Christie Barlow returns to the blog with another installment in her Love Heart Lane series: this one full of second chances, love, hope and memories with
If you’ve read this series, you’ve heard of Primrose Park – the place that everyone in these two connected little villages seems to come for events, walking, fishing – you name it. But the park is also atmospheric and full of memories, particularly for long-term residents. This is where Molly’s story comes in. The local vet for the town next to Heartcross, she’s independent, driven, well-liked and well known, and wholly her own person. On a rare weekend conference away, she meets a man – after years of never really finding anyone who struck her senseless, this one did. A series of flirtations, some serious sparks and a night were capped off by his disappearing into the night, leaving Molly wondering why and what if.
But weeks later when it’s obvious that she’s never going to see this Cam again, and she’s got decisions to make, along with meeting an elderly long-term resident of the town – after taking in her dog – the difficult Darling. And Darling is difficult, mostly due to what Molly determines is separation anxiety – as her owner Dixie is in a care home, claims not to understand why and the stories that surround her placement are conflicting. Of course, Molly’s friends (particularly Isla with her own llama/sheep/cattle farm, children, husband and camper business) is forefront in the support stakes as she, more than any of the others, is able to provide some guidance and advice as Molly’s one night with the man she’s unable to forget leaves her with more than memories.
Here is where Barlow excels – she brings us back to the picturesque village group, returns friends that are familiar and new, and gives us some family upheaval and a bit of mystery (along with a cute if frustrating dog) and the lovely memories of the park shared by Dixie. The first place she met George – the love of her life, the centerpiece of their family outings, housing memories and more. But vandals have done their utmost to destroy the park and nearly destroyed Dixie’s 80th birthday party plans. Both George and Dixie shared the same birthday – and met on that night several years before – never to separate. It’s up to Molly, the community and a bit of coincidences, some serendipity and the friendship between Molly and Dixie to bring all the threads together and give everyone here a chance at a better, more fulfilling day (and years to come) full of love. Just go with it – the story transports you to a place that is familiar, happy, welcoming and hopeful – and will leave you with a smile. One of my favorite series and this is a stellar installment to fill out the villages, the hope and the need to know more.
Title: Primrose Park
Author: Christie Barlow
Series: Love Heart Lane #6
Also in this series: Clover Cottage, Starcross Manor, The Lake House
Genre: Contemporary Romance, British, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter
Published on: 30 April, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what
Vet Molly has always been career driven and focused on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.
Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly's amazing one-night stand. It's so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…
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.