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    Escape to Giddywell Grange

    This was a nice story about a woman that receives a do-over at life, love, and happiness. Although a sweet story, I struggled to get through the bulk of it. There were a great number of inconsistencies with story arcs that were introduced but never resolved—they simply faded away (Alice, Grace, Stuart). The entire thread regarding Alex, Maddy's love interest, seemed to be an afterthought. I never really got their connection and the big proclamation came out of nowhere. Along that thought, Jamie's coup de grâce at the office was a bit melodramatic. Finally, the conflict and resolution with Maddy's father was abrupt and jarring. I liked the story—good writing and clean prose—I would have just preferred that it was packaged differently. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Kim Nash for an ARC of 'Escape to Giddywell Grange' in exchange for an honest review.
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    Recommended!

    An excellent and engrossing story that made me smile and root for the characters. I liked the well written cast of characters, the setting and the plot. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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    A fab read

    What a sweetheart of a book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The story of Madison gripped me from the first line, and each chapter revealed the beauty of the writing. Having made redundant after working for a PR company for 12 years, Maddy was at a loss. But when life is tough, we all want to go to one place – back home. Maddy did the same. She went home to her mother, her friends, her old world that she had left far behind in a hurry to get into a business world. She discovered herself and her relationships, both new and old, and soon learnt the true meaning of happiness. My first book by author Kim Nash moved me beyond what I expected. I did not know I would have a lump in my throat while reading certain parts or a smile at others. I think I guffawed at a few places. The story pulled my emotions and kept me connected to it. The writing was all heart, superfluous and exquisite, abounding in layers which showed me Madison’s life in totality, what she was and what she was going to be. Every moment of her life felt precious. The lessons she learnt spoke to me in tiny, different ways. The characters were beautifully etched, the author taking care in details. It was obvious they had received a loving hand in their conception. They were alive and added different flavors to the prose. The story had a few shockers too with secrets and past relationships, which rocked my thriller-y heart. My attention gets distracted easily while reading books of this genre. But with this, at no point could I look away from it. I couldn’t let go. I loved, loved, loved the story, no two ways about it. Quoting a line from the book as told by Madison I could feel myself grinning, and my heart felt full. I feel the same too when I reached the end. A delightful, happy read.
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    A wonderful book by an excellent author!

    Redundant. Ten years of her life. Over. That is pretty much how Maddy Young feels. It is all over. Great job, apartment, company car. Gone. She also lost the man in her life due to a breakup. Maddy has an opportunity to help her friend Beth. No time like the present. Beth is about to undergo an operation and will be out of commission for a while. She owns Growlers, a doggy day-care, and she does other community activities. Maddy takes over for Beth. Gone are the high-powered clothes, the perfect hair and nails. She is now deep in doggy-doo. But, it turns out to be so much more. For one thing, Maddy becomes very involved with the community in Giddywell Grange. She meets wonderful people she never would have met before. She finds a connection with others that is more precious than just about any experience she has ever had. One special thing in Maddy's life, is Beth's brother Alex. He is also in town, and he and Maddy have something between them. However, Maddy's ex comes calling and wants a second chance. Along the way, Maddy has Beth and her uncle to help her, and they prove invaluable to her. What is more is now that she is not working 24/7, she gets to spend time with her mother, and this is something that she thought might never happen. What a touching story. My heart broke more than once when I realized just how much Maddy and Alex were drawn to one another. The hesitancy they experienced worked well to draw out the drama in this story. All I wanted for Maddy was to find happiness. Her road to happiness was paved with so many beautiful things, despite the conflicts that occurred. Kim Nash is a delightful storyteller. And that, folks, makes me quite a happy reader. Many thanks to Hera Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Enjoyable - but Predictable!

    What a fabulous title for a book and it's as light and happy as it promises to be! Maddy almost had it all - first-class apartment, fabulous company car, fantastic salary; however, she worked so hard that she forgot the important 'f' words of fun, family and friendships! When she suddenly loses her job, she realises that she is lacking in those and other things in her life, and takes some time to reconnect with the world. Her childhood best friend runs a dog care business on her family farm, and with an operation on the horizon she desperately needs someone to gallop to her rescue .. is it possible Maddy might change her designer shoes for wellies? What a fabulous cover .. it really shows the spirit of the story within the pages! An enjoyable read, this is warm, light-hearted and lovely to read; a case of bring Maddy's head out of her 'ideal' world and back to earth to live in the real world. With a great range of characters, there is plenty to focus on and it's easy to go with the flow. It is all fairly predictable though, with no surprises hiding in the pages - and a full synopsis that almost reveals all - but that doesn't take away from the feel-good factor.  I would have liked something different to happen that wasn't what I already expected but it all went exactly where I thought it was heading. Still a nice read, though, and definitely worth 3.5*.
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