Beth is about to undergo an operation and will be out of commission for a while. She owns Growlers, a doggy day-care, and she does other community activities. Maddy takes over for Beth. Gone are the high-powered clothes, the perfect hair and nails. She is now deep in doggy-doo. But, it turns out to be so much more. For one thing, Maddy becomes very involved with the community in Giddywell Grange. She meets wonderful people she never would have met before. She finds a connection with others that is more precious than just about any experience she has ever had. One special thing in Maddy's life, is Beth's brother Alex. He is also in town, and he and Maddy have something between them. However, Maddy's ex comes calling and wants a second chance. Along the way, Maddy has Beth and her uncle to help her, and they prove invaluable to her. What is more is now that she is not working 24/7, she gets to spend time with her mother, and this is something that she thought might never happen. What a touching story. My heart broke more than once when I realized just how much Maddy and Alex were drawn to one another. The hesitancy they experienced worked well to draw out the drama in this story. All I wanted for Maddy was to find happiness. Her road to happiness was paved with so many beautiful things, despite the conflicts that occurred. Kim Nash is a delightful storyteller. And that, folks, makes me quite a happy reader. Many thanks to Hera Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lana لانا (Bibliomedico)

    check Out The Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20... ************************ Thanks To Rachel At Rachel’s Random Resources For Giving Me The Opportunity To Be Part Of This Blog Tour . ************************ I love Blog Tours , For Such Great Books . Every Blog Tour I participated in Made me discover Fabulous books and Brilliant Authors . After a series of Disappointing books , I’ve read lately . Escape To Giddywell Grange was a lifesaver , Literally , It saved me fro check Out The Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20... ************************ Thanks To Rachel At Rachel’s Random Resources For Giving Me The Opportunity To Be Part Of This Blog Tour . ************************ I love Blog Tours , For Such Great Books . Every Blog Tour I participated in Made me discover Fabulous books and Brilliant Authors . After a series of Disappointing books , I’ve read lately . Escape To Giddywell Grange was a lifesaver , Literally , It saved me from going in a read slump , which for me Equal death 😛 . Author Kim Nash IS amazing , her way of writing funny , sweet yet deep books surprised me , because I Loved her writing Style is AWESOME . ❤ ❤ I loved the characters , Especially Baxter , he was such a super cute dog ❤ The storyline wasn’t new , it was Predictable , But for me , Nash writing style and Funny Words made all the difference . If you are looking for a fun , romantic , simple and really entertaining read , Escape To Giddywell Grange by Author Kim Nash is the answer .

  6. 5 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley. An enjoyable read that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, ESCAPE TO GIDDYWELL GRANGE by Kim Nash is the perfect read to curl up with on the couch and relax. Maddy Young dedicated her entire life to her career so when she finds out she is being made redundant instead of getting a promotion, it throws her world upside down. What on earth is she going to do now? And it isn't long before Maddy realises that she has neglected her mother, her childhood hom *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley. An enjoyable read that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, ESCAPE TO GIDDYWELL GRANGE by Kim Nash is the perfect read to curl up with on the couch and relax. Maddy Young dedicated her entire life to her career so when she finds out she is being made redundant instead of getting a promotion, it throws her world upside down. What on earth is she going to do now? And it isn't long before Maddy realises that she has neglected her mother, her childhood home, and her friends as she has built her career, so reconnecting seems to be somewhere to start. As Maddy renews her relationship with her best friend Beth, she begins to see how kind and giving Beth really is as well as hardworking with her own doggy daycare business. Taking a leaf out of Beth's book, Maddy soon finds herself involved in her childhood community of Giddywell Grange and there may even be a whiff of romance in the air too. But when the past comes calling, will Maddy return to the familiar rather than the new life she is only just beginning to carve out for herself? And is it ever possible to move on from the heartache that has gone before? ​An engaging story with some loveable characters (and dogs!), ESCAPE TO GIDDYWELL GRANGE by Kim Nash makes you think about how quickly one's life can change and how we all may cope with the repercussions. Maddy is a little lost and while at times I did want to shake some sense into her, the more I got to know her, the more I wanted to protect her, and hoped that she would take some chances on her future. The setting is beautifully depicted as I now know is a signature style of this talented author, and there is truly never a dull moment in this moving story of fresh starts and new horizons. ​ESCAPE TO GIDDYWELL GRANGE by Kim Nash is a wonderful read, sure to please fiction fans everywhere, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    5☆ A Heart Warming, Feel Good, Rom Com, I Highly Recommend Escape to Giddywell Grange is such a heart warming, feel good, entertaining, story with the added bonus of some adorable Fur Babies! Which is always a winner for me! I firstly have to mention just how much I Adore the book cover. Maddy is having a run of bad luck when she shockingly is made redundant when she least expected it. After assuming she was going to get the promotion she so deserved! So when her best friend Beth asks her to help o 5☆ A Heart Warming, Feel Good, Rom Com, I Highly Recommend Escape to Giddywell Grange is such a heart warming, feel good, entertaining, story with the added bonus of some adorable Fur Babies! Which is always a winner for me! I firstly have to mention just how much I Adore the book cover. Maddy is having a run of bad luck when she shockingly is made redundant when she least expected it. After assuming she was going to get the promotion she so deserved! So when her best friend Beth asks her to help out at Growlers, her Doggie Day Care