Kellie Hailes returns to the blog today with the second in her Rabbits Leap series, a follow-up visit to this lovely small Devon village and the myriad of characters that inhabit it’s pages. Please read on for my review of
The Big Little Festival
Rabbits Leap is coming up on the 500th anniversary of its name, as the citizens were promised freedom from the deluge of Rabbits that had overrun – with a tip / trick and promise from the Marsh fairy…. A Pied-Piper like parade was organized to play the Rabbits out of town, and the town earned it’s rather unusual name, without the apostrophe. Local resident and sister to pub-owner Tony (we met him in book one) Jody has decided the 500th anniversary is th best time for a festival that will, hopefully bring in enough money to repair the community pool, trashed several years back. Now with twin boys of 9, she’s taken on the role as head of the committee, after having organized weekly bingo nights and jumble sales to put toward the repair fund. But, with just three weeks to the big day, and things still not really firm, she’s hired an event planner to help her wrangle the event into existence: with her own money.
Christian answered Jody’s request for an event organizer, perfect timing as his own last event turned into a mess, and running away before the news broke and his career is scuttled seemed to be the perfect option. However, he didn’t expect to encounter such resistance to his dictates, nor such difficulty in keeping the committee of three in line: not to mention the electric connection he has whenever he is near Jody.
What a clever choice for a second couple. Jody has been single-minded in her determination to be all things for her boys, ignoring any sort of frivolity or emotional connection to anyone she’s not had around for years. A holdover from her reaction to her father’s emotional distance after her mother’s death: Jody prefers to stay in a controlled and safe little box, away from the dangers or hope that new people and relationships may bring. For his part, Christian has always felt the sting of his parent’s disappointment with his career choice of event planning over law, and they never have let him forget it. While their own relationship is more business than love, their personal interactions are few and not without strife, leading him to believe that love is unnecessary, relationships are trouble, and no one sticks around anyway. Why everyone can see the sparks and attraction between these two BUT these two is amusing, and the moments of them slowly revealing little secrets and taking chances are wonderful. Of course, they both make huge blundering mistakes, retreating to old patterns and comfort zones that never quite fit just the same as they did before. When you mx in the boys, the support from the town for Jody and the acceptance of Christian despite his very different look and city ways.
What emerges is a little town full of gossip, interference and caring- in equal measures whether you want it or not. There is a sense of home and acceptance here, and even as that neighbor drives you around the bend, you know that when things are rough they are there for you. One of those stores that makes you want to chuck it all in and find an eccentrically named town with a centuries old legend, buysbody neighbors and a giant rabbit cum jungle gym/ slide at its center.
Title: The Big Little Festival
Author: Kellie Hailes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Harlequin UK
Published on: 19 July, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Join the whole village at The Big Little Festival for the perfect summer day out!
With only weeks until the little Devon village of Rabbit’s Leap holds its first ever festival, Jody McArthur is desperate. She – more than anyone – wants to raise the funds to rebuild the local swimming pool and when she fell pregnant with her twin boys, it was the village who was there to support her. So, to stop disaster in its tracks, she brings in bigshot London events manager Christian Middlemore to make The Big Little Festival the huge success everyone deserves.
But Jody is totally unprepared for the impact reserved-but-gorgeous Christian has on Rabbit’s Leap – and her heart! Except Jody has avoided relationships for so long, and anyway, she’s sure romance between a country-born-and-bred single mum and a career-focused city boy would be impossible – wouldn’t it?
As tensions rise along with the home baked scones and miles and miles of bunting, Jody is about to find out!
The second book set in the picture-perfect Rabbit’s Leap, this little village is where love blooms!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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