Today I am pleased to say that it is my stop on the blog tour for Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow.
Welcome to Love Heart Lane…
When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.
When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…
Love Heart Lane is the first book based in Love Heart Lane, and I am pleased to confirm that it will not be the last! It is the first novel that I have read by Christie Barlow, and I really enjoyed exploring the village of Heartcross and getting to know its inhabitants. As you all know, I am a fan of authors who revisit places in future novels, as it often means that we get to learn about new characters, or find out more about characters we have fleetingly met, whilst also hearing about the characters we already know and love. So as I’m sure you can imagine, I am already sitting waiting to read Foxglove Farm so that I can revisit Heartcross!
Anyway, back to Love Heart Lane. Flick Simons is a woman living in the city, far away from her home, escaping a past full of tragedy and loss. When her beloved Grandmother passes away, she finds herself back in her childhood home with her mother, grieving and faced with regret about the time she has lost with her Grandmother. When the village finds itself cut off from the outside world, and Flick finds herself unable to return to the city, she is forced to face up to what, and who, she left behind. Flick finds herself in the centre of a village which is pulling together to rescue itself, surrounded by friends and loved ones who, despite her running away years ago, welcome her back into their fold with open arms.
Fergus Campbell is Flick’s childhood sweetheart, and father to the beautiful Esme. He is less pleased to see Flick again – when she ran away to the city, she ran away from him too. Having finally recovered from his heartbreak, he is less than happy to find her back in the village, forgiving her seems an almost impossible task.
This is a novel about love, friends and family. Its about loss, but it’s also about what you can find when you are forced to re-evaluate your life, whilst overcoming obstacles. It’s about forgiveness, and it is about admitting when you were wrong.
I really enjoyed Love Heart Lane. I loved watching a wealth of characters pull together in a time of need, forgetting past wrongs to really achieve something together. Of course I love a bit of romance thrown in, but this was also a novel about how important friendships are, and family. It is about discovering that you do not have to cope alone – there is always someone there if you are willing to let them in. I am more than happy to recommend this novel if you enjoy a light read, full of family, friends and romance!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Christie Barlow and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat of a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA and Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.