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    A cozy vibe despite the complexities and drama.

    Emily Prescott, expert baker, is in a dwindling relationship with firefighter boyfriend when she finds out he cheated on her. She doesn’t know how to handle the complicated mess of her life, so she flees to her childhood home in Scotland to serve as bridesmaid and make the wedding cake for her friend Beth’s wedding. The drama intensifies as even more issues come to light. This is an enjoyable and relaxing read that gives me all the feelings I wish for in a book of this genre. I loved that this story has such a light, happy and sometimes funny vibe to it. There are patches of life wisdom scattered about, which I find an added bonus. I feel drawn in by plenty of descriptions of life in Glendale, which reminds me of rural life of my childhood in northern Norway. I always seem to enjoy stories set in Scotland. There’s just something about descriptions of relationships and the rural community feel that that appeals to me so much. Beth Williams, bride and small town power house, is working to breathe new life into the community using her grandmother’s inheritance. She has chosen to make her wedding a major community rally to both make the wedding perfect and to add business and activity to the Glendale area. I am pleased to see Emily has support of her close Scottish friends and family at a time when she feels life is tough and she doesn’t know what the next step is. There is a whole cast of background characters in this story who are all Emily’s friends and family. Most important is commitment phobic boyfriend Greg, who fortunately goes through a major development throughout and is essential to the plot. Also vital to this story is handsome minister Brodie Stewart. His presence intensifies the drama and complications even more. I really appreciate how the writing relates a cozy vibe despite the complexities and drama of the plot. Relaxing summery weather descriptions add to a relaxed holiday feel. Wedding preparations get a distinct place in the story. We get to follow planning of the color scheme, bridesmaid’s dresses and wedding cake as well as the outdoor arrangement of flowers and lights on the gazebo in the grounds of Glendale Hall. This was an enjoyable and relaxing read, just as I was expecting. I would recommend it to fans of Victoria Walters and readers of romance woman’s fiction. This is book 2 in the Glendale Hall series. I read it as a standalone, which worked out just fine, and will be on the lookout for future installments. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Hera, for this ARC in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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    A charming story

    It's a pleasure to read such a charming story about a woman faced with so many important decisions in her life and tackling them with eloquence, grace, and the love of family, and friends. Emily's life is a mess. She finds out her boyfriend, Greg, cheats on her with her co-worker right before she heads off to her best friend, Beth's wedding in Glendale, Scotland. While there, she realizes there are more changes in store and an unexpected attraction to local minister, Reverend Brodie Stewart which comes at an inopportune time. This is definitely a cozy, feel-good story, about following your dreams with the support and love of family and friends. The Glendale community is endearing and a place where I would love to live.  Emily is so very strong and brave to change her life and follow her dreams.  I especially enjoyed Brodie's valued advice and unwavering support as well as his quirky humor. If you enjoy cozy romances with inviting locations and well-developed characters, I recommend this charming book. Thank you to Ms. Walters for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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    Excellent, loved it!!

    A great easy read and has a lovely feel good factor. A brilliant holiday read, wish there was more than 2 books in the series! Really like Victoria Walters style of writing.
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    A heartwarming, inspiring, and feel-good romance.

    Coming Home to Glendale Hall was my first book by Victoria Walters, which focused on single parent Beth who got a second chance at love with her first boyfriend Drew. This time we follow Emily's story, who is Beth's friend, and how she tries to put back her life after everything falling apart. She is getting ready to travel to Glendale to attend Beth and Drew's wedding and bake their wedding cake, but decided to leave earlier than planned after she discovers that her boyfriend Greg cheated on her. It was really great to be back in Glendale, a small town in the Scottish Highlands, and get reacquainted with my favorite characters from the previous book. This book was about friends and family, chasing your dreams, and finding love when you least expect it. Emily was so lucky with the group of people around her that had her back no matter what. There were a lot of difficult decisions she had to make, and I was happy that she had people around her that could give her advise and support. This book like the previous one was very heartwarming and a feel-good romance. The pacing was great and I loved that the author took the time to tell Emily's story. I felt like I was in Glendale together with the characters, and I really enjoyed spending time with all of them. The characters were great and they really elevated the story. My favorite thing about this book was the setting and the community of Glendale. It just felt very peaceful and it made me feel very cozy. This book is so much more than a romance novel. For me the romance in this book was not the most important thing that was highlighted. This book was Emily's journey to self-discovery and believing that anything is possible. That was so much more important than her finding love again. There are so many things in this book that people can relate to, which I loved. I really enjoy this author's writing, and I look forward to reading more of her books.
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    Heartwarming story that rises above common tropes

    At first this seemed like a novel that was feeding into a couple of common romance novel tropes with the heroine finding out that her boyfriend had cheated on her and then she goes to visit her best friend in a charming small Scottish village where everyone knows everyone is friendly, helpful, and kind. But, as the plot develops, it rises above those tropes. Emily’s boyfriend, Greg, has problems that will make your heart go out to him even as you’re pulling for Emily to move on. The new love interest is the local minister who is sexy and funny enough so that Emily and the reader can see him as more than a stereotypical vicar. This was a heartwarming story that I really enjoyed. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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