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New home, new friends, new love. Can starting over be that simple? Tess Riddell reckons her beloved Freelander is more reliable than any man - especially her ex -fiancé, Olly Gray. She’s moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury’s passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes New home, new friends, new love. Can starting over be that simple? Tess Riddell reckons her beloved Freelander is more reliable than any man - especially her ex -fiancé, Olly Gray. She’s moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury’s passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes the Freelander into his breakdown truck, they find that they’re nearly neighbours – yet worlds apart. Despite her overprotective parents and a suddenly attentive Olly, she discovers the joys of village life and even forms an unlikely friendship with Miles. Then, just as their relationship develops into something deeper, an old flame comes looking for him... Is their love strong enough to overcome the past? Or will it take more than either of them is prepared to give?


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New home, new friends, new love. Can starting over be that simple? Tess Riddell reckons her beloved Freelander is more reliable than any man - especially her ex -fiancé, Olly Gray. She’s moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury’s passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes New home, new friends, new love. Can starting over be that simple? Tess Riddell reckons her beloved Freelander is more reliable than any man - especially her ex -fiancé, Olly Gray. She’s moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury’s passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes the Freelander into his breakdown truck, they find that they’re nearly neighbours – yet worlds apart. Despite her overprotective parents and a suddenly attentive Olly, she discovers the joys of village life and even forms an unlikely friendship with Miles. Then, just as their relationship develops into something deeper, an old flame comes looking for him... Is their love strong enough to overcome the past? Or will it take more than either of them is prepared to give?

30 review for Starting Over

  1. 5 out of 5

    RLA

    This was one of those books that came up as one of the 'you might also like...' recommendations after I bought something on Amazon. I have been hearing lots of good things about Choc Lit publishing but haven't read any of their books so far, so I thought I would give this one a go. I was a little unsure of the book at first, it took me a while to get used to the author's style - there are lots of fragmented sentences that, at times, felt a little jarring. However once I was used to it, this ended This was one of those books that came up as one of the 'you might also like...' recommendations after I bought something on Amazon. I have been hearing lots of good things about Choc Lit publishing but haven't read any of their books so far, so I thought I would give this one a go. I was a little unsure of the book at first, it took me a while to get used to the author's style - there are lots of fragmented sentences that, at times, felt a little jarring. However once I was used to it, this ended up being a brilliant read. The story is so full of emotional ups and downs and very relatable. The heroine grows as the story progresses, although she is a nicely flawed character and makes some very well written and honest mistakes. The hero is a little difficult, but that is what makes him really charming. I fell hook, line, and sinker for him! This is so much more than boy meets girl and then they live happily every after... The story explores problems after that initial HEA, as well as past mistakes coming back to haunt you, and how quickly you can fall out of love as you do fall in love. The author takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, and a tells a wonderful love-story. Lovely! Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    I did not like things the author did to create conflict. The narrator’s voice was unpleasant. I liked the character definitions and story during the first half. But the last third felt like it was getting worse and worse - a sinking down. It was not a good story. I felt Tess did not deserve to be happy with Miles at the end. I much preferred two of the author’s other books: Want to Know a Secret and All That Mullarkey. Things I did not like: (view spoiler)[ Tess and Miles start having sex, she is us I did not like things the author did to create conflict. The narrator’s voice was unpleasant. I liked the character definitions and story during the first half. But the last third felt like it was getting worse and worse - a sinking down. It was not a good story. I felt Tess did not deserve to be happy with Miles at the end. I much preferred two of the author’s other books: Want to Know a Secret and All That Mullarkey. Things I did not like: (view spoiler)[ Tess and Miles start having sex, she is using contraception. Almost immediately she becomes pregnant. Then they are both soooo happy and overjoyed to be having a baby. It did not fit. If they were so happy about it, why use contraception? The author made them too happy for me. Miles hears bad news and says something without thinking. Tess is so enraged, she runs away and is gone “for months.” No one knows where she is - not her parents, friends, or Miles. Then all of a sudden she comes back and wants to pick up where they left off. I was angry with her. I found her inconsiderate, selfish, and a coward. She didn’t deserve him. Earlier, Tess was taking too long to become intimate with Miles. When he kissed her, she made a joke about him being a frog, and it looked like she was ready for intimacy. Then moments later, Miles’ ex girlfriend Franca arrives and Miles runs over and starts passionately kissing Franca and touching her bottom - in front of Tess. This had been prearranged to make Tess jealous. Then Miles avoids Tess (for weeks I believe) because he is dating Franca. Later he tells Tess all this was to make Tess jealous. This was not a fun plot choice. It might have been ok if Miles dated Franca - without the kissing and fondling immediately after kissing Tess. (hide spoiler)] NARRATOR: I did not like the narrator Julie Teal. At first I didn’t mind her, but by the end of the book I couldn’t wait to get away from her voice. It was irritating, grating, too brusk, too harsh. Some of her character voices were worse than others. I prefer narrators with a softer and more pleasant sound. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 55 mins. Swearing language: moderate to strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2, plus others referred to not shown. Setting: current day England. Book copyright: 2009. Genre: contemporary romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ross Warren

