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- Publisher: Bookouture (April 4, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MFFM7HB
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Opening at the funeral of Lizzie’s father isn’t necessarily the best introduction to the Lovell girls, and her mother is particularly put out by her ‘relegation’ to a lesser row as she is the divorcee, not the widow. And believe me – Lizzie’s mother Gwendolyn and her sister Gracie could have complained for England – and probably won it all. Fortunately, Lizzie is a bit too busy to always be negative and grousing – as she decided to, after being horribly misused by her ex, purchase a run-down mill on the outskirts of the town her father grew up in. Passing the run-down mill on their frequent road trips into the country left Lizzie with plenty of fond memories and perhaps a blind spot or seven when it comes to the potential of the old mill to be a working concern and home for her after renovation.
As if renovating (with no experience and a limited budget) an old grain mill isn’t enough – Lizzie is the one on the family who has taken on the role of “caretaker and fixer”, from checking on her mum and pushing her to move forward, to taking in her very annoying and rather spoilt sister: the only one in the family to whom their rather childish and immature brother will speak, and the only member of the Lovell family that is even remotely polite to (in fact – friendly with) her father’s widow Florentina. When you add in a gorgeous neighbor who was introduced by his little brother – a special needs adult-child who is an amazingly bright spot in the story – you get confusion, a family feud between Lizzie and her sister about their ‘stepmother’, a tragic ending for her brother James and a return (with a vengeance) of Lizzie’s deeply rooted trust issues when it comes to Jude and his relationship with the mother of his little son.
I love Tennant’s books and her writing – and for the most part her stories have a way of feeling very ‘real and plausible’ with plenty of intriguing dreams being chased by the characters she creates. This one, however, required a bit more ‘stick-to-it-ness’ than I normally find. Family and personal discord and upheaval, insecurities and conflicts all seemed to pop up when things were starting to progress – if not exactly smoothly, then a bit like a massive building project – one thing works and another seems to break down. But, I held onto the hope that the characters would find their way to new opportunities and outlooks – and that, like their grief, the drama and upheaval wouldn’t last forever. I was rewarded – the pieces so unreliably reliable for creating discord and ill-will were sorted out with cooler heads and a bit of time taking the edge off emotions and allowing a new outlook to present itself. With the sails working on the mill, a new baby and hope for new loves and happiness to come – the story came around to leave me with a smile.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
As Lizzie is a freelance web writer, she is able to take her job anywhere. When she sees the old dilapidated windmill her father had so dreamed of restoring on the ride to the cemetery, the kernel of an idea begins to germinate. In the next few months she finds herself the owner of the mill and it’s property, a caravan for temporary housing, an enormous mortgage, and a feeling of exhilaration. She is stepping out of her box, taking a chance, and is so excited to see what will come with the renovation.
She meets neighbor Jude Travers and his disabled brother Charlie and forms a fast friendship with them both. A strong attraction between Lizzie and Jude is evident from the beginning. But the baggage Lizzie carries from her previous relationship and the presence of Jude’s former relationship in the form of close friend Harriet and their young son Artie may be more than they can overcome. When Gracie appears on Lizzie’s doorstep after her break up, the trailer gets crowded and patience gets thin. And thus the story evolves.
Life goes along uneventfully until tragedies strike that bring the four women together, making unlikely bonds and acceptance. In Tilly Tennant!s twenty-second novel, the reader is once again in store for a story of love in its many facets as well as the way it unites people in the darkest of times. I did enjoy this book and I do recommend it.
Lizzie is lost without her beloved Dad but when she buys the old dilapidated mill that her father always dreamed of owning, she feels like it was fate and that he would be proud of her for taking it on. And a huge task it is as the mill barely has walls let alone windows or anything else that makes it habitable. But it is a new start which is exactly what Lizzie needs. What she didn't expect were her handsome next door neighbour and his amazing little brother, and suddenly Lizzie finds herself in a new relationship. But life is rarely simple and as Lizzie tries to juggle this herculean renovation alongside her family squabbling, is she really ready for love with someone who has a very close relationship with his ex?
Charming, funny, and very realistic, THE MILL ON MAGNOLIA LANE by Tilly Tennant may just put you off doing some home renovations but it will make you smile and fall in love with this wonderful group of quirky characters who are all dealing with their own stuff, and trying to be happy. The setting is perfect and I really hope this won't be the last we hear from this spirited community, but it is the emotional parts of this story which shone for me. The topics of grief, sibling rivalry, step-parenting, co-parenting and more are all deftly entwined amongst new romance, friendship, self-belief, and love, and I read this book in one night as I simply could not put it down.
THE MILL ON MAGNOLIA LANE by Tilly Tennant was everything I had hoped it would be and then some, and I highly recommend it to fiction fans everywhere!