Centre she decides a change might just be what she needs. So she sets off to Giddywell Grange. But Maddy's new adventure isn't going to be easy as a blast from her past rocks up and a potential new romance is on the horizon. But can Maddy stay strong and follow her heart. There is a wonderful sense of community spirit throughout Giddywell Grange and it was so lovely seeing Maddy grow whilst she's there and slot back in and help the community. I really liked Maddy she's strong, her character is relatable and watching her grow in confidence and taking on new challenges was a delight and her character quickly became like a friend which I loved. Escape to Giddywell Grange is a heart warming story of self discovery, new beginnings, trying new things, making friends, romance, the highs and lows, starting over, plenty of laugh out loud moments, and of course some adorable Fur Babies! Once again Kim Nash has written a Gem of a book with superb characters and a beautiful storyline that will Touch your heart and keep you turning the pages. I can't wait for her next book! Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/0...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    What a sweetheart of a book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The story of Madison gripped me from the first line, and each chapter revealed the beauty of the writing. Having made redundant after working for a PR company for 12 years, Maddy was at a loss. But when life is tough, we all want to go to one place - back home. Maddy did the same. She went home to her mother, her friends, her old world that she had left far behind in a hurry to get into a business world. She discovered her What a sweetheart of a book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The story of Madison gripped me from the first line, and each chapter revealed the beauty of the writing. Having made redundant after working for a PR company for 12 years, Maddy was at a loss. But when life is tough, we all want to go to one place - back home. Maddy did the same. She went home to her mother, her friends, her old world that she had left far behind in a hurry to get into a business world. She discovered herself and her relationships, both new and old, and soon learnt the true meaning of happiness. My first book by Kim Nash moved me beyond what I expected. I did not know I would have a lump in my throat while reading certain parts or a smile at others. I think I guffawed at a few places. The story pulled my emotions and kept me connected to it. The writing was all heart, superfluous and exquisite, abounding in layers which showed me Madison's life in totality, what she was and what she was going to be. Every moment of her life felt precious. The lessons she learnt spoke to me in tiny, different ways. The characters were beautifully etched, the author taking care in details. It was obvious they had received a loving hand in their conception. They were alive and added different flavors to the prose. The story had a few shockers too with secrets and past relationships, which rocked my thriller-y heart. My attention gets distracted easily while reading books of this genre. But with this, at no point could I look away from it. I couldn't let go. I loved, loved, loved the story, no two ways about it. Quoting a line from the book as told by Madison I could feel myself grinning, and my heart felt full. I feel the same too when I reached the end. A delightful, happy read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    We first meet Maddy when her life is about to be turned upside down. My heart went out to this woman I had only just met but yet already, I felt connected to her on so many levels. The author has yet again created a protagonist that many women will be able to relate to. Life is always full of uncertainties and luckily for Maddy, life gives her a glimpse of what life is like away from a demanding career. There are more than a few laugh out loud moments in this novel. It was great to see Maddy being We first meet Maddy when her life is about to be turned upside down. My heart went out to this woman I had only just met but yet already, I felt connected to her on so many levels. The author has yet again created a protagonist that many women will be able to relate to. Life is always full of uncertainties and luckily for Maddy, life gives her a glimpse of what life is like away from a demanding career. There are more than a few laugh out loud moments in this novel. It was great to see Maddy being pushed out of her comfort zone in so many ways. Rediscovering things about herself that she had no longer had the time to do as well as discovering things she hadn’t realised she was capable of. All in all it makes for a compulsive read that I struggled to tear myself away from. The writing feels effortless and with every page it kept me wanting more. There’s just something warm and cosy that emanates throughout this book and was somewhere that I couldn’t wait to escape back to. Escape To Giddywell Grange was a heartwarming, feel good fun read that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. A wonderful blend of romance, friendship, relationships as well as following your heart. Another truly fabulous read by the author and can’t wait to see what she brings to us next. My thanks to Hera Books, NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zoé-lee O'farrell

    I started this book before I read Kim’s post about her inspiration to the book, but I hadn’t quite finished the book. When I went back to the book I had fresh eyes and to be honest it made it all a bit more emosh for me! I finished the book and messaged Kim, and just said you made me cry again! This book is most definitely a book about finding yourself again and finding your place again, something I need to do now and again, a bit of mindfulness. Maddy, she is just such a lovely character. She ha I started this book before I read Kim’s post about her inspiration to the book, but I hadn’t quite finished the book. When I went back to the book I had fresh eyes and to be honest it made it all a bit more emosh for me! I finished the book and messaged Kim, and just said you made me cry again! This book is most definitely a book about finding yourself again and finding your place again, something I need to do now and again, a bit of mindfulness. Maddy, she is just such a lovely character. She has so much love to give but heartache drove her to consume her whole life with work. Then one day work isn’t there anymore and we watch her pick up the