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  • A Warm-Hearted New Series!

    It's lovely to have a new read from Alison Sherlock to sink into and I know this is going to be a wonderful series. Amber Green has been 'persuaded' by her mother (in the way that mothers do) to travel from New York to New Zealand via England to visit her godmother Cathy - also her mother's best friend. When she gets there she finds the village of Cranbridge has changed from the lively village her mother remembers; Cathy's shop has fallen far behind the times and is struggling to survive. Cathy's son Josh is in despair about their failing business and Amber realises that her experience in retail, albeit on the design side, may just be of help. Can they work together to turn around the shop's fortune and, along with it, the village? I've come to expect warm-hearted tales from this author and this book does just that. With a fine array of varied and interesting characters, I hope there are many more to come in this series. I really like how it is set close to where the Willow Tree Hall series is set, and there was a slight mention of that which I loved. There are no surprises in this one, just a beautifully written and smoothly flowing tale which begins a series I look forward to reading. An enjoyable and satisfying novel which I'm very happy to give four stars.

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  • Cozy English Romance

    The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was a sweet, cozy romance set in the charming village of Cranbridge in England. It felt like a Hallmark/Lifetime movie with some HGTV thrown in for good measure! It was fun seeing Amber and Josh’s story progress. Amber’s feeling of isolation in the big city and floating through life seem very relatable in early adulthood. The other characters in the village were sweet and truly added to the story. It did take me a couple of chapters to get drawn in but it was worth it! This book would pair well with a hot drink, fireplace and cozy chair.

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  • Cosy romance with amazing cast of characters

    I was so disappointed in this book…… Disappointed I finished it, disappointed the next book isn’t available to read and disappointed I have had to let go of some of the loveliest characters I have ever had the pleasure to read and care about. From the moment Amber turns up in Cranbridge it’s clear this isn’t the place she remembers fondly from her childhood. A once thriving community it has become quiet and without soul. The shop is an overstocked mess and the villagers are now preferring the supermarket. But as Amber and Josh set to work transforming the shop a bigger transformation happens in both Amber and the community. Friendships are formed, loneliness is conquered, old bullies are faced and romance is blossoming just as the autumn leaves are falling to the ground. But as soon as Amber and Josh start making headway with the shop a flood threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard for. This is just the time for the community to pull together. What I loved most about this book is the characters. The author really conveyed how loneliness affects them in different ways and how small changes can really make a difference. Amber was an easy protagonist to warm to. Insecure but strangely confident at the same time she slips quietly in to your conscious and you really root for her. Even the smaller characters that don’t appear often have a big impact due to their big personalities and equally big hearts. With a slow burn romance, gentle pace and some eclectic characters this will wrap you in warmth like one of Grandma Tilly’s blankets. And like Cranbridge stores this had everything I never knew I needed. P.S I really hope to see Dodgy Del appear in future books as every village needs a character like him.

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