Sunday, 29 May 2016

Book Review: The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alex Brown

"April Wilson feels like a part of her is lost forever after the death of her husband.  Hoping to piece herself together again, she returns to the village of Tindledale, where she spent many happy summers and the place that her Great Aunt Edie still calls home.

But April is dismayed when she arrives at Orchard Cottage to find both the house and her aunt in a state of dilapidation.  Edie seems to have a tenuous grasp on the present and has retreated into the past, becoming obsessed with the mysterious disappearance of her sister, Winnie, during the war.

With the help of Matt, the enigmatic local farrier and his troubled daughter, Bella, April starts to peel away the layers of neglect that have settled over the cottage to reveal the secrets beneath.  Slowly, she can feel everything coming to life again, but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?"

When a book makes you cry that's when you know it has secured its little place in your heart.  Revisiting Tindledale in Alex Brown's new book lifted my heart with its beautiful intricate story, that highlights so many important things that we sometimes forget.  The importance of taking the time to be thankful for those around you, to live every day the way you want to, and to love with no regrets. 

The Secret of Orchard Cottage also reminds us just what it can be like not only for those living with a chronic, debilitating illness, but also those around them.  April's kind and gentle nature is refreshing in a world where people are often out for themselves. The relationship between Matt and his daughter is heart-warming, and Winnie's story broke my heart. A truly inspirational tale, this novel is not one to be missed! Released on 2nd June 2016, make sure you grab your copy and pay a visit to Tindledale and the fantastic characters the village holds deep in its soul.

A truly beautiful and thought-provoking tale that is indeed "For all the ordinary women everywhere, doing extraordinary things".

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