Donna Ashcroft comes to the blog with a story to warm your heart with
The Little Village of New Starts
A lovely story of finding family, self and new opportunities for happiness in a small highland village. Evie has retreated to home, working with her family after a relationship went horribly wrong. The formerly impulsive and daring Evie is now second-guessing her every move and trying to protect herself and her heart from further injury. Callum has booked a month in one of the glamping yurts, he’s trying to deal with stress from his work as a firefighter and discover the secrets revealed only after clearing out his mother’s things after her death.
These two are adorable and wonderful together – from the sparks and snark to their genuine attraction that springs from the pages. Both have issues with their pasts and relationships, and neither is quite sure what to do with the attraction. Evie has chosen to avoid it, and much of her ‘old self’ while Callum isn’t willing to just let her go. Full of laughter, family and some serious sharing on both sides, Evie starts to move forward, with a push from her best friend and family, while Callum has found his ‘answers’, taken the first gruff reactions as truth and is leaving.
Full of as much heart and hope as one would expect, the family, the people” and the two animals who provide comic relief and a bit of ‘advice’, along with a subplot for Evie’s grandmother, the village ‘jam festival’ that brings entries and preserves from around the world, and some grand gestures and this is a lovely ‘getaway’ story, sure to please fans of Ashcroft’s gentle romances.
Title: The Little Village of New Starts
Author: Donna Ashcroft
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Scottish, Setting: Scotland, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 12 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sometimes turning everything upside down feels just right…
Evie Stuart is playing it safe. She lives on her family’s remote farm in the Scottish Highlands and never ventures beyond the local village of Lockton. The most unpredictable events in her life are the antics of Miss Daisy, her grandmother Agnes’s pygmy goat. She’s learned that bad things happen when she’s impulsive, and she’s determined not to get burned again.
Callum Ryder is exactly the opposite of what Evie wants in her ordered world. Six foot two of reckless energy with twinkling eyes and a dangerously charming smile, he’s a thrill-seeking American firefighter with no idea how to slow down. Callum enters Lockton like a whirlwind, fleeing his problems in New York City in search of the truth about his Scottish family.
Yet the pair might have more in common than they think… When the well-meaning Agnes persuades her to help Callum find his grandfather, Evie finds herself being challenged more than she has in years: from swimming in the fabled Bonnie Lochan to exploring an ancient castle and even entering the village jam-making championships. Turns out it’s easy for Evie and Callum to connect when they let go of their fears and enjoy the most surprising summer of their lives.
But getting close to Callum so quickly soon starts to look like it might ruin everything for Evie: she’s heading for a disaster exactly like the one that destroyed her a year ago when she fell for the wrong man and let him change her life. Maybe a fresh start isn’t going to be so simple after all… Is the safe haven Evie’s built about to crumble down around her?
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.