Lizzie wants nothing more than to start over and put the past behind her. So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true.
But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten.
To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heartwarming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.
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About the Author
Emma Davies once worked for a design studio, where she was asked to write an autobiographical note. ‘I am a bestselling novelist,’ she began, ‘currently masquerading as a thirty-something mother of three.’ That job didn’t work out, but she’s now a forty-something mother of three, and she’s working on the rest. For years Emma was a finance manager who spent her days looking at numbers, so at night she would throw them away and play with words, practising putting them together into sentences. She now writes in all the gaps between real life. Visit her website, www.emmadaviesauthor.com, where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also find Emma at www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor and www.twitter.com/emdavies68.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wasn't aware when I purchased this book that it was a sequel. However, this is made abundantly clear as soon as you start reading. The Author has presumed that we, the reader, are already au fait with the world of Rowan Hill and the populace of this idyllic retreat. I nearly gave up because it was a pretty much impenetrable world but I persevered because so much of the tale is from Lizzie's point of view and she is as anew to this world as we are. Over all I am glad I did as I enjoyed the tale. The plotting is strong, even if a little transparent as to the identity of the person wreaking all these terrible wrongs in the Tea Shop and Studios. The device of telling the tale from several viewpoints works well as it does allow you to get to know the characters a little more. That said, I found Ellie in particular to be annoying - she just wants everyone to be happy and crashes down in to self-flagellation whenever this goes awry - I desperately wanted to slap her face and tell her to grow up. Lizzie's meekness and anxiety at first annoyed me but as she began to grow and develop a little confidence I did warm to her. Patience, Helen, Jane, Alice and Gins are pretty much closed books to me as they are peripheral to this tale so just fill up page space and the male characters (Will, Ben and Finn) are really just names. I did find myself getting annoyed at the way Lizzie's background was being dealt with. In many places everyone comes across a little sanctimonious just because she came from a family gripped by poverty so didn't get summer holidays or cinema visits or even nutritious food. I am sure this was not the way the author intended this to come across on the page but, to this reader, it did. Strangely though, despite all my moaning, I did get sucked in to this peaceful world and found myself reading eagerly on and hoping that Lizzie would be believed. I was even rooting for Ellie's wedding to Will and hoping that all the misunderstandings would get sorted out. I know, I know in this genre they probably did but I still enjoyed getting there. A solid book that took me quite some time to get into but was worth my perseverance.
This is a wonderfully written novel told about a place anyone would want to visit. Rowan Hill is a lovely, sprawling English countryside estate open to public visitors and operated by a community of skilled, young artisans . . a dream of a place where down-and-out Lizzie MacDonald would give anything to work. The fact that the job comes with a place to live and the nicest employers one could imagine feels to good to be true. But when fate hands Lizzie that golden opportunity, all she can keep telling herself is NOT to mess it up! I love the way the story unfolds giving away the plot and revealing each character bit by bit continually drawing you forward. It nearly reminds me of Downton Abby where plot and characters are so intertwined that you must listen carefully to the words spoken by each character because they so intricately drive both plot and the character development. That is indeed one of the most special (and rare) elements of the book, that the characters seem very well developed. In fact each member of the artistic community is portrayed to be so very kind, trusting, ready to take a chance on you that I almost envied Lizzie's nearly destitute state just to have the same opportunity of living and working at Rowan Hill . . almost. In fact, all of the artists who operate their studios at Rowan Hill work together seamlessly, the whole idea of the community is that theirs is more of a lifestyle than just a job. There is a woodworker, a gardener, a florist, a jewelry-maker, a stain glass maker, a jewelry-maker and a beautiful tea room. Each looks beyond the labors of their own studios to each other's needs and are extremely happy, having a lot of fun doing it! You just begin to believe that this place is just too Stepford to be real when strange things begin to happen, things out of place, missing, confusion . . and it all seems to point to Lizzie who has been trying her best to prove herself, because this is a place and these are the people she never wants to leave. A very pleasurable book that needs not depend upon gimmicks, predictable plots, or flat, soulless characters. Thank you, Ms. Davies. Hope to come across your next novel.
I have read Letting in Light so it was a pleasure to return to Rowan Hill and see how things have progressed. Ellie and Will are planning their wedding, the units are being filled with various artistic vendors who create and sell their wares. Business is booming all around the estate and Ellie advertises for an assistant. Lizzie a young girl with an obvious troubled past shows up for the interview and makes an impression. She is hired but has a lot to learn. It was wonderful to catch up with the characters again and be introduced to some new ones, the author herself says it is nice to revisit them and I agree, it was like going home after an extended vacation and just slipping back into situ. Rowan Hill is a special place with an endearing ambience, however things start to take a sinister turn and a medley of peculiar events all point towards Lizzie being involved. But are the residents a better judge of character than that ? Could there be an interloper? This is a fabulous tale that shows the true meaning of family, belief, trust and betrayal .. I did suspect who the culprit was but had no idea of the motives behind it, that came as a complete surprise. I feel this could be read as a stand alone because there is enough explanation and inclusion but to gain full benefit and enjoyment I suggest reading the first one as well. I have to say when the title meaning is revealed it is absolutely perfect and sums this book up. Plenty of tension and intrigue to keep the reader hooked while at the same time enjoying the sweetness portrayed by the author. Well done Emma! Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers .. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.