pieces. We see at the beginning, her best friend Beth, pushing her out into the community and mucking in at Growlers, the dog home. Seeing her branch out into an allotment. The final third is when her past catches up with her and how she copes with it. It is hard for Maddy as she has to come to terms with the fact she’s not been there for people, she’s been a bit snotty and she sees people like a bit of a burden. But at the same time, she is wholesome and she wants to do right again that you find it hard not to be mad with her. She was just coping with life and everyone copes differently. I must admit in the final 3rd of the book I was shouting at Maddy a bit because I became increasingly concerned with her decision making and felt quite frankly I should be in charge, not that it was going to happen, but she pulled through at the final hurdle and all is at peace with the world. It was the ending that got me. I won’t say why or how, but for me it was beautiful and it happened exactly the way I wanted it too. I closed the kindle with a smile on my face and maybe a few tears down my face…but mainly the smile!!! I absolutely adored Amazing Grace (which you can check my review out on Anniversary day!) and for the “tough” second novel, Kim has smashed it. I just want to know when I can read another book by her! Knowing that this is partially based on facts, I want to know which bits!! It adds an extra layer to the story and makes it that bit more special for me as a reader. I adored it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A stylish flat, all the handbags and shoes she could ever want, a flash car – and with the promotion she’s worked so hard for within touching distance, Maddy’s life is pretty near all she’s ever wanted. But when her life unexpectedly falls apart, she realises what might just be missing – as well as having broken up with her partner, she’s pushed away her family and friends and her apparently perfect life is rather lonely and empty. With the encouragement of friend Beth, she begins to discover wh A stylish flat, all the handbags and shoes she could ever want, a flash car – and with the promotion she’s worked so hard for within touching distance, Maddy’s life is pretty near all she’s ever wanted. But when her life unexpectedly falls apart, she realises what might just be missing – as well as having broken up with her partner, she’s pushed away her family and friends and her apparently perfect life is rather lonely and empty. With the encouragement of friend Beth, she begins to discover what might make her happy – a closer relationship with her mother, letting in other people and making their lives a little richer, and finding herself again. There are lots of slips along the way – uncomfortable moments to live through, times when she has her doubts that this new life is really for her – and I thoroughly enjoyed following her on her difficult journey. Maddy is an engaging and relatable heroine, perhaps less likeable at the start because she’s rather lost her way – but I grew to love her, and particularly enjoyed her clear voice, her awkwardness in embracing the new direction her life takes, and the gentle humour that runs through the whole book. But every character is beautifully drawn – I particularly liked her relationship with her mother (the author has a particularly perfect touch with mothers…) and the surprises along the way, her recovered friendship with Beth, and all the other contacts she makes through her involvement with Growlers and her work with the library. And yes, even the dogs have well-drawn characters – I loved Baxter (and his owner when she first meets him), and so will everyone else. There’s a gentle simmering romance too – not totally central to the story, and in danger of being derailed when the past rears its head, but I really liked the way it was handled. The whole book is gentle and filled with exceptional warmth and the loveliest fuzzy moments, and the author’s touch with the more difficult emotional content is absolutely assured too. The writing has an effortlessness about it, easy and comfortable to read, keeping you turning the pages: and the story is immensely engaging as Maddy slowly realises what’s really important – the memories you make and the people you meet – with friendship, support and self-love coming into clear focus. This really was a thoroughly lovely read – I enjoyed it very much, and recommend it to all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Kim Nash is on a roll, and is already after this the second book, starting to become a must read author for romantic comedy fans. I adored this book, Maddie is a fabulous main character, and although some of the surprises along the way I did guess, I was enjoying the journey far too much to mind. And there are dogs, I love Growlers at Giddywell Grange, it sounds like a fabulous place to leave your dog for a doggie holiday, and is a massive contrast for Maddie when she is made redundant from her Kim Nash is on a roll, and is already after this the second book, starting to become a must read author for romantic comedy fans. I adored this book, Maddie is a fabulous main character, and although some of the surprises along the way I did guess, I was enjoying the journey far too much to mind. And there are dogs, I love Growlers at Giddywell Grange, it sounds like a fabulous place to leave your dog for a doggie holiday, and is a massive contrast for Maddie when she is made redundant from her high flying PR job, for her to help out at Giddywell Grange while her best friend recuperates from a much needed surgery. This is a story of self re-discovery for Maddie, as her life changes completely and she starts to find pleasure in the simpler pleasures of life. I loved seeing how Maddie develops over the course of the book, although I was worried about some of the decisions she appeared to be making. Baxter is one special dog and I doubt there is a reader out there that if they like dogs, that won;t fall under his adorable spell, and equally will enjoy getting to know Alice, his human too. You should have seen the great big grin on my face, when I spotted a quick cameo from a leading character in the author's previous book! I love it when authors do that sort of thing! This is such a gentle story, written from Maddie's point of view, that I couldn't help but really love. I felt that Maddie was starting to become my own friend, and there are many many moments that made me smile in this. It's certainly a feel good, all around fabulous read. It's got a different vibe from Amazing Grace, but this is an author still finding her feet, and finding them well, proving already she can write in a multitude of ways. For me this was a fantastic holiday read, which I raced through the pages and couldn't get enough of in only a few short hours. I can happily recommend this completely whole heartedly for lovers of dogs, great story lines, characters that feel real and that grow over the course of the book, and a whole lost of other plot points that I haven't even mentioned!! Thank you to Hera on Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Silke

