Jenny Kane comes to the blog with a story of refurbishing, an old manor house and a life with
Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange
Set in the Exmoor countryside, Mill Grange is a Victorian house with a mill and formerly lush gardens when Thea is brought in to bring the ‘restoration’ to completion and stay on as a manager/curator of the stately home. Working with her best friend Tina was part of the draw to leave her position as curator of Roman Artifacts in a museum in Bath, the other was the never-ending barrage of ‘get back with me’ pressure from her ex John. Packing everything up and arriving at the site, even as it is several centuries out of her ‘specialty’ of Anglo-Romant dig sites, she’s instantly feeling a little guilty, more than a bit of an outsider, and isolated as her mobile can rarely get signal.
For the few years the trust that hired Thea has had volunteers working, all under the formidable organizing skills of Mable, Thea’s natural inclination to stay in the background is not doing her favors, particularly when she learns that the team of volunteers was never told about her. But with an opening day in just 4 months away, and Mable’s enthusiasm, not to mention her well-meaning if overbearing interference, Thea’s quiet life is soon upended with a television appearance (arranged by Mable) that is seen by John. When you add in a popular of an archaeological-based television show, and said presented left one of Thea’s friends ‘heartbroken’ the appearance of Shaun, his agreeing to open the manor, but two weeks earlier because of his own television schedule – it’s all tossed sideways.
From start to finish, Thea was a lovely character who needed a solid boost in her self-confidence that she knew, or would find, the answers and proper choices for the house restoration. Her innate kindness and the friendship with Tina that helped to show her lighter side and give someone else input into her insecurities was lovely, and the home and its surrounds were certainly something everyone should check out. Of course, Shaun was pre-judged, and he did have an attraction for Thea – held on to for years. They have their moments when everything is questioned, but the rightness of their fit is not to be denied. Through traumas, funding and personnel difficulties, and not a little interference from Thea’s ex, the story is easy to read, presents a bit of information about restoration of heritage properties and their contents, and leaves everyone with new hope, new starts and a new outlook on things to come. A perfect summer read – allowing for escape and smiles with plenty of characters to enjoy.
Title: Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange
Author: Jenny Kane
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 25 June, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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arm-hearted, feel-good romance from Jenny Kane, a Kindle #1 bestselling author.
Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life... and the interfering ex who won't leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor in Devon, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start afresh.
What Thea didn't anticipate was how hostile the volunteer team, led by the formidable Mable Hastings, would be about accepting new leadership. And with the deadline looming before the grand opening, Thea is in desperate need of more volunteers.
A broadcast appeal on the local news attracts the interest of arrogant but undeniably attractive celebrity historian Shaun Cowlson, who wants to make a TV programme about the restoration. It's hard enough adding one more big personality to the mix – but then her ex turns up as one of the volunteers! What seemed like a dream come true is fast becoming a total disaster! Can Thea find a way to save the manor?
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.