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  • A lovely story that will warm your heart!

    The School of Starting Over by Lisa Swift is a delightful and uplifting story that will tug at your heartstrings. Set in the charming Yorkshire village of Leyholme, it follows Nell Shackleton, who has moved to Leyholme for a fresh start after a bad breakup. She is the new reception teacher at the local primary school and has bought a dilapidated farmhouse because it's all she can afford at the moment. Nell loves her new job and is enjoying village life. When she meets Stevie, they become great friends. Stevie's four-year-old daughter is one of Nell's students. Her wife died four years ago, and she has no desire to date again. But fate has other plans when Deb, the dog walker, comes into her life. But will Stevie's sad past stop her from finding love again? When Nell meets Xander, the acting headmaster, there's an immediate spark between them, but he's too shy and insecure to ask her out on a date. Xander lacks self- confidence and doesn't think he deserves to be the headmaster. He lives at home with his mom, who is having a hard time coping with her husband's suicide. With the support of Nell, the teachers, parents, and everyone in the community, we see Xander grow as a person throughout the story. I absolutely loved this sweet and touching story. The characters are lovable, including Colin the sheep and the dogs. I loved the small tight-knit community feeling and the school setting. The author deals with some deep emotional issues in a mature and sympathetic manner. As much as I love these types of books, they can be slightly predictable, so I was pleasantly surprised by the twist. I knew that Nell was hiding something, but was completely taken off guard when her secret was finally revealed. I will definitely be reading more books by Lisa Swift and highly recommend this lovely read. I received an ARC from Hera Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • A happy ending

    I liked the book, I thought it went over the top in some ways, a bit too melodramatic in places. Nice twist

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  • Believable characters, great story

    I thought this was great. More back story and depth than many romances and believable characters. I look forward to reading more from Lisa Swift

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  • Heartwarming and a joy to read👍👍

    Lovely, heartwarming story of connecting lives in small-town England🌄 😌 What a lovely story, alternately funny, warm, romantic, and tearfully emotional. From Nell's first night in her leaking house huddled with a stray sheep, I was hooked. Some way into the story a mystery surfaces about heroine Nell's background and occasional odd comments from her family that indicate a secret kept from her friends. Little clues pop up until finally, her romantic interest/acting boss Xander learns the truth. Major upheaval results. 🤗 In the meantime, author Lisa Swift builds a lovely community of adorable tots and their parents, devoted teachers and some singles who end up finding second chances at love. Xander and Nell quickly establish a fun rapport that promises a closer partnership. I adored hero Xander's exhausted friends Sarah and Justin and their whirlwind two-year-old Jacob. Justin's efforts to chat up Stevie on a night at the local pub and Xander's babysitting efforts were priceless. And young Milly, dedicated mountaineer and storybook heroine, steals so many scenes. I loved it all!😍 The heavy emotional burden that widowed, single mother Stevie carries and her supportive connection to newcomer Nell were compelling, as was the grief Xander and his mother were still dealing with. Just so many captivating life stories woven together to achieve a novel with lots of heart. What a joy to read!👍👍 Thanks to publisher Hera Books and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • cute cover!

    I wish this town was real because I would move there without a hesitation! I love the characters. The romance and adventures that they had were ones that brought laughter and tears to my eyes. I enjoyed this book a lot and hope to continue reading from this author. I hope it turns into a series because I def would stay up all night reading!

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