    Before we dive into this review let’s start off with stating that I read this book in a huge reading slump. That is why it took me almost 3 weeks to finish this story. It says nothing about the story. Nothing about how good this book really was. It says something about my mind-set while reading it. If that stupid reading slump wouldn’t have hit me like a hurricane, I probably would have finish this little gem in two days tops. I was actually drawn to Escape to Giddywell Grange because Holly Marti Before we dive into this review let’s start off with stating that I read this book in a huge reading slump. That is why it took me almost 3 weeks to finish this story. It says nothing about the story. Nothing about how good this book really was. It says something about my mind-set while reading it. If that stupid reading slump wouldn’t have hit me like a hurricane, I probably would have finish this little gem in two days tops. I was actually drawn to Escape to Giddywell Grange because Holly Martin (aka my all-time favorite feel good author) was raving about it on her Facebook page. And after finishing this story, I can honestly say I understand her enthusiasm. We follow Maddy, who is kind of a workaholic and lives for her job in PR. But when she is one day made redundant she loses her way and finds that her life is actually quite empty. When she returns to her hometown Giddywell, she finds that life is more than just work alone. Maddy is my kind of female lead. She is a determined, funny, caring person who has lost her way. Throughout the story you really see her grow as a character. I absolutely loved how her best friend Beth pushed her out of her comfort zone to discover herself once again. These unexpected challenges Beth poses to Maddy made me laugh out loud numerous times, but at the same time they were heart-warming. One little side note about this story the blurbs describe it as a romantic story and I couldn’t disagree more. There is almost no romance in the story. I personally love a good romance and actually missed some romance in the plot. But I think this is the perfect story for people who love the feel good genre, but are not too keen on overly sweet, romantic story’s. Escape to Giddywell Grange is not a romantic story, it is a story about learning to love yourself again. About finding out who you are and who you want to be. About roots, about family, about friendship and about dogs. Romance is one of the less important parts of this story. I absolutely loved the story and would highly recommend for people who love a decent feel good story. I can’t wait for another novel by Kim Nash! She is a new force to be reckoned with in this genre!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gmr

    Maddy's life has been turned on its head. Just when she thought all her hard work was finally paying off, BOOM...redundancy. Thing is although this isn't the ideal situation for her, it is a time to collect herself, reflect on her life, and perhaps if she's lucky, refocus on the things that really matter. You see, as with most of us, she lost sight of what's important, pushed away her other dreams and desires that didn't fit the work goal she was aiming for, and accepted love that was less than Maddy's life has been turned on its head. Just when she thought all her hard work was finally paying off, BOOM...redundancy. Thing is although this isn't the ideal situation for her, it is a time to collect herself, reflect on her life, and perhaps if she's lucky, refocus on the things that really matter. You see, as with most of us, she lost sight of what's important, pushed away her other dreams and desires that didn't fit the work goal she was aiming for, and accepted love that was less than what she deserved, but never really SAW it for what it was. When all seems lost, that's when Maddy, the REAL Maddy, seems to be found....along with a little behind the scenes help from her best friend, Beth. Yes, she did really need her help when she was recuperating from surgery, but she didn't have to send her to all those places; she did so to help her reconnect with the person she was while reconciling "her" with the person she'd become. It was sweet, it was eye-opening, it was just what she needed even if she didn't know it at the time. All in all, an enjoyable read for Women's Fiction and Chick-Lit fans. The only drawbacks for me were A) I didn't really see the "comedy" in the "romance" (as in the sub genre it was granted), B) I really enjoyed the outings she was sent on, but at some point it seemed like a few TOO many (I loved her finding herself, but wished it was a little faster), and C) that ending...or rather things leading up to it. Oye! I just could not believe things were unfolding like they were unfolding. **ebook received for review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    I adored the debut novel, Amazing Grace, by Kim Nash but I absolutely bloody loved Escape To Giddywell Grange! This book was everything I wanted to read in my women’s fiction-it was emotional but uplifting with a heroine who was likeable and relatable…even if she was a little slow to catch on at times! Maddy was a joy to watch as she gradually started to realise that the things in her life that were the most important to her actually weren’t! When she loses her job and has to go back to her home I adored the debut novel, Amazing Grace, by Kim Nash but I absolutely bloody loved Escape To Giddywell Grange! This book was everything I wanted to read in my women’s fiction-it was emotional but uplifting with a heroine who was likeable and relatable…even if she was a little slow to catch on at times! Maddy was a joy to watch as she gradually started to realise that the things in her life that were the most important to her actually weren’t! When she loses her job and has to go back to her hometown, taking employment that is very far from the career she has been immersed in, Maddy has to totally reevaluate her life. And I loved watching how her relationships with family and friends developed especially the mother/daughter bond that had sadly been neglected for far too long. I had tears in my eyes as I read the epilogue. Sad because this wonderfully uplifting book had finished but happy that Kim Nash had brought together such a beautifully written novel that really understands the “modern” family. Family, friends, dogs and the occasional G&T…what more could you ask for?! Kim Nash is now on my “must read” author list. Her books are highly enjoyable and I defy you to read them without losing yourself in them totally. I love them!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deborah J Miles

