The Country Escape by Jane Lovering – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Jane Lovering, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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Welcome to the idyllic country retreat of Christmas Steepleton, and let Jane Lovering whisk you away with the most heart-warming, romantic and comforting read of the year.

Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast.

Harvest Cottage has been unloved for many years, so the job of bringing it back to life is a slow and expensive one. So, with funds running low, Katie jumps at the chance when a film company asks to use the cottage as a location.  But even as things are looking up, as harvest time passes and autumn chill starts to bite, the prospect of a cold winter in the country is daunting.

Some light relief comes from new friend Gabriel, so different from Katie’s exuberant but arrogant ex Luc. Will their friendship blossom into something more romantic, or will the reality of a tough country winter send her and Poppy scurrying back to the comforts of town?

Let Jane Lovering spirit you away to the perfect country escape, far away from the bustle of the city. Just right for fans of Emma Burstall, Fern Britton and Kate Forster.


My Thoughts

This is my first Jane Lovering novel and I’m so angry….at my self for not finding Jane sooner.  One the plus side, I have a whole new author’s worth of books to explore and devour so yay!

The Country Escape is set in the quaint and quirky community of Christmas Steepleton (located on the Dorset Coast) and I instantly fell in love with it.  Living on the outskirts is Katie and her daughter Poppy who have moved from London to embrace all that the countryside has to offer.  Only thing is, French teacher Katie cannot find a job, the cottage is in serious need of a little bit more than TLC and Poppy hates being away from the city.   The one morning an abandoned gypsy caravan and horse appear, and things begin to look more positive for Katie.  Can she make the escape to the country work?

This whole novel just charmed the socks off me.

The setting is just so vividly described and no matter how many things are wrong with the cottage, it still totally sounds like an idyllic place to live.  Nobody too close by, close the beach, and a small garden patch.  I’d love to spend some time there enjoying the quieter life.

The characters are varied but complement each other perfectly and I even warmed to the bad-tempered teen Poppy.  I love how the personalities are so varied yet each of them brings a little sparkle and depth to the plot.  Katie is just the most delightful character and I spent the whole book rooting for her.

The Country Escape gave me a wonderful escape and I highly recommend this book to romance fans.

Author Bio – Jane Lovering

Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.

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