Short story spotlight: Three Lovely Spring Reads

22 Apr

Over the Easter weekend I caught up on some fab ebook short stories that I’d downloaded. I thoroughly enjoyed all of these and they made me feel truly spring-like :-)

Finding Mr Rochester by Trisha Ashley

Budding author and die-hard Bronte fan Eleri Groves decides to escape from her disastrous love life to a remote farm cottage in Yorkshire.
Living in the land of the Brontes has got to be better than her life at home and she hopes that she’ll find some inspiration for her next book.
But what she doesn’t expect is to find her own Mr Rochester and much more than she bargained for …

I loved being whisked away to the Yorkshire Moors for this story of a novelist seeking inspiration. Eleri made me smile and is a lovely character and the romance in this story is spot on.

I’m a big fan of Trisha’s books but if you haven’t read one yet Finding Mr Rochester is the perfect place to start as it really shows the warmth and romance of her writing. The ebook also includes a preview of Trisha’s next novel, Every Woman For Herself which is out next month, and some delicious recipes from Trisha.

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Ivy Lane: Spring by Cathy Bramley 

Friendship blossoms at Ivy Lane…

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endeavour to entice Tilly into seedling swaps and Easter egg hunts. Can Tilly let new friends into her life, or will she stay a wallflower for good?

Strictly speaking, this is the first quarter of a full length novel and not a short story but it reads perfectly well as a standalone story and I can’t wait to read the other parts as they are released. Cathy Bramley is a new author for me and after reading Ivy Lane: Spring, I can’t wait to read more from her.

I loved Tilly immediately; she’s such an honest and likeable character (despite trying to appear otherwise!) and I thoroughly enjoyed going along with her as she makes her new start. This story is filled with friendship, humour and genuinely loveable characters of all ages, shapes and sizes! I’ve never been a huge fan of gardening but Tilly’s allotment adventures might just make me reconsider. There’s a wonderful sense of community in this story and it really did capture the sense of spring and new beginnings so well. Hurry up July and part two!

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The Three of Us by Cathy Woodman

Tessa and Jack live at the animal sanctuary in Talyton St George. They had been friends for years, but it wasn’t until Jack interrupted Tessa’s wedding that she discovered his feelings for her were stronger than she ever knew

Now, a year on, they could not be happier. And when Tessa discovers she’s pregnant, it’s as if all their dreams have come true.

But a scan shows that there are complications, and suddenly Tessa realises that Jack has always had doubts about having a baby. Supported throughout by Zara, the village midwife, Tessa and Jack have some tough decisions to make.

However, as the baby’s birth draws closer, Tessa and Jack grow further apart. Will he feel differently when the baby is born? Or will having her wonderful child mean losing the man of her dreams?

The Three of Us is set in the wonderful fictional Devonshire town of Taylton St George; home of Cathy’s seven previous novels and her new book, Follow Me Home which is out later this week. For those who haven’t read any of Cathy’s previous books this short story is a great introduction and introduces Zara, the village midwife whose story you is told in Follow Me Home. For fans of the series this short story also brings readers an update on Tessa and Jack from The Village Vet. 

I haven’t read The Village Vet but enjoyed this story as a standalone novella; it’s a gripping read as Tessa and Jack prepare for the birth of their first child and face some serious ups and downs. My heart went out to them both as I read. This story showcases Cathy’s gentle and sensitive writing style and the lovely world of Taylton St George. I’m really looking forward to reading Zara’s story now!

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3 Responses to “Short story spotlight: Three Lovely Spring Reads”

  1. Cathy Bramley 23rd April 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Hi and thank you so much for including a review of Ivy Lane: Spring in your short story spotlight. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and might even have inspired you to do some gardening. I’ll let you into a secret – I’m not a gardening fan myself, but I must admit that I’m tempted after writing Ivy Lane!
    best wishes
    Cathy x

  2. Cathy Woodman 24th April 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Thank you very much for the lovely review of The Three of Us. I’m so glad you enjoyed meeting Tessa and Jack and visiting Talyton St George. x Cathy

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