    Not my usual reading by any means but I thought I'd give it a try after strong recommendation, and I'm glad I did. The plot was the sort of will-they-won't-they love story that I had been expecting but I was hooked by the evocative depiction of village life and wonderfully warm characterisation. The main characters were particularly well rounded but even the minor characters such as the orginiser of the local fete and Tess' agent felt like real, believable people. I shall definitely be reading m Not my usual reading by any means but I thought I'd give it a try after strong recommendation, and I'm glad I did. The plot was the sort of will-they-won't-they love story that I had been expecting but I was hooked by the evocative depiction of village life and wonderfully warm characterisation. The main characters were particularly well rounded but even the minor characters such as the orginiser of the local fete and Tess' agent felt like real, believable people. I shall definitely be reading more of the author's work in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Milka

    I had not been reading chick lit for a long time, so I was very happy when I received this one for review from the Choclit Publishing. Along with this I received Sue Moorcroft's second novel published by Choclit, which will be review a little bit later. Tess has been dumped by her fiance Olly just a couple of days before their wedding. Which makes the situation even worse is the fact that Olly dumped her through e-mail. Yes, you read right, through e-mail. After the break up Tess miscarriages Ol I had not been reading chick lit for a long time, so I was very happy when I received this one for review from the Choclit Publishing. Along with this I received Sue Moorcroft's second novel published by Choclit, which will be review a little bit later. Tess has been dumped by her fiance Olly just a couple of days before their wedding. Which makes the situation even worse is the fact that Olly dumped her through e-mail. Yes, you read right, through e-mail. After the break up Tess miscarriages Olly's child and gets really sick. After getting better she knows that she has to find a totally new environment where she can heal the wounds Olly has created. A little cottage at the countryside of England seems like the perfect place for her to get better and just to spend time by herself. On her way to her new home Tess crashes her car and meets Miles Rattenbury, Ratty. His arrogance and meaness makes Tess dislike him instantly. When Tess gets familiar with Angel and meets her husband Pete, she notices that if she is going to be friends with Angel, she has to get along with Ratty too. The new friends, Angel's and Pete's gorgeous children and the developing friendship with Ratty make Tess fell better and for a while, she is able to forget her problems. Suddenly Olly appears to the little English village Tess has run away by bringing new problems to Tess's life. The relationship with Ratty keeps developing into something deeper until people and secrets from Ratty's past come into the picture. Is Tess able to love Ratty despite these secrets? Is their love strong enough to go through the obstacles of their way? All and all, Starting Over is a very niece chick lit with interesting characters. It is the perfect read for hot summer days at beach or pool or for the cold winter days in front of fireplace. It will make you laugh and cry. You will fall in love with the English countryside, with Angel's and Pete's gorgeous kids and with dark and handsome Ratty who is ready to anything in order to make Tess love him.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    I came across this book by accident. I read an excerpt was intrigued. Tess Riddell has runaway from London and moved to the countryside. She's had some setbacks and needs to get away from it all and start over. I really empathized with Tess. She was happy and was getting ready to get married when it all fell apart. But what happened after being jilted a few days before her wedding knocked her entirely off balance. So she ends up in Honeybun Cottage in Middledip. On the way to her new cottage, sh I came across this book by accident. I read an excerpt was intrigued. Tess Riddell has runaway from London and moved to the countryside. She's had some setbacks and needs to get away from it all and start over. I really empathized with Tess. She was happy and was getting ready to get married when it all fell apart. But what happened after being jilted a few days before her wedding knocked her entirely off balance. So she ends up in Honeybun Cottage in Middledip. On the way to her new cottage, she runs into the back of a wrecker, driven by one handsome Miles Rattenbury, also better known as "Ratty." Ratty gives Tess a hand, but they rub each other the wrong way. So what happens next? Does Tess find her new start? What will she do of Olly her ex comes back? This book was well written for the most part and I enjoyed it. There were a few bits and pieces that bothered me. I didn't like how Tess's parents were more concerned with getting her back with Olly than they were with her wishes. Then there was they way Tess disappeared without a word to anyone. And then the end which was a little unbelievable for me. But it was a good book and I am looking forward to reading more by Sue Moorcroft.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Browne

