Tindledale is in a tizzy . . .
The Village Show competition is coming around again and after last year’s spectacular failure, the villagers are determined to win. Meg, teacher at the local school, is keen to help and to impose some much-needed order.
After a terse encounter with a newcomer to the village, Meg discovers that it is celebrity chef and culinary bad boy, Dan Wright. Meg thinks he is arrogant and rude but rumour has it that Dan is opening a new restaurant in the village which could really put Tindledale on the map.
As things come together, villagers old and new all start to come out of the woodwork, including new arrival Jessie who seems to have it all. But first impressions can be deceptive and Meg discovers that when it comes to Tindledale – and Dan – nothing is ever quite as it seems . . .
The Great Christmas Knit Off was one of my top 10 books last year and was also my favourite book by Alexandra Brown, we return to the village of Tindledale in The Great Village Show where we meet our heroine Meg who is the acting head teacher at the local school. Meg is extremely passionate about her job so when she finds out that her school is under threat of being closed unless she gets more children to enrol at the school she doesn’t give up without a fight. Hoping that The Great Village Show will help everyone in Tindledale the community soon pull together to make sure that they host the best Village show possible.
The Cavendish family have just moved into the village which has got the village folk talking, but when Meg meets Jessie Cavendish she soon can see that things are not what they seem.
I must first mention that I was over the moon to get a glimpse of Sybs, Ben and Hettie who were our main characters in the previous Tindledale book, those characters never quite left me so It was great to see what has been happening with them.
Tindledale once again welcomed me with open arms, there is something about this village that just makes me feel at home and a lot of that has to do with the quaint little shops and the wonderful community spirit it is quite hard to believe this is a fictional village with fictional characters as it feels so real to me. The storyline centers around Meg who is such a wonderful character who has a big heart and her presence is felt all through the village everyone loves and looks up to Meg which is why it was so natural for Jessie to open up to Meg.
The storyline does cover a deeper issue which author Alexandra delivers with such care and compassion, I was looking forward to seeing if once the friendship grew between Jessie and Meg whether Meg would help Jessie to find the strength to make a major change in her life.
I can’t forget to mention another new character in this book, Dan Wright, he was a character I was unsure of at first and it did take me a while to come around to him. He was an unpredictable character one minute seeming to be a welcome hero offering great generosity and ideas but in the next breath he was sharp, arrogant and rude!
Once again Alexandra Brown has perfected another cosy, charming read that I could not put down, I can not wait to see if we are treated to another visit to Tindledale.
The Great Village Show is out now on kindle and is also available to pre-order for the paperback copy which will be released on the 30th July