    I very much enjoyed this book, and was hooked from the first page. I thought the story was well-written, and the characters were realistic. I particularly liked Madison and her amazing bestie, Beth, who seems to understand what Madison needs better than she does herself. Other main characters include Beth's brother Alex. From the first mention of Alex, I wanted him and Madison to realise their love for each other. Baxter the dog is also a great little character, telling us without words who can I very much enjoyed this book, and was hooked from the first page. I thought the story was well-written, and the characters were realistic. I particularly liked Madison and her amazing bestie, Beth, who seems to understand what Madison needs better than she does herself. Other main characters include Beth's brother Alex. From the first mention of Alex, I wanted him and Madison to realise their love for each other. Baxter the dog is also a great little character, telling us without words who can be trusted and who can't. And that brings me to Jamie - he made my flesh creep, so the least said about him, the better! Madison thinks she has it all: a great career with the chance of a great promotion, and the lifestyle to go with it. She works continuously, in the office and at home to make sure she is giving her absolute all to the company. She has friends at work but has let other friendships slide. She is close to her mother, but over time her mother has featured less in her life because work is more important. Her mother has picked up on this and phones her less, and makes fewer demands on her time. Madison lives to work. That is until the day she arrives at work expecting a promotion but finds herself made redundant instead. She cannot believe this is happening to her. She has given her entire self to the company. She must now find a comparable position to maintain her lifestyle. Her redundancy won't last forever, so she applies for a couple of less-than-suitable jobs, and when nothing works out there, her friend Beth suggests a temporary arrangement which would benefit them both - working at Growlers, Beth's kennel at Giddywell Grange. As well as working in the kennel, Beth gives Madison little tasks which involve helping others in the local community. Initially Madison sees these tasks as nothing more than a list of things to do, but realising how valuable her contributions are to the people on that list, and deriving an unexpected joy from helping others, she is soon reevaluating her life. Does she really need an all-consuming career which leaves her with nothing outside of work? No holidays; no social life; no partner; no children... This is one of those novels that is not only an interesting and engaging as a story, but one which made me pause for thought. I particularly liked the pay-it-forward aspect, and the resulting good karma it returned to Madison. Escape to Giddywell Grange is an engaging, amusing and thought-provoking story that I would wholeheartedly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gia

    Career-driven, city-girl Maddy, gets a reality kick-butting when instead of the promotion she was certain to get, ends up losing her prized position. Now what? Needing to heal some ex-boyfriend wounds and tend to hurt pride, Maddy decides to head back home and escapes to Giddywell Grange. Comforted by the slower pace of life, Maddy reconnects with her childhood friend Beth. When Beth asks Maddy for help with her doggy daycare Growlers, Maddy agrees. Suddenly all-in, Maddy comes to love the daily r Career-driven, city-girl Maddy, gets a reality kick-butting when instead of the promotion she was certain to get, ends up losing her prized position. Now what? Needing to heal some ex-boyfriend wounds and tend to hurt pride, Maddy decides to head back home and escapes to Giddywell Grange. Comforted by the slower pace of life, Maddy reconnects with her childhood friend Beth. When Beth asks Maddy for help with her doggy daycare Growlers, Maddy agrees. Suddenly all-in, Maddy comes to love the daily routine and opens herself up to other needs in her community -even volunteering at the library. Although somewhat unsure of it at first, Maddy falls fast for life in Giddywell Grange and its delightful charm and harmonious lifestyle. When Maddy meets up with Beth’s brother Alex, she is reminded of the easy rapport they always shared. Maddy’s youthful crush on Alex can easily rekindle old feelings but she has to watch out for her heart as he is already in a relationship. Out of the blue, her ex offers her a prime job and the chance to return to her posh way of life. Sorely tempted yet more than a little skeptical, Maddy has to decide out what she is going to do. Maddy is a tremendously relatable character: real, insecure, warm, funny - the kind of friend anyone would love to have. Nash has done a wonderful job with all her characters by weaving their lives beautifully into the engaging storylines. A hands-down, delightful read. Highly and heartily recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books, for the read of Kim Nash’s, Escape to Giddywell Grange. Opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    B.R. Maycock

