Christie Barlow returns to the blog with the fifth book in her Love Heart Lane series, a lovely little Scottish town known for healing hearts and supporting one another in
The Lake House
Ella has been scammed and used by the man she thought she loved. Now penniless, in major debt and feeling as if things will never improve, she’s heading to Heartcross with her best, and only remaining friend, Callie. Callie is the restaurant manager of Flynn’s newly reopened pet project, The Lake House – a fine dining restaurant accessible only by boat. Ella’s opportunity to find and make a new start all begin here: staying with Callie and getting her footing back.
The first neighbor / friend that Ella makes is Dolores: a nonagenarian singer who defies all descriptions only to say that everyone needs a Dolores in their life! She’s got a voice and a history that makes everything pale in comparison, and her sunny outlook on life is cheering and welcoming, particularly to someone like Ella, still finding her feet and ashamed of all that has happened.
Of course, we have to have a love interest and this is in the form of Roman, the captain of the water taxi with a bit of a secret of his own. Instantly he and Ella click, but her fear and retiscence from her last relationship, combined with Roman’s inability to share his story even as the fallout starts to happen just may bring everything to a halt. But not before Ella launches a plan to help the struggling Lake House make a name for itself, using Dolores’ ‘black book’ and arranging a star-studded night of revelry –
There’s a healing and magic to Heartcross, and the people are lovely. Getting to check up on characters we met earlier in the series, along with the very tangible issues that both Ella and Roman bring to the table are offset with the joy that is Dolores and the grand gala that is planned to fully integrate Ella into town and help Flynn keep his dream alive. A lovely story that will lead you to reading ALL the others in the series – book your escape to Love Heart Lane in the little village of Heartcross. You won’t regret it.
Title: The Lake House
Author: Christie Barlow
Series: Love Heart Lane #5
Also in this series: Clover Cottage, Starcross Manor
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Grief, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Avon Books UK, One More Chapter
Published on: 31 December, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what
There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend.
As the new manager of local bistro, The Lake House, Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…
Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?