    Starting Over is truly delicious escapism, yet touches on familiar life and love crises experienced by woman or man alike. Oh, and what a man! A hero, absolutely, but a flawed one, who never pretends to be anything but what he is, you simply cannot help but love Miles Arnott-Rattenbury, affectionately know as “Ratty”. A man who, once he sets his sights on something…or someone, single-mindedly, determinedly; unconventionally, goes for it. And when Ratty gives up his heart, he gives all of it. Sig Starting Over is truly delicious escapism, yet touches on familiar life and love crises experienced by woman or man alike. Oh, and what a man! A hero, absolutely, but a flawed one, who never pretends to be anything but what he is, you simply cannot help but love Miles Arnott-Rattenbury, affectionately know as “Ratty”. A man who, once he sets his sights on something…or someone, single-mindedly, determinedly; unconventionally, goes for it. And when Ratty gives up his heart, he gives all of it. Sigh… How could a man like that not fall in love with a vulnerable, pretty, feisty, strong, independent woman like his “Princess” Tess? And yes, she is all of those. A gorgeous gamut of emotions that make her human. The book deals with those thorny parent issues. They struggle to deal with legacies of loves past… It is simply a heart-warming, emotionally rewarding read. Giving nothing away, the ending is perfect! My eyes filled up on one page, I was shouting, No! on the next, Yesss! on the next, a nail-biting, Ooooh God! on another. I finished this novel with a huge lump in my throat. Loved it. Pure Choc Lit. Well done, Sue Moorcroft. Sheryl - Fan!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    From start to finish I read this book in a little over 24 hours because I couldn't put it down. I fell asleep reading the book and then picked it up in the early hours of the following morning and continued until I'd finished it. I started reading another book 'All That Mullarkey' the same day and am completely gripped by that too. Sue Moorcroft has an uncanny way of getting into people's emotions and conveying those on paper. From start to finish I read this book in a little over 24 hours because I couldn't put it down. I fell asleep reading the book and then picked it up in the early hours of the following morning and continued until I'd finished it. I started reading another book 'All That Mullarkey' the same day and am completely gripped by that too. Sue Moorcroft has an uncanny way of getting into people's emotions and conveying those on paper.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sall

    Another enchantingly delightful book from Sue Moorcroft. I could identify with both Ratty and Tess however once I got half way through the book and Ratty showed his angry side and Tess her intolerance I began to lose affinity with the characters. Despite this I couldn't put the book down and loved every moment of it. Another enchantingly delightful book from Sue Moorcroft. I could identify with both Ratty and Tess however once I got half way through the book and Ratty showed his angry side and Tess her intolerance I began to lose affinity with the characters. Despite this I couldn't put the book down and loved every moment of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sorcha O'Dowd