    You’ll remember I read and loved Amazing Grace by the lovely Kim Nash, and was thrilled that there was a new author of heart-warming reads in the house. And with this, her second book, again I was not disappointed. We meet Maddy, euphoric, buoyant and starry-eyed as she awaits news of a possible promotion. I’ve been here before in Rom com land, but very rarely with a character who was so so sure and, when the inevitable happened, I was gutted for her. This led into a part of a book that brought s You’ll remember I read and loved Amazing Grace by the lovely Kim Nash, and was thrilled that there was a new author of heart-warming reads in the house. And with this, her second book, again I was not disappointed. We meet Maddy, euphoric, buoyant and starry-eyed as she awaits news of a possible promotion. I’ve been here before in Rom com land, but very rarely with a character who was so so sure and, when the inevitable happened, I was gutted for her. This led into a part of a book that brought so many emotions forward as she recounted a number of regrets that have regularly visited me, that of not seeing family and friends enough. There was also the regret of never having to be able to get a dog and I, being the immature sod that I am, spent most of the book screaming at her ‘just get a dog!!’ This was a book of change, choc full of Maddy seeing what life was like when you were living it, meeting and talking to people, helping out and doing good deeds. With this came so many mottos and advice and I relished it all and even wrote down a few nuggets. I loved Maddy’s journey, although I had to slide my feet into her shoes to empathise with her in the man department especially after tweaking my own ideals to understand her obsession with work!! The dogs of course, made the book and helped me sail through this feel-good, heart warming, joyous read and I’d have taken even more doggy antics and love and read on and on! So enjoyable and recommended and thanks to Hera books  for the book in return for an honest review. Rating:4.5/5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This story is about Maddy who was striving to be financially rich, working hard but abandoning her true friends and leisure in the process. It is only after a personal tragedy and being made redundant that she starts to reevaluate her lifestyle and choices, reconnecting with her best childhood friend, Beth, and actually being willing to share time with her Mum. When her best friend has to have an operation that will leave her unable to run Growlers, her doggy daycare centre, Maddy offers to help This story is about Maddy who was striving to be financially rich, working hard but abandoning her true friends and leisure in the process. It is only after a personal tragedy and being made redundant that she starts to reevaluate her lifestyle and choices, reconnecting with her best childhood friend, Beth, and actually being willing to share time with her Mum. When her best friend has to have an operation that will leave her unable to run Growlers, her doggy daycare centre, Maddy offers to help cover for her, not realising just how many things Beth is involved with in the community. This story shares her experiences in a moving and, at times, hilarious way. She is faced with new opportunities, time to connect with others in a meaningful rather than superficial way and lots of choices. It is a time for deliberation, contemplation, adventure and fun. The author is brilliant at bringing her characters to life and making them feel like friends sharing their experiences, hopes, fears and love in this moving story. It is also a heartwarming story of second chances, of love lost and found, secrets and surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it and hope to read more by this highly talented author in future. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I found this book to be a perfect antidote to life's everyday stresses! Maddy is such a real heroine -- vulnerable and raw, but also resourceful and open-hearted. I love how she picked herself up after being dealt an unexpected blow; and I loved how she navigated her way through new opportunities and reimagined relationships in pursuit of the next great chapter of her life! I found this book to be a perfect antidote to life's everyday stresses! Maddy is such a real heroine -- vulnerable and raw, but also resourceful and open-hearted. I love how she picked herself up after being dealt an unexpected blow; and I loved how she navigated her way through new opportunities and reimagined relationships in pursuit of the next great chapter of her life!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Beautify written, loved it so much

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A lovely romantic story, that is uplifting and full of heart. I loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    I finished this book in one sitting and totally adored it. Fabulous characters and great storyline that had me both laughing and crying in places. Just wonderful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A solid four and a half stars, such a heartwarming and uplifting story. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was watching Madison grow as a person, as a friend, and as a daughter. This book restored my faith in the goodness of humanity and made me think about how important it is to give the gift of time to others, and to learn the art of forgiveness. Lovely book, just what I needed at this time in my life. For those of you who don't like swearing, please note that there are some "f A solid four and a half stars, such a heartwarming and uplifting story. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was watching Madison grow as a person, as a friend, and as a daughter. This book restored my faith in the goodness of humanity and made me think about how important it is to give the gift of time to others, and to learn the art of forgiveness. Lovely book, just what I needed at this time in my life. For those of you who don't like swearing, please note that there are some "f" bombs in the book but they aren't overused nor do they distract from the story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    Oh my days, Kim Nash has become an author that can very easily drag me away from Crime fiction and over to the bright side. I actually hasn't realised this new author had another book coming out so soon as due to health reasons I've been keeping myself off social media most of the time and spent a little time reading books I'd bought as I felt I needed to fall in love with reading and not just do it for reviewing. Her first book Amazing Grace had me fall in love with a great feelgood book. As soo Oh my days, Kim Nash has become an author that can very easily drag me away from Crime fiction and over to the bright side. I actually hasn't realised this new author had another book coming out so soon as due to health reasons I've been keeping myself off social media most of the time and spent a little time reading books I'd bought as I felt I needed to fall in love with reading and not just do it for reviewing. Her first book Amazing Grace had me fall in love with a great feelgood