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    This is a book that will put a smile on your face

    Amelia hasn’t had the best of luck for the past few years. Firstly her husband just ups and leaves, writing a note to say he can’t carry on living a lie anymore. He also takes all the money leaving Amelia with their young son Charlie, no money and a mortgage to pay. Unable to do so she finds herself losing the family home and being housed by the council in a small flat on a rough estate, taking on a part-time job just to put food on the table. Plus she has a growing pile of debts. So when Alexander Benjamin (Benji) from a law firm contacts her telling her that she is a descendant of the Chesterford family and that the Earl recently passed away and that she is now the owner of Chesterford Castle in Northumberland she really can’t take it in, but with nothing to lose she and Charlie head of to start a new life in Northumberland. The castle already has a few staff members including Dorothy the housekeeper, Arthur (her husband) the groundsman, Tiffany who does the books, and Joey who seems to be the general dog’s body. The castle is open to visitors but unfortunately, it doesn’t get many and those that do come don’t come back as the place hasn’t got anything to offer. Amelia needs to make this work so sets about making some changes, including hiring the mysterious Tom who has been sent by Benji to help. However, not everyone may be happy with the changes, this is a medieval castle after all!! I absolutely adore Ali McNamara’s books, especially ‘Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van‘ which I reviewed last June, so when I heard that Ali had another book out I couldn’t wait to get started. Once again Ali McNamara has surpassed my expectations and has written a book that I have simply fallen in love with. The whole premise of the book had me eagerly reading. Amelia was such a delightful character to read about. She is your normal average woman who has really been through some hard times and somehow managed to find herself with a castle. She doesn’t want any airs and graces, no matter how often the staff and locals try to call her ‘Lady Chesterford’, she can also see how special the castle is and how it is an important part of history and she wants to bring it back to life and make it popular again. This is a book that will put a smile on your face. It brings with it a warmth of happiness and is as beautiful on the inside as that cover looks. It is a must-read for summer, the perfect book to lounge by the pool or just in your garden and relax with an amazing story you won’t want to put down.
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    I really loved this book!

    I really loved this book, a rags to riches (well sort of!) story with fabulous characters, a castle, ghosts and a mystery! Amelia is a struggling single mother, living on a dodgy estate with her 10 year old son Charlie (her husband just walked out one day and left them), when she finds out she is an ancestor of the Chesterfords of Northumberland and has been left a castle by the sea as she is the next living relative. At first of course she thinks it's all a joke, but when it becomes clear it's true she moves to the castle with Charlie to try and rejuvenate it's finances and make it a viable business again for future generations. The small group of people already working there have been there years and after the initial settling in everyone is very happy with the new owners, although Amelia finds it very hard being addressed as Lady of the Manor and the staff equally find it hard to just call her just Amelia! Charlie of course is in his element and is taken under the wing of everyone there. There are some lovely characters in this story, with the addition of four ghosts that Charlie can see all the time, but it takes a while for Amelia to believe in/see. There is also a slight mystery running through it, and maybe other relatives around that people don't know about. This was a really easy reading intriguing story with a lovely ending that could easily become a series with other characters at the castle.
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    Fairy Tale Magic

    I love Ali McNamara books, you know you’re in for a nice cosy read and the delivered just that. The story was unusual however originality is always appreciated and this rags to riches tale was a great modern, perhaps with a hint of feminist, fairy tale. It has a great host of characters from the main character of single mum Amelia and her, wise beyond his years, son Charlie and the motley crew that make up the castle staff, restorer Tom and historian Benji. This is a wonderfully imaginative story but written in a very down to earth way and all in all makes for a very relaxing and entertaining read.
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