    Brief Book Review: 'Starting Over' by Sue Moorcroft ~ 5 Stars! One of the main things that I love so much about Sue Moorcroft's storytelling, is how realistic it is. We all love a good suspense or paranormal novel every now and then, but there's always something so beautiful about reading a book where you can really connect to the people, the place and the situations. Tess is a wonderful, broken character that from the first chapter we want more than anything to see fixed. Life, (and prick of an e Brief Book Review: 'Starting Over' by Sue Moorcroft ~ 5 Stars! One of the main things that I love so much about Sue Moorcroft's storytelling, is how realistic it is. We all love a good suspense or paranormal novel every now and then, but there's always something so beautiful about reading a book where you can really connect to the people, the place and the situations. Tess is a wonderful, broken character that from the first chapter we want more than anything to see fixed. Life, (and prick of an ex-fiance Olly,) has dealt her a hard blow and left her with a deep fear of letting people into her heart, in the worry that she'll lose them. 'I’ll dump all this crap in the kitchen, shall I?’ For the first time she smiled, and it lit her face like a sunbeam on a stormy day. ‘You’re a regular Sir Galahad.’ Miles "Ratty" Rattenbury, is not what you'd call the most conventional of knights in shining armour. A car enthusiast and owner of the local garage, the relationship between Ratty and Tess gets off to a stuttering start, and whilst I have a tendency to eagerly hope and pray for the long-awaited moment where the hero and heroine both confess their undying love to each other, I was more than content with the realistic pace of their developing relationship. Tess had been hurt badly leaving her with very deep trust issues, and Ratty had not been the most committed of gents in his past relationships, so a rushed 'opposites attract' romance would have been very out of character. Instead, Moorcroft gives us a beautiful journey where Tess and Ratty move from a tentative friendship to a beautiful all consuming love which grows stronger and is endangered by Tess' fears of relationship failure and abandonment. Reading the last few chapters was a huge emotional rollercoaster, as you begin to question whether love really can conquer all. 'Starting Over' is beautifully written and, despite being a love story at heart, also gives a clear depiction of the atmosphere of Village life in 'Middledip'. As anyone who lives in a close-knit Village community would know, there are the bossy mothers who strive for perfection and are the lead of the village planning committee, the childhood sweethearts who married and had children, and the old lady you'd wave to when you passed her house. In 'Starting Over', we are shown a range of characters for whom the village of Middledip is their life, and this was one of the reasons that I loved this book so much. Under the romance, pain of the past and the hope for the future, a huge part of Tess' development is how she finds herself fitting in with Village life, and although in many situations it would be easiest for her to run away and start a new life somewhere else, she is always drawn back to her cottage 'Honeybun', unable to separate herself from her home permanently. In short, 'Starting Over' was a beautifully honest and realistic story that had me laughing out loud and crying in despair in equal measure. 5 stars and a definite recommended read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    This was a nice book because it had this sort of honesty about it, and this natural flow of things. It's about Tess who has been left at the altar, her fiance broke up with her via email. The horror! What a bastard, she was angry, and she was ill. And now she is finalyl picking up the pieces of her life and has moved away to a small village somewhere in England. At once she meets Miles, or Ratty as he is called, and dislikes him. But there is something hidden beneath that surface, and he is so sw This was a nice book because it had this sort of honesty about it, and this natural flow of things. It's about Tess who has been left at the altar, her fiance broke up with her via email. The horror! What a bastard, she was angry, and she was ill. And now she is finalyl picking up the pieces of her life and has moved away to a small village somewhere in England. At once she meets Miles, or Ratty as he is called, and dislikes him. But there is something hidden beneath that surface, and he is so sweet to people he like. But it is not as easy, her ex is back (still an ass), but something is building up. Of all the ways to broke up, I disliked her ex Olly at once. And more as I got to know Tess, because there are more things hidden, and one thing is for sure. She is so much better off without him. I really liked when Miles came and defended her at once time when Olly was being an ass. Miles, oh he is a player, he enjoys his women, but there is still this sweet side to him when he is around his friends, and their kids. One have to like him, and he does want her, and as times go by, he understands how much he wants her. There is no big things happening, there is just life. Tess trying to make a new living, getting new friends, trying to get away from her overprotective parents, and slowly trusting a man again. But like life, there is also hardship. She is still very vulnerable, and it shows. It's a nice book about life, love and everything else. I know she has to be comfortable to let him in, and I wait for it to happen. They are such good friends, and I am sure they could be happy together. But I am never certain, Moorcroft does keep me on my edge, I do not know how she does it, but she does. She makes me doubt and then she makes me happy. I like that, because even if my soul knows that that HEA is coming, I still want to be surprised. What I liked about this book was the honesty, the normal people living normal lives, and two people falling in love, slowly but with a certainty. People making mistakes, and in the end, true love.Sometimes you don't need more than that. No big gestures, no crazy anecdotes, just a great couple and their way, to love, or not to love. I can't go and spoil everything now can I.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucie Wheeler