book. As soon as I saw Escape to Giddywell Grange on Netgally I had to request it and was thrilled when my request was approved. I started this book on a Friday evening and as much as real like kept wanting to take over I managed to finish it over the weekend. It's a superb feel good read. A book you can dive in and out of comfortably and be transported the minute you start reading. It's also a book that really does make you think and take stock of your life and your surrounding. Makes you think just what is and isn't important in life and that some times things that happen, happen for a reason. When you are forced to take a journey down a path you wasn't expecting to take, it can still be the right path. You wouldn't have known it being the right path if what led you to it, hadn't happened. A real thought provoking read. Many things going on in this book were so easy to relate to which makes the book feel so realistic that the places and characters come alive in your mind. I loved the main character in this book, Madison. I loved the new track her life took when she was given the devastating news that she was to be made redundant. Madison has lived for her job and not for herself. She really belived that work, work, work was what made her happy. The satisfaction of doing her job well and beliving that she was working for a company that really needed her. None of us are irreplaceable. When you think life has kicked you down, there can only be one way to go and thats up. Can Madison find what does really make her happy and can she find a job she will love just as much. Emotional, thought provoking, realistic read that certainly leaves you thinking things through. This book is one that will leave you thinking about it, long after you finish reading it. Kim another amazing book you have written, loved, loved, loved every single page of it. I loved how characters from the first book were incorperated into this one, but it wasn't all about them. Keep these books coming, I can't wiat for more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    I read my fair share of contemporary 'happy' books and I read them to feel a little more pepped up at the end of the protagonists character ARC and when she reaches an understanding of herself and her own goals. I start with this because I know by now which stories I enjoy and which I just like. This, unfortunately, landed in the second category for me. I am once again in the minority as all the rave reviews online would indicate so read this review with that fact in mind. Madison has been made r I read my fair share of contemporary 'happy' books and I read them to feel a little more pepped up at the end of the protagonists character ARC and when she reaches an understanding of herself and her own goals. I start with this because I know by now which stories I enjoy and which I just like. This, unfortunately, landed in the second category for me. I am once again in the minority as all the rave reviews online would indicate so read this review with that fact in mind. Madison has been made redundant (this is not a spoiler it is the core of the blurb) and has more free time than she has had in more than a decade of working for the same company. There are a lot of things that happen to Madison over the next few months as she decides to help her best friend out. She is now involved in the farm and the doggy day-care in it, all the community projects that Beth (her friend) was involved in. She is also making new strides in her forgotten relationship with her mother and digging into a father she never knew. Now, here come the reasons these did not stick with me: She realizes a lot of things while going about all these life-changing events, she lists it out for us and then goes ahead and ignores every single one of these facts. There is this incident where a waitress at a restaurant provides her with a piece of advice, she mistrusts it and ignores it but she then does not use this incident anywhere in the debates she has with a lot of people about the next step she has to take. Normally, I wait for the defining moment when the protagonist learns and grows and makes a stand. In this case, it came a little too late. I normally do not list my grievances like this about a good book, but the thing was these facts acted as speed breakers as I was starting to really grow fond of Madison! I would have loved the book if these discrepancies did not come into my field of vision and then prevent me from enjoying further. Madison learns a lot about her community and all the little things that go into helping each other and this is well done and you can see how the life of a close-knit community. Life that might make things interesting or even inspiring for the average person. I would recommend this book to readers of this genre, who like a good community-oriented story. I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers but as you can see my review is completely based on my own reading experience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steph Lawrence

    OMG I absolutely loved it! I knew it would be fabulous from the start, so effortless to read it totally hooked me in. Maddy’s almost perfect life fell apart on that fateful morning when she was called in to see her boss. Corporate was all she knew. Power dressing, fancy meals, fancy car, even fancier holidays. It’s such a special story. As her life is turned upside down she comes to the rescue of her childhood best friend Beth. That very friend who has always been there for her even though Maddy is OMG I absolutely loved it! I knew it would be fabulous from the start, so effortless to read it totally hooked me in. Maddy’s almost perfect life fell apart on that fateful morning when she was called in to see her boss. Corporate was all she knew. Power dressing, fancy meals, fancy car, even fancier holidays. It’s such a special story. As her life is turned upside down she comes to the rescue of her childhood best friend Beth. That very friend who has always been there for her even though Maddy is always too busy to make time for. Beth needs an operation and Maddy helps out filling in for Beth with all the jobs around the farm and also projects in the community. It’s a revelation for Maddy and she realises there is more to life than her previous career. The cast characters are so likeable, from her Mum, Uncle Tom and Alex, and the people on the community projects. I wanted to join in and help out, the feel-good feeling is infectious and jumps out from the pages. I related to so many