The Village Inn of Secret Dreams by Alison Sherlock – Blog Tour

Thank to Alison Sherlock, Boldwood Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour.

Click the link to read my review of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock and The Village of Lost and Found by Alison Sherlock – all part of the same linked series.


Brand NEW from the bestselling author of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts.

After escaping her parents’ unhappy marriage to sleepy Cranbridge a long time ago, Belle Clarke dreams of staying at The Black Swan Inn forever.

But with the rundown Inn threatened with closure, Belle may be forced to leave, unless a buyer can be found … quickly.

So, when her oldest friend Pete Kennedy returns from working abroad with a plan to save the Inn, Belle should be overjoyed. The trouble is, Pete has some rather radical ideas for the renovation which Belle disagrees with.

But when a snow storm hits, Belle and Pete are forced to put aside their differences and work together to help the village.

Can Belle realise her dreams to stay in Cranbridge and can Pete ever stop running from his past?

As they try to save The Black Swan Inn, secrets are revealed and just maybe they’ll finally find out how they really feel about each other.

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My Thoughts

I was overjoyed to see ‘tickets’ for another trip to Cranfield in my inbox and it’s something I would struggle to turn down.  I love this linked series and everything about it and I couldn’t wait to return. 

For me, arriving back in the fictional village of Cranfield feels like returning to a favourite haunt where I get to catch up with friends old and new.  I love the actual village.  It’s so quaint and picturesque but not perfect.  It has its difficulties and struggles and what makes it beautiful are the people who live there.   They are so warm and welcoming towards each other and anyone who turns up there needing some love and care. 

Bella has been secondary character in the previous books and I am so pleased we get to read her story this time.  She’s very anxious and wary of love and relationships and struggles to trust anyone with her heart.  When the only security she has ever know is under threat, she is forced to work with Pete who has previously rejected her.  Can Bella save her beloved Inn and find peace and happiness for herself?

This is such an uplifting and community whilst touching on some real emotional events and issues.  I adored Bella and really wanted her to have her happy ending and finally be released form some of her issues and worries. 

A gorgeous festive novel and I can highly recommend this series.

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 was published in July 2020.

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