    I bought this book after reading Sue Moorcroft's other book with Choclit publishing, All That Mullarkey. I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to see the background to Miles 'Ratty' Rattenbury as I had only seen him briefly in ATM. I must admit that it did take me one or two chapters to really get hooked on it but that's not to say I didn't enjoy the opening chapters - I just wasn't hooked straight away. The story opens with Tess Riddell getting a horrible email from her fiancé calling off I bought this book after reading Sue Moorcroft's other book with Choclit publishing, All That Mullarkey. I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to see the background to Miles 'Ratty' Rattenbury as I had only seen him briefly in ATM. I must admit that it did take me one or two chapters to really get hooked on it but that's not to say I didn't enjoy the opening chapters - I just wasn't hooked straight away. The story opens with Tess Riddell getting a horrible email from her fiancé calling off the wedding and the relationship, which sends Tess into moving away and "starting over" elsewhere to get over this terrible ordeal. She then, quite literally, crashes into Ratty, with whom she doesn't hit it off with straight away. As the story moves forward the reader is constantly wondering whether there is something more with the two of them as their relationship seems an unlikely one but there is definitely something there. They develop a friendship but it is apparent that both want more; but neither of them realise it of each other. Ratty comes across as quite the womaniser but things are not always as they appear to be. When old flame Olly, (the horrid fiancé!) comes back looking for Tess, she needs to decide whether or not he will fit into her new life in Middledip, and after a few encounters she makes her mind up. Tess and Ratty's 'relationship' continues to baffle the reader and you are always left thinking, will they, wont they? the whole way through the book which makes for excellent reading. Then when things seem like they are going well - another blast from the past comes along to try and ruin it! The question is, are they successful in doing so? Even though the book ends as a lot of the stories do within this genre, that is what makes the readers of this particular type of book, happy. It is what we want! The characters are very well written and portrayed realistically. Making it easy to identify with them and go along the journey with them. A great read and a definite recommendation to all fans of romantic fiction.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This book gave me 'laugh out loud' moments, and tears. I really did feel for Tess at times. You can't help loving Ratty - he's a rogue, but clever and handsome (of course)- a good 'bad boy' who knows how to get what he wants, and Tess's knight in shining armour. I think every woman wants a guy like Ratty! I don't want to say too much about this book and ruin the ending, but when, what I thought was the happy ending got shattered into a thousand pieces, there was another roller coaster ride of emo This book gave me 'laugh out loud' moments, and tears. I really did feel for Tess at times. You can't help loving Ratty - he's a rogue, but clever and handsome (of course)- a good 'bad boy' who knows how to get what he wants, and Tess's knight in shining armour. I think every woman wants a guy like Ratty! I don't want to say too much about this book and ruin the ending, but when, what I thought was the happy ending got shattered into a thousand pieces, there was another roller coaster ride of emotions to entail and this time through Ratty. After the first couple of chapters, I didn't want to put this book down. That's not saying that the first couple of chapters are slow, just when things between Ratty and Tess were getting frustratingly exciting, I'd begrudgingly would have to put it down (otherwise the kids would starve, no housework or writing of my own done), and couldn't wait to pick it up again! When I wasn't reading this book, I was always thinking about it. Always a sign of a good book in my opinion. A wonderful romance, with some great, sexy, emotional twists ::sigh::

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am so angry. I do not like to wind up hating the main character, although, that was a twist I did not see coming. Maybe some people appreciate the way it ended. I do not. Tess is one of the most selfish characters I have ever read. I really wanted Ratty to be done with her. Move on, dude. She's a freaking mess. So irritated. The ridiculous things that kept happening to her and involving those around her were ludicrous. Ugh. I loved this book SO MUCH at a certain point, then realized I was only I am so angry. I do not like to wind up hating the main character, although, that was a twist I did not see coming. Maybe some people appreciate the way it ended. I do not. Tess is one of the most selfish characters I have ever read. I really wanted Ratty to be done with her. Move on, dude. She's a freaking mess. So irritated. The ridiculous things that kept happening to her and involving those around her were ludicrous. Ugh. I loved this book SO MUCH at a certain point, then realized I was only 60% done. Downhill from there. If I knew Ratty in real life, I would most definitely have to shake him and say, "No, you are not going down this crazy road again." I have enjoyed Sue Moorcroft's other books in her "choc-lit" line... not this one. Is it obvious yet that I don't like how it ended?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara K

