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A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson.
After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart.
But when Amber discovers that Cranbridge Stores, owned by her godmother Cathy and son Josh, is under threat of financial ruin, she realises that her skills as a window dresser might just be able to help save the struggling shop.
When disaster strikes, Amber and Josh must unite to save both the shop and the village from flooding.
Can Cranbridge Stores become the heart of the village once more?
And as the village begins to come back to life, perhaps Amber will discover a reason to stay…
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I loved this novel so much I just wanted to crawl between the pages and live there, in the picturesque village of Cranbridge with all these lovely characters. Warning – This will be a very gushy review. This is such a heartwarming, cosy novel and it’s every but as delightful as it sounds.
When Amber returns to visit her childhood home, she reconnects with her Godmother Cathy and her family. Cathy owns the run down Cranbridge Stores and is on the verge of having to sell. The whole town is forgotten and empty. Can Amber and Cathy’s son Josh make changes enough to save the business? Can the broken hearts of Cranbridge Stores ever be mended?
The whole setting of this novel was so quaint and vividly described. The small village that is suffering due to big brands is such a real issue faced by local businesses and this novel really gives an insight into how that affects families and local business owners. The store itself reminds me of an old fashioned American store seen in small towns on the TV and I fell in love with it straight away.
The characters bring a variety of personalities to the story and all (apart from one) are adorable. The main protagonist Amber is hiding a lot of insecurities and this heavily impacts her confidence and her sense of belonging. Josh is broken, worried about the family future and missing the life he had he has no idea where to turn or how to sort out the mess that they seem to be in. Cathy is grieving and struggling to move forward as well as uncertain about her own future. Throw in a quirky bunch of villagers and you’ve got a bunch of characters who find a special place in your heart and settle there.
The worst thing about this novel is that it ended – I wasn’t ready for it to and I wanted more from the village and the characters. I am however consoled by the fact that it is book 1 in the Riverside Lane series so more to come – Yay!
Highly recommended cosy and uplifting read – perfect!
Author Bio – Alison Sherlock
Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title will be published in July 2020.
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