When Ella married the handsome, celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair at just nineteen she was madly in love. Now, those blissful years of marriage have turned into the very definition of an unconventional set-up. Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from Ella’s ramshackle farmhouse.
With an ex-husband living under her nose and a home crowded by hostile teenaged children, gender-confused chickens – not to mention her hyper critical mother whose own marriage slips spectacularly off the rails – Ella finds comfort in the company of the very charming gardener, Ludo. But is he really the answer to her prayers?
Then out of the blue Sebastian decides he must move away, catching Ella horribly unawares. How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage . . . and the secret she continues to keep?
My opinion: I really liked that this book was a mystery as it meant I couldn’t prejudge it. Despite the comparisons to Cathy Kelly and Katie Fforde I had no idea what to expect!
I had a lovely surprise as I loved this book! It was a lovely country tale and was also very very funny!
The characters were all well rounded and a good mix of the loveable, the infuriating and the eccentric. The mix of family, friends and neighbours gave me everything I like to have in a story set in a village.
The romantic side of this story was not what you would call a traditional romance, but was very touching and sweet and well thought through.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and thought it was really well written, well paced and brilliantly funny. I can’t wait to find out who the author was to read more!
My rating: A lovely four stars
I was sent an advance copy of this book by Lovereading in exchange for an honest review. The copy I received was in a plain jacket, so I had no idea of the title or author of the book. My review was written before this information was revealed.