Alison Sherlock returns with the third book in her Willow Tree Hall series, this one a story of finding your way with the bravery to move forward in
A Way Back Home
Skye has spent most of her life seeing that her sister is given every opportunity, and found them both a pseudo-grandfather in Norman. With Norman’s death and settling his estate, and her sister off to start her residency in Liverpool, Skye is taking all of her belongings and the renovated Airstream trailer from Norman and heading out of London to start anew with Summer. But, a diversion in the form of a letter sends her to meet Arthur at Willow Tree Hall, to get something more from Norman. Arriving with a literal bang, by landing her trailer on the bonnet of Will’s Aston Martin, she’s arrived to find that the Estate Manager’s lodge, or half of it, has been left to her by Norman.
Will is Sam’s younger brother, the “spare” and has reveled in the lifestyle of unencumbered heirs for generations. Flitting through places to live, women and most recently the focus of the tabloids after his affair with the wife of an MP went viral, he’s back at Willow Tree Hall for a short stay. Soon it will be time for Sam and Annie’s wedding, and while Will isn’t a believer in commitments or love, he’s happy for his brother. There is just a few things holding him back: realizing that no one expects him to be helpful is the second blow after losing his job managing the construction of luxury villas in the Alps. The next is finding out the lodge, that he always believed was his is now only ‘half’ his, and this strange person with purple hair who always enters with an apology and is kind to him even at his worst, he’s thrown.
But a sprained ankle combines with the welcoming faces of Annie, Rose and Arthur at the hall, and Skye is soon dragged into the family, a first for her – real friends, some security and a family – all missing in her life. When a massive storm hits, and major repairs threaten not only Sam and Annie’s wedding but the Christmas Faire, flattening the community hall and stretching tight budgets beyond their limits, it’s Skye’s ability to make something from nothing, upcycling and working without much money that saves the day. From elbow grease, paint and some refinished pieces the lodge is cleaned up and modernized, ready to rent out to contribute to the hall’s upkeep, to stepping in and designing Annie’s wedding reception, to cleaning the paintings in the ballroom, Skye’s input is invaluable. Even to Will, who starts to open up to her as she’s not judging, just listening, and is able, after a chat with Rose, to correct a long-standing mistaken impression that has fueled his beliefs and lack of commitment since before his parents’ death.
Like all of the stories in this series, the people and their open-arms to support, shelter, and share the challenges and the successes, the laughter and openness that brings light and life into the hall and to the story. Skye’s increased confidence and enjoyment when she is allowed to do what she loves instead of struggling to pay bills so Summer can go to school and follow her dreams is a wonderful benefit for an estate that is working on a shoestring, and finally Will’s acceptance of her, and his realization that his world will be forever changed with two simple words males this a lovely and heartwarming story, and a perfect fit for the series.
Title: A Way Back Home
Author: Alison Sherlock
Series: Willow Tree Hall #3
Also in this series: Escape to the Country
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Aria
Published on: 6 November, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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What happens when two lost souls find themselves?
After recent heartbreak, Skye Jackson finds herself homeless and on the road with only a classic Airstream trailer to her name. A surprise inheritance of a rundown little lodge in the grounds of beautiful Willow Tree Hall forces her to change her plans. However there is a problem...
The lodge is co-owned by care-free, playboy Will Harris, who finds himself unemployed after a recent tabloid scandal.
Syke desperately wants a home to call her own and needs to move on as quickly as possible. Will doesn't want to stay at his family home either to face the ghosts of his past. So they decide to put aside their differences and renovate the cottage together.
But when a storm hits, Skye and Will are forced to stay on to ensure that an important wedding goes ahead. Can Skye finally find a home of her own? Can Will stop running from his past and help out his family when they need him the most?
The magic of winter at Willow Tree Hall is about to change everything...
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.
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