snowdrops on rosemary

Genre: Holiday/Christmas/Romance
Publication: December 26th 2019 by Avon Books

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My thoughts…

This was a really good heart-warming read. I can’t quite pinpoint why this was set aside from your typical holiday reads but it really was. It was something about the underlying mystery surrounding the situation I think. It was warm, there was heart-break at times, but it was hopeful all the same. I loved reading about the close-knit village community. It worked well as a standalone book but is also part of a series. It’s also not hugely Christmas-Focused which means that if you’re not into Christmas books then you’ll enjoy this. It’s more ‘Winter’ themed than anything else. Beautiful and a story of strength throughout an unpredictable life course.

About the book…

This is the third book in Ellen Berry’s series – Rosemary Lane – but I’ve never read the others and this is designed to be a standalone book as well. (I definitely will read the others now though!)

Last winter she had a plan.

Lucy fell in love with tumbledown Rosemary Cottage as a child. So thirty years on, when she loses her city job and discovers the cottage is for sale, it feels like fate. She’ll raise her children in Burley Bridge and transform the cottage into a B & B with her husband.

But a year can change everything . . .

Now Lucy is juggling two children and a B & B on her own. Christmas looks set to be their last on Rosemary Lane – until she meets James, a face from her past and someone who might offer a different kind of future . . .

Should Lucy leave the cottage behind? Or could this winter on Rosemary Lane be the start of something new?

About the author…

Ellen Berry is the pen name for author Fiona Gibson – As a self-confessed magazine addict, Fiona started working on teen bible Jackie in Dundee at the age of 17. Originally from a West Yorkshire village called Goose Eye, she spent her twenties as a magazine journalist in London and moved to a crumbling old house in the South Lanarkshire countryside when her twin sons were toddlers.

When her boys left for university, Fiona felt a craving for city life again. With her husband Jimmy and their daughter Erin, she now lives in a flat in Glasgow. She loves to draw, paint, cook and run – usually with her collie cross, Jack (just the running part).

Writing as Fiona Foden, she is the author of four children’s novels (published by Scholastic) including A Kiss, A Dare and a Boat Called Promise, based on her two years spent living on a bobbing narrowboat on the Regent’s Canal in Islington.

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