    Starting Over seemed as though it would be an exciting book of how one girl's life changed instantly with the end of a marriage, but it turned out to be slightly on the boring side. I was not engaged in the book, nor was I excited to read it. Although not my favorite book, I did like how the author really incorporated what the girl's life was like before and after the ending of her marriage and the struggles that she was forced to overcome when trying to start her life over. I was disappointed w Starting Over seemed as though it would be an exciting book of how one girl's life changed instantly with the end of a marriage, but it turned out to be slightly on the boring side. I was not engaged in the book, nor was I excited to read it. Although not my favorite book, I did like how the author really incorporated what the girl's life was like before and after the ending of her marriage and the struggles that she was forced to overcome when trying to start her life over. I was disappointed with how the story ended, it was rather predictable and did not have a lot of build up to it. Overall, I was not a huge fan of this book as it was somewhat unpleasant to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Amazon's Kindle Store can be a dangerous thing. I read a friend's review on this book and within minutes had it on my Macbook. We briefly met Miles "Ratty" Rattenbury in "All That Mullarkey" and it was nice to read his story. As with my review for "All That Mullarkey" this romance and its characters to me felt very real and lets face it for the majority of us the road to our one "true love" isn't always an easy road. I can't wait to read more by this author. Amazon's Kindle Store can be a dangerous thing. I read a friend's review on this book and within minutes had it on my Macbook. We briefly met Miles "Ratty" Rattenbury in "All That Mullarkey" and it was nice to read his story. As with my review for "All That Mullarkey" this romance and its characters to me felt very real and lets face it for the majority of us the road to our one "true love" isn't always an easy road. I can't wait to read more by this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Childs

    I want to live in a place like Middledip. Great characters written extremely well with flaws that make them more genuine, I love how nobody is perfect in here as is true in life (although the lovely Jos comes close). The story did jump ahead in some spots time wise but I soon got back into the swing and some scenes had me flying along with hardly pause for breath they were that well written. Loved the storyline and will definitely be picking up more books by this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jonicat Motoike

    Oops. My mistake. I thought that there was a mistake on page 194, but I was wrong. I had to read the passage several times to realize that there must have been a page break at the end of page 194. I made this mistake because Tess was thinking about Ratty and then all of a sudden she was talking to Ollie on the next page. I really enjoyed this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Chowdory

    I really enjoyed this lil romance, only took 4 hours or so to read! I like Tess as a character and the characters were drawn really well. In short its a nice way to take a break from a hefty tome that you might be reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aunty Janet

    Sweet romantic story about endings and new beginnings. I loved the characters in the village which Tess moves to following the split with her fiancé Olly. As her new friends absorb her into village life, Tess learns that people are not always as they first appear.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    Fantastic read, highly recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jill Fox

    Really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and kept you on your toes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    S. L Lewis

    I really enjoyed this book. So much so I gave a copy to one of my friends and five more bought their own! A very good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mariana Pedrosa

    Unexpected and surprising!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jody Vitek

