Thursday, 26 September 2013
Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements
Amelia has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their own cosy cottage. Their real life is another world - a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside. They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they'd anticipated. On top of that, there's Amelia's newly loved-up mum and her tearaway half-sister, Mirabel, to contend with - pushing Amelia and Jack's marriage to breaking point. Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings in the cottage and discovers the story of the cottage's previous owner - and a hidden secret. As Amelia's ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?
Having read Abby Clements first two novels and thoroughly enjoyed them I didn't hesitate in adding her new release to my wish list.
Amelia is fast approaching 30 and one thing she wanted to do by this milestone was to be living in the country. When she convinces husband Jack to make the move, they soon start searching for properties and when Jack views a property that needs some work doing on it with out Amelia seeing the inside they put in an offer and before long the house is theirs. When the day of the move comes around Amelia's dream is far from perfect!
Having just finished this book it has left me with a lovely cosy, fuzzy feeling inside. I found this one of those books that you can't wait to see the end to see how it all pans out but at the same time I didn't want the book to end, I think I will have a case of book blues after this one!
Amelia is a very loveable, girl next door character with lots of ambition and so I found I could really warm and relate to her character. The storyline mostly centres on Amelia and Jacks relationship and also the restoration work on their new home. The attnetio to detail is fantastic surrounding the restoration, I could easily picture the rooms as they were being transformed and the garden sounded like a stunning focal point.
The auhor weaves a few extra storylines into the main story which just adds to an already perfect read.
One thing I have to say is that there is consistant enjoyment and quality through all three of Abby Clements books, if you love one you will love them all as they all have a similar feel but with a fresh storyline each time. Abby Clements has become one of my favourite authors. Grab your copy today xXx