Ellie Browne has left behind her high-flying job in London to return to the charming Buckinghamshire village of Little Leyton.
Working shifts at the Dog and Duck pub and running her own doggy-daycare business, Ellie's looking for a simpler way of life in this idyllic English setting.
But Little Leyton's landscape is changing: Johnny Tay, Ellie's ex, wants to pick up where they left off; sultry property developer Max Golding has moved into the village and is ruffling feathers; and rumour has it that the pub, which holds a special place in Ellie's heart, might be sold. Suddenly, life's looking a whole lot more complicated.... Can Ellie overcome all the challenges to finally find her one true love?
A perfect feel-good romantic novel to curl up with. This story of new beginnings, love and friendship is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Lucy Diamond.
This is my first winter-themed read of the season but Christmas isn't really a feature until the end of the book.
This is an easy, relaxing read with a festive backdrop. It's pleasant but not overly exciting.
I was rooting for Ellie and Max from the beginning. I liked how their friendship developed from their first humorous encounter. Their romance was a slow burn as they were both in relationships for the book's first half, and it will be interesting to see how they progress with the series.I liked the two main characters but, Ellie had the annoying tendency to jump to conclusions. Max was not a good communicator and there seemed to be a never-ending cycle of Max doing or not telling Ellie something and her ignoring him for days and weeks thereafter.
The townspeople, cute dogs and a lovely setting contributed to making this a warm, lighthearted read.
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