    An enjoyable read with colorful characters and a beautiful setting. I'd read more by this author. An enjoyable read with colorful characters and a beautiful setting. I'd read more by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Quite similar in style to Katie Fforde's older works although younger characters. Quite similar in style to Katie Fforde's older works although younger characters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    This is a romance book but I'm not sure that it has a happily ever after like you'd think. This is a book that really makes you think after you have finished reading it because it's not all fluffy and wrapped up in cotton wool for you to instantly love. It's real, with parts that you can imagine in real life. I like romances that are fluffy though and there were bits of this that I didn't like, for example: Ratty has this plot for Tess to fall in love with him but half way through he drops her l This is a romance book but I'm not sure that it has a happily ever after like you'd think. This is a book that really makes you think after you have finished reading it because it's not all fluffy and wrapped up in cotton wool for you to instantly love. It's real, with parts that you can imagine in real life. I like romances that are fluffy though and there were bits of this that I didn't like, for example: Ratty has this plot for Tess to fall in love with him but half way through he drops her like he isn't even interested. Then they get together and something from Ratty's past causes trouble. Tess runs away, because it's what she's good at, Ratty spends a lot of time trying to find her and when she comes back he gives her the cold shoulder. The way they resolve things also left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. It wasn't awh sweet, it was a bit gosh this book was really good until this bit. The ending felt really rushed almost as if the author was on a deadline and had to get the book done. I think the ending needs a bit more polish. Have already read the second book in the series and I really like it. Although this book has it's fault, it's what gave it a four star rating, because life has it's faults. Life is not wrapped up in pretty bows.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma Mcvittie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tess dumped by email before the wedding and then had a traumatic miscarriage I liked Tess and could connect with her having been through a similar miscarriage experience myself (big bleed) but as the story went I found myself dis connecting with here and finding her a little immature and irresponsible. Ratty handsome,moody man knows what he wants in life and how to get it ,although I found the while Franca thing a bit stupid and this annoyed me also didn’t like the last few chapters or what went Tess dumped by email before the wedding and then had a traumatic miscarriage I liked Tess and could connect with her having been through a similar miscarriage experience myself (big bleed) but as the story went I found myself dis connecting with here and finding her a little immature and irresponsible. Ratty handsome,moody man knows what he wants in life and how to get it ,although I found the while Franca thing a bit stupid and this annoyed me also didn’t like the last few chapters or what went on in the hotel room Ratty came across very aggressive. I liked the rest of the story about village life and all the village people. I think this books touched on some true life topics very well which is why i gave 3*** domestic violence and miscarriage.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Hammonds

    ok. I love love. Especially when it's unconditionally. That's what Ratty's love for Tessa was like. Once you love someone then nothing can break it. Yes she irritated me with her decision to disappear but that was how she dealt with issues of the heart and not to mention her awful relationship with her buffoon ex-fiancé. He broke off the weeding via email. Stupid. Anyway I was happy Ratty forgive her. They never stopped loving each other. Although, I felt Ratty loved her more. Anyway I was at 3 ok. I love love. Especially when it's unconditionally. That's what Ratty's love for Tessa was like. Once you love someone then nothing can break it. Yes she irritated me with her decision to disappear but that was how she dealt with issues of the heart and not to mention her awful relationship with her buffoon ex-fiancé. He broke off the weeding via email. Stupid. Anyway I was happy Ratty forgive her. They never stopped loving each other. Although, I felt Ratty loved her more. Anyway I was at 3 stars when I was 86% of the book. Then I finished and I'll add a star. Now what to read next???

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Jarvis

    Deleted from my kindle after a few chapters. This was my first encounter with Middledip and unfortunately I won't read the rest, I'm always disappointed when a story is unfolding and the author goes and plonks a fairly blatant sex scene in the middle, or in this case, fairly near the beginning. I think its an excuse because they can't make the book interesting otherwise. Too chatty and loose for me and a bit unreal, I gave up. Not for me I'm sorry to say, it dipped in the middle and didn't rise Deleted from my kindle after a few chapters. This was my first encounter with Middledip and unfortunately I won't read the rest, I'm always disappointed when a story is unfolding and the author goes and plonks a fairly blatant sex scene in the middle, or in this case, fairly near the beginning. I think its an excuse because they can't make the book interesting otherwise. Too chatty and loose for me and a bit unreal, I gave up. Not for me I'm sorry to say, it dipped in the middle and didn't rise to my standard of good literature.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daný

    Fits the summer romance genre but at some point I got a bit tired of another hurdle coming...and another...and another...and another. Also, how do you come from a doctor's office with the message that you're pregnant and then without miscarrying turn out not to be pregnant after all..? Not dramatically bad or anything, but I've read romances I liked better. Fits the summer romance genre but at some point I got a bit tired of another hurdle coming...and another...and another...and another. Also, how do you come from a doctor's office with the message that you're pregnant and then without miscarrying turn out not to be pregnant after all..? Not dramatically bad or anything, but I've read romances I liked better.

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