Jenny Kane returns with the third installment in her Mill Grange series – a mix of friendship, romance, archaeology and adorableness with
Spring Blossoms at Mill Grange
We’re finally back to see where everyone is and how they are faring as Sam and Tina’s wedding day approaches, Thea and Shaun are off on a new adventure as they are the co-experts on a new dig for a television program – with a new ‘producer’ who’s put everyone on edge. Helen’s time at the Grange is soon over as she has to return to her job at the Roman Baths, and her relationship with Tom, his young son still undetermined but an offer to write a book and the fact she really doesn’t want to go all combine to give us plenty of drama. Mable is still a rockstar and Bert is marvelous- but even their foundations are rocked as Bert is ill, and Sam’s desire to visit with him in the hospital conflicts with his anxieties, adding to his worries about being ‘enough’. Of course, Tony Stark and his girls are present and providing moments of ‘advice’ and allowing Tina to talk out her issues – and plan the wedding venue in full sight of the ‘girls’.
But we have much more interior voices and thoughts here – from Shaun’s discomfort with the new producer and his ‘attitude’ toward Thea, to Thea’s grating at the interference – and missing her home at Mill Grange – despite the rather spectacular finds that this current dig has unearthed for film. And some things you just need and want your friends about – as Tina is struggling with Sam’s parents and an apparent desire they marry at his family’s estate – much to both of their consternation. Tina is feeling the loss of her parents and Thea – while she and Helen are developing a rapport, things aren’t quite the same. And Helen has her own worries between her attraction to Tom and her worries that she won’t be about – not to mention Tom’s own insecurities and worries with his son and his former partner’s behavior. It’s a veritable plethora of moments, even as we get glimpses of the Roman past in Britain through the dig that Thea and Shaun are on, there are moments about the fortlet, the dig at Mill Grange and the book proposal for Helen that bring us back to the core of the story – coming together through the archaeological and restoration projects to teach, to learn and to heal.
I’m a huge fan of this series – and just noticed (yep – that I did) that the books are ‘seasonal’ so I am hoping that there will be a winter/Christmas story that will bring us full circle and allow us to see these friends that have become family through to another season. Kane’s ability to build these characters: real, flawed, strong and resilient makes them compelling and people that you want to know – and are always happy to see them return again and again.
Title: Spring Blossoms at Mill Grange
Author: Jenny Kane
Series: Mill Grange #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Mental Health, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 4 March, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Welcome back to Mill Grange in the latest uplifting romance in the bestselling Mill Grange series!
Helen Rogers has been lying to herself over her feelings for Tom since the moment they met. And for good reason; not only are they colleagues, working together with the archaeology groups at Mill Grange, but her sabbatical is almost over and she'll soon have to return to Bath.
Tom Harris knows he's falling in love with Helen. How could he not? She's smart, kind and great with his son Dylan. But with his ex suddenly offering him a chance to spend more time with Dylan, and the staff of Mill Grange about to host a wedding, everything else has to be put to one side. Even his feelings for a certain archaeologist.
As Helen's time at Mill Grange runs short, the two are forced to consider what matters most...
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.