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    Engaging but ends too abruptly

    Always a fan of Mansell but she lost 1 star for me with the book ending for too abruptly for my liking. Having developed the characters and story it kind of felt like she reached her word limit and wrapped it all up far too quickly as a result. Still a very engaging read but would have liked a little more before the end.
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    Lovely laid back story with great characters

    This was a really enjoyable story set mainly in a village in the Cotswolds and set over a number of years as the characters developed and their lives changed. Mimi is the main character and initially visits the village of Goosebrook when her Father and his partner, Marcus, move there. At first they're quite wary of the villagers as they think they'll be discriminated against for being gay, but Mimi ends up dragging them down the local pub and they soon become an integral part of the community. On Mimi's first visit there she runs across Cal and over the years their paths cross again and again, but Cal is married at first, and even when tragic events occur they never seem to get their timing right. I know they were friends throughout the years, but it was quite frustrating the way things continually worked against them. The cast of characters were lovely and really varied. There was one major tragic event that changed the lives of a few of the villagers, but eventually over the years everyone came to terms with it. I did also love how Mimi worked in Puerto Pollensa in Majorca for a while with a cranky writer, as I love Puerto Pollensa and the description really brought me back there and definitely made me wish I was there wandering along the Pine Walk on the beach front. So whilst I did find it a bit frustrating that it took so long for Mimi and Cal to actually get together, the story itself was really lovely and laid back with characters I really liked. Very enjoyable way to while away a hot sunny day in the garden!

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