Kate’s divorce is being finalised and she can’t wait to put as much distance as possible between her and her husband of eight years, David. She leaves London and her job to move to Norwich, in a beautiful house in Nightingale Square. Her intentions of being alone are quickly changed by her neighbours who welcome her with open arms and quickly become her friends and family. Kate is fascinated by Prosperous Place, the large mansion by the square, and when news spreads that some developers want to build flats in there, Kate and her neighbours must find a way to stop them.
This was a highly enjoyable novel, with an atmospheric setting and captivating stories. I really liked the characters who are engaging and realistic and I loved reading about their sense of community and their stories. Funny, heartwarming, and refreshing, this is the perfect read to add to your summer list. (NP)
Ruby has decided not to continue at university and has returned home for Christmas. Despite her father’s objections, she offers to run a market stall for the Cherry Tree Cafe owners. When she finds out that the market at Wynbridge is struggling, she’s determined to do what she can to draw customers back from the new retail precinct. Even if that means going up against her dad, who is on the local council. Meanwhile, with her ex, Steve, working nearby on his family’s stall, Ruby realises she isn’t quite over him yet.
This is a cosy read with a wintery festive atmosphere about locals banding together to save a beloved institution. It’s inspired me to go back and read some of the earlier books in the series to find out more about the other Wynbridge locals.