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  • Luxe magnificence v. Village quaint

    🌄 Sweet village with teacup drama: not really for me 3.5-4 🌟stars This story has its ups and downs for me. The book started with a good hook of an opening, setting the stage for animosity the heroine retained for the hero. Yes, community spirit, village life and fun friendship come through loud and clear. If you've already read earlier books in the series about little, rural Scottish Heartcross you will probably enjoy the updates provided on key characters from the previous stories about its residents but if new to the series those digressions might be confusing. I actually thought Starcross Manor focused too heavily on describing the luxury hotelier Flynn brings with him to the town and, apart from some action and drama midstory at heroine Julia's bed and breakfast, the plot seemed a bit thin. Each new event or occasion just seemed an opportunity to ratchet up the unbelievable luxury Flynn offered to his guests and Julia's clique of helpers and girlfriends. I also found the revelation twist during Julia's birthday celebration highly contrived; I don't believe a close relative and friend would have kept mum for so long. The love story portion is really low-key and tentative, so if you are looking for a sweet but full-fledged romance I don't expect you will find it here. I guess the story just did not meet my expectations; I was hoping for something heavier on the romance. This was my first time dipping into the Love Heart Lane series and I doubt I will be back. Thanks to publishers Harper Collins/One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Fun Read!

    Starcross Manor is a delightful book. It is part of a series that takes place in a small Scottish town called Heartcross. The town alone in this book is a pleasure to read about and I loved getting to know all of the characters! The community is very tight-knit and cares for one another. Starcross Manor works well as a stand alone (this was my first time reading Christie Barlow). Though Barlow’s writing is so great I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series! The town alone in this book is a delight and I loved getting to know all of the characters! Julia Coleman is about to turn forty and has a thriving Bed and Breakfast. She is making plans to expand when a man from her past breezes into town. Julia is my favorite character in the book by far. I loved reading about the business she has built, her friends and her co-worker Eleni. Flynn Carter is a big time business developer in the hospitality industry. He has big plans for new business in town and has been charmed by Julia Coleman ... though he doesn’t remember her right away. Julia knew Flynn to be a shark in business (like when he bought her grandfather’s house) and a cad when he broke off his wedding to her friend the day of. When we meet Flynn he seems warm, handsome and sparks fly between him and Julia. Has he changed? Barlow is able to balance the conflict and levity in this book in a strong way. There is so much fun going on in this book... town events, ghost hunting and parties. I enjoyed the slow build of romance in this book. Light on the steamy bits but very lovely to read about. My wish was granted on #Netgalley in exchange for a review. #Starcrossmanor

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  • A delightful and compelling story

    And yet another author to add to my favorites list. Christie Barlow has a wonderful way of making the reader feel like they are immersed in the beautiful town of Heartcross enjoying the amazing weather, the gorgeous scenery, and fantastic hospitality. Julia is a proud and successful bed and breakfast owner who is understandably concerned about the handsome millionaire Flynn Carter’s new venture of transforming Starcross Manor into a five-star motel. After all, she was privy a few years ago to his questionable business methods of taking what he wants. Not to mention, his callousness at dumping her best friend the day of her wedding. However, he’s been nothing but kind and generous to her since she met him again in Heartcross. Could she be wrong about him? Julia and Flynn are both very likable characters. Julia is part of a great community and has many friends in town. After all, they give her an amazing 40th birthday party and help her when she desperately needs it. However, it is Flynn who is my favorite character in this book. His assistance with her birthday celebration is romantic and very telling, and he proves himself to be the man to go to in a crisis and goes above and beyond for Julia and the town. Flynn is a keeper. The author’s descriptive narrative and relatable characters make this a delightful and compelling story about love, trust, and community. If you enjoy beautiful settings, intriguing characters, and budding romances, give this book a try. I would definitely love to visit Heartcross and enjoy the food, the people, and the atmosphere. Thank you to Ms. Barlow for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • Good series

    Always a good read, can't wait for next one. Well done

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  • Excellent

    I am really enjoying this series, there is always a surprise, can’t wait for the lake house to be available.

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