Today I’m on the blog tour for Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow. Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey for the invite!
About this book…
A new series from Christie Barlow? Well, sign me up immediately! Having loved all of her previous books, my crime loving palette was looking forward to some gentle, heartwarming happenings to take me away from the daily worries of a hectic lifestyle. And I definitely found a haven for myself in the small village of Heartcross in the highlands of Scotland. Now, as a former resident of Scotland myself (and ofcourse being married to The Grumpy Scotsman!) I very quickly came to love the community resourcefulness that struck me the minute I met the residents of this quaint little village. Actually, I have to admit that my first thought on arrival in Heartcross was that it reminded me of the old film Brigadoon, as if the village were in hiding away from the big bad world that surrounds them, a little piece of paradise just waiting to be discovered and to start working it’s magic.
And the lucky interloper is actually ex-resident Felicity, returning to her hometown after years of living down in London. Feeling guilty that she didn’t see her beloved Grandmother before she passed away, she takes 2 weeks off her busy work schedule to go back home to visit her mother. Her arrival coincides with a blizzard and the arrival of huge drifts of snow but that’s not the only freezing she faces in Heartcross, as she’s about to encounter the love she left behind, and he’s not exactly overjoyed at her return! Will Love Heart Lane work it’s magic on old friends and the lover that Felicity left behind? Or will the ensuing catastrophe of a washed away bridge sweep all of her hopes and dreams away with it?
I felt immediately at home in Love Heart Lane and thought it an enchanting place to set this new series. Felicity and Fergus were both very likeable characters and their slowly rediscovered relationship felt authentic throughout. But I also took to nearly everyone who lived in Heartcross and adored their village lifestyle and the community spirit which I think is very sadly missing nowadays for most of us. My emotions were kept in check for most of the book but I did get completely involved in the lives and loves of these residents as I came to get to know them better and there were some very difficult events to be faced as the storyline developed. So make sure you have some tissues ready just in case!
This was a wonderful introduction to Heartcross, it really did feel like coming home and I can’t wait to return to the village to meet up with this memorable cast of characters again soon.
Meet the author…
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances and The Cosy Canal Boat Dream.
Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA and Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money and awareness and engaging with communities in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being. She is also Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co uk, bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website http://www.christiebarlow.com, Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page, Christie Barlow author.