Series: Wynbridge #4
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 13th 2017
Genres: Fiction, General
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From the bestelling author of Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market and The Cherry Tree Café comes a glorious summer treat of glamping, vintage tearooms and love ...
When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend Gwen dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage.
Lottie loves the cottage but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so.
Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a gorgeous tearoom.
But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover who she can trust, and who to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, will she also find love?
I’ve been wanting to read one of Heidi Swain’s books for ages – in fact, I own three of her books, I just haven’t gotten around to reading them (#storyofmylife) so when my local library got in a copy of Heidi’s newest release Coming Home To Cuckoo Cottage, I had to pick it up! All of Heidi’s novels are connected, set in the town of Wynbridge, but it doesn’t seem like you *have* to read the books in order, although it’s obviously preferable and makes for a much better reading experience, but I’m just a maverick who doesn’t listen to the rules.
Coming Home To Cuckoo Cottage was a brilliant read. I loved the warmth, the gentle humour, the characters, and the town of Wynbride. This one is set a bit outside of Wynbridge, but you still meet characters from the previous books. I love that, actually, when authors bring characters back in later books, so you know they’re pootling along OK. For me, the pages just flew over. I enjoyed Lottie’s narrative, she had such a lovely voice, and I feel like she could definitely be someone I could be friends with, which is what I always like to look for when I’m reading. Inheriting a fabulous house is kind of the dream, isn’t it? And I liked seeing Lottie explore Cuckoo Cottage, the descriptions of Cuckoo Cottage were absolutely glorious, I could see the barns, and imagine all of Lottie’s plans coming to fruition.
As with most Chick Lit novels, there are a few cliches – the neighbour who Lottie obviously gets off on the wrong foot with; the villain character you can see a mile off, in fog, yet Lottie is oblivious, and a few others. It was mostly the villain one which got my goat. Lottie is clearly a clever girl, she’s bright, so why she allowed herself to be taken in made me want to scream. One of my favourite characters was definitely Minnie the dog. She was hilarious! She was like an actual human character, the way she disliked certain people and got huffy when Lottie left her by herself, it honestly just tickled me.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed Coming Home To Cuckoo Cottage. I really fancied a good Chick Lit read and this one more than fulfilled that for me. Heidi Swain has such a gorgeous writing style, so easy and warm and so easy to devour. I can’t wait to go back and read more books set in Wynbridge and there’s already another new novel due out soon (when does she sleep!??!). I loved meeting Lottie, and learning about Gwen, and Cuckoo Cottage, and while Lottie may not have loved Will the moment she set eyes on him, I didn’t mind him at all (apart from the speeding). Coming Home To Cuckoo Cottage is a classic Chick Lit novel and I loved it.