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    I Loved This Book

    I enjoyed this story quite a bit, probably for the same reason other readers did not. I was glad it wasn't the typical 'evil husband' thriller that many were expecting - instead, it was deeper and more substantial. It revolves around Thea and her family moving back to the home where she grew up and met her husband, Drew, who lived next door. It's an idyllic place, a large home with beautiful gardens and plenty of open space and fresh air. Her husband is initially hesitant, but agrees that it will be the best place for them to raise their family. Of course, after they move back, they're met with whispers and side glances of the locals and Thea finds it harder than expected to settle back in as expected. Even her neighbors that live in Drew's childhood home quickly become less friendly and welcoming than they seemed at first. She soon finds out that her family is the subject of nasty gossip relating to an incident twenty years ago, which is not coincidentally when she and her parents moved away. It's up to her to decide whether she will repeat the past and just escape the unforgiving community or whether she will stay and fight for her family's right to live the life she always dreamed in the village where she spent her youth. I was thoroughly engaged from the start, the author has such a descriptive way of writing and it made me long for a lovely home of my own in such a place! It probably would be better marketed as general fiction, that way, readers wouldn't be expecting something different and they could appreciate this story for what it is - a beautiful tale of strong family bonds and redemption.
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    A Good Read

    Overall, I think this is good read. This is my first experience with Emma Davies and I enjoyed her writing and the characters. The reason for my 3 star review is this book is marketed improperly. I was expecting something darker and more twisty. The story is more of a domestic drama, which I don't have a problem with, I was just expecting something more sinister. When re-framing the genre, the story is enjoyable. The village and it's people reminded me of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, the drama of a small town and all of the good fun that comes along with that. I will definitely check out the author's other titles. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Emma Davies for providing me with an ARC.
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    Well-Plotted, Gripping Tale!

    This is a new direction for author Emma Davies; having loved everything she has written so far I couldn't wait to find out what this was all about! Spotting her childhood home up for sale at a time when her family is considering moving from their London home, Thea can't believe her luck. Her husband, Drew, lived in the house next door and they grew up together, enjoying the kind of village life that they want for their two daughters. After all, life in a small village is always friendly, isn't it? So why does Thea get the feeling that she's being cold-shouldered? Can you ever go back in time, or do we all wear rose-tinted spectacles when thinking of the past? This is a well-plotted and gripping tale which shows the best - and worst - of village living. Moving into any new area can be full of pitfalls; when you don't know how the friendships and hierarchy work it's like being back at school. Thea has no idea what she's stepping into, and neither do we. I love that there is so much happening and yet there are unsolved mysteries in the background. A successful genre-change from an author who always delivers an entertaining read, and a novel which would make an excellent tv drama. I'm very happy to recommend this one, and give it four stars.
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    You can go home, but is it the same?

    If you had a happy childhood and had the chance to buy your old family home to move your family into, would you? That’s exactly the opportunity that Thea and Drew are presented with and they go for it. While moving back to the old family home thrills Thea more than she thought, she comes to find that the locals seem to be so abrupt and rude to her once they realize who she is. What did she ever do to them? Thea finds out what the words behind the whispers are and must face the past she wasn’t even aware of. Eventually Thea knows that she must come to terms with the gossip and do what is best for her family while remaining true to herself and the past. A great story filled with the mean girls we all know in adulthood and the courage of one woman to face them down and try to bring about change that will help everyone in the community heal and become even closer in the long run. A page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat at times, while cheering Thea on the entire time.
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    An enjoyable drama/mystery

    A domestic drama/mystery, written by an author unknown to me. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. Set in a small English village, the vivid descriptions of the village brought it to life. Thea and her husband, Drew, and their two daughters live a busy life in London. Thea and Drew grew up together in a small village and when an opportunity arises for them to buy Thea's childhood home, they are thrilled to return to a calmer, more relaxed lifestyle. As they settle in their new home and the girls settle into their new school, they find that not all the village residents welcome them with open arms. In fact, some people are mean and hostile. As Thea tries to understand why they are being ostracized, it causes tension between Thea and Drew. As Thea uncovers secrets from the past and the lies that have been told, it comes to a shocking point where two lives are at stake. As the village works together, new bonds are formed and old relationships made stronger. Definitely a dramatic and enjoyable read. Thank-you to Netgalley, Emma Davies and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
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