things and had many thought-provoking moments whilst reading this, especially telling people ‘I can’t stop long’ when visiting them…..something I need to stop doing right now. When Maddy sang ‘Moon River’ (it’s on every playlist I have) at the old folks home I totally went! It gave me tears and goosebumps. It is a funny, romantic and emotional read and I can’t recommend it enough. In fact it’s one of my favourite books of the year. I loved Amazing Grace , and this is equally fantastic. https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Firstly what a great book, when I had finished it left me feeling all warm inside with a smile on my face. Well done Kim Nash I haven't read any of your books but I'm sure going to look them out now. After working hard and giving her life for 12 years in a PR company Maddie has been asked into her manager's office, convinced her hard work is about to pay off and she will get the promotion she has been working toward, she is sorely disappointed when in fact she is made redundant. She makes her way Firstly what a great book, when I had finished it left me feeling all warm inside with a smile on my face. Well done Kim Nash I haven't read any of your books but I'm sure going to look them out now. After working hard and giving her life for 12 years in a PR company Maddie has been asked into her manager's office, convinced her hard work is about to pay off and she will get the promotion she has been working toward, she is sorely disappointed when in fact she is made redundant. She makes her way home to work out what her next step will be. As she enters the house she hears noises and going upstairs to investigate finds her boyfriend Jamie in their bed bonking another woman. Distraught she seeks out her lifelong friend Beth, who runs Doggy daycare from her home in Giddywell grange with her father who Maddie calls uncle Tom and Alex, Beth's brother who is over from America to help out as Beth is on the verge of having a knee op and will be off her feet for quite a long time. After sobbing and bearing her soul to Beth she is asked a big favour to run Doggy daycare and help out at the grange whilst Beth is off her feet. At first, Maddie is horrified, she is used to the high life, smart cars, posh hotels, fabulous holidays and designer clothes. This work is so polar opposite, wellies, mud and dogs. And this is where the lovely story takes off, it has some lovely warm characters within it , that will make you smile with warmth and some frustrations with the secrets they hold. This is a book for any time of year but winter curled up in a chair with a blanket warm & cosy is perfect. Enjoy!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    ‘Escape to Giddywell Grange', is an amusing, poignant, romantic and uplifting story. Maddy thinks she’s living the dream until her world crumbles when she loses her glamorous job. In shock, she returns home to the mother who has always put her first, and the best friend who she has sadly neglected and seeks the emotional comfort she needs. The opportunity to help her friend, when she needs her, is too good to resist, and after a while, Maddy realises that it may be the best choice she’s ever made ‘Escape to Giddywell Grange', is an amusing, poignant, romantic and uplifting story. Maddy thinks she’s living the dream until her world crumbles when she loses her glamorous job. In shock, she returns home to the mother who has always put her first, and the best friend who she has sadly neglected and seeks the emotional comfort she needs. The opportunity to help her friend, when she needs her, is too good to resist, and after a while, Maddy realises that it may be the best choice she’s ever made. This story leaves you with a lovely warm feeling. It celebrates everything that is good about humanity and shows that money and glamour and material things are worth nothing if they are not shared with someone special. The characters are well-written and believable, they have flaws, but in all but one case they are easy to like. Maddy is at a crossroads in her life, and you want her to find something more worthwhile. Some of her decisions towards the end of the story had me shaking my head and telling her to think again, so she’s someone you can relate to and care about. Thankfully, the story comes to a convincing and hopeful conclusion. If you’re looking for a lovely escapist read, this heartwarming, humorous journey of friendship, self-discovery and gentle romance is the answer. I received a copy of this book from Hera Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ems. (afternoonbookery)

    Ive been on a thriller binge again recently and this came along at the right time, something that soothes the soul, makes you asses your life and consider what you do for your community. Maddy has it all, a high flying career & designer belongings so when she is called to a meeting she is sure that it is for a promotion, instead she ends up redundant. Now what does she do? She can only afford her flat for so long, her company car needs returning. When she turns up to her mums, she suggests visitin Ive been on a thriller binge again recently and this came along at the right time, something that soothes the soul, makes you asses your life and consider what you do for your community. Maddy has it all, a high flying career & designer belongings so when she is called to a meeting she is sure that it is for a promotion, instead she ends up redundant. Now what does she do? She can only afford her flat for so long, her company car needs returning. When she turns up to her mums, she suggests visiting her best friend - and let me tell you - everyone needs a best friend like Beth. When she is taken into surgery, she sets Maddy a task list and gives her chance to consider what she wants to do in her life. This book is honestly lovely, it really warmed me. I loved Maddy, i felt for her, i felt that she had put her all into her career and was given nothing in return - so i was rooting for her to discover her true passion in life. I already said how everyone needs a best friend like Beth and i will say it again, she is strong willed and literally only ever has Maddys best interests at heart.Not only were these two brilliant, there is a strong cast of surrounding family that adores both the girls plus a cheeky dog. I really think this book is a true form of escapism and would recommend it over and over. A real rainy day pick me up, you just want to curl up and dive into this read.

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