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The Restaurant @ The Mill

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4.55  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Age, relationships, and careers – we all appear to be so very different. Yet beneath the exterior facade we show to the world at large, is that really the case? The things we bury deep inside; the worries and fears we are unable to verbalise, and the hand fate takes in our lives. Sometimes we fail to recognise in each other that innermost struggle and yet it exists for all ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published July 17th 2012)
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Like ducklings to the water’s edge,
They come, hungry and expectant
To take in the ambience
And linger awhile in The Restaurant.

A melting pot of emotions
And chatter fills the air,
As we busily ferry plates
To and from the kitchen.

Toasts and tears,
Celebrations and sadness,
We’ve seen it all and know
It goes full circle.

The delights of each course
Make them stop for a moment,
Conversation forgotten,
To savor that first heavenly taste.

Success and smiles,
Empty glasses and plates,
Hunger satiated and more,
Anoth
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TAMMY CUEVAS
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilary and Ben opened The Restaurant @ The Mill together as business partners and distant friends. As time passed, their relationship deepened. Their restaurant developed a set of regular patrons whose lives and relationships also are chronicled. And in the background is Sarah, the original hostess of the Mill who has never quite left.

The Restaurant @ The Mill is a series of chapters chronicling the lives of Hilary and Ben, the owners, and their customers and friends, Charlotte and Nick, Grace a
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J.B (Debbie)
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A business opportunity suddenly presents itself to Hilary in the form of the very shy but very talented chef Ben. Together, the couple buy an old mill and renovate it to become a popular restaurant set in idyllic countryside. The Restaurant @ The Mill soon becomes a local meeting place. Its a retreat for some, a meeting place for others and somewhere that many find friendship. The mill soon brings together a unique group of people each with their own story to tell. As if this wasn't enough to m ...more
Sheryl Browne
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you fancy a quiet afternoon in the sun (or curled up in a cosy armchair) this is a book I would recommend you choose for company. I warmed immediately to the characters and quite simply knew I wouldn’t be distracted (not even by my inner-guilt gene telling me I should be doing something else!).

Exploring the lives and loves of six very different couples, linked by The Restaurant @ the Mill, I couldn’t help wondering whether the author had set herself a bit of a challenge. She had – but pulled
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Immortal Book
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Restaurant @ the Mill

Linn B. Halton

ISBN 978-1-938404-14-6

Review published 21st July 2016

I can honestly say I fell head over heels in love with this book almost from page one, there was so much in there to keep you fully engaged that it was a delight. It is one of the few books I could honestly not put down until I had finished and I found I was still reading in the wee small hours, just me and a box of tissues.
The people have been given real depth of character and you fe
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Vibina Venugopal
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The restaurant @ Mill is a wonderful tale of people who lives are at the focus @ the Restaurant...The whole plot is engaging, hard to ignore...Initially my take was OMG, with so many chracters around how the plot is going to appeal?? And that is the beauty of the whole novel, there are layers of human characters whose life track converse and come together then move apart carrying their own vantage to go ahead..Human fear of lose ,of being left alone, betrayal are all just not preached but carved ...more
Ashley Chen
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Restaurant @ The Mill

First of all, I have to say that I don't think I had ever read something like this book. It dealt with many issues that circulate around us. This book was different and was very refreshing for me. This book was written in multi POVs (which kind of reminded me of Triggers by Robert J Sawyer and his ability to write with so many characters but having the control to manipulate them all). But this style of writing can get bad if not done well. I mean think about the TV show
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V Family Fun
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to get into the story to begin with but I’m not sure if that was the books fault or because I had just returned from holiday, either way it didn’t last long and I was soon hooked by the characters and each of their personal stories, which were told through the seasons.

Hilary was a lovely character who was always there for others, she definitely gave off a caring agony aunt vibe. She knew that Ben wasn’t telling her everything about himself and yet she still didn’t push him to open up
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Beth Cutwright
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Quintessential Gemini, I was so ready to read The Restaurant @ the Mill! I was so delighted with reading this book....we are all people, we have our careers, our passions, our joys and our disappointments, but when reduced to our lowest elements, we all want to be loved and to be accepted by those who make our lives livable. Ben and Hilary own the Restaurant at the Mill, which includes a resident ghost walking the interior and peering into the fast paced lives and the pain fill ...more
Nikki Bywater
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Restaurant @ the Mill is the heart of the story. The restaurant is run by Hilary Marks and Ben Adams and not only do we get to read their story, but we have six completely different stories about characters who work, or are customers of the restaurant. Each of the characters are facing their own problems and overcoming obstacles, in their lives.

Can Hilary learn to trust again after her first marriage ended badly? Will running the restaurant with Ben be just what she needs to move on? And can
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Ruth Hill
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can say with certainty that this book is unlike anything I have ever read before. Six couples who share one place in common-the restaurant. And it is written from the perspectives of almost every character involved. This is a simple set of stories--nothing too complicated. And that is probably the beauty of this story.

I can say right off the bat that there was only one "profane" word (not too bad at all, really), and there were only implied bedroom scenes. That is something that amazes and del
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Heidi
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilary, a successful talent in the cookery world, teams up with Ben to open up their own restaurant called The Restaurant @ The Mill. They quickly establish a wide variety of regulars who wine and dine at their place. Each and every one of their visitors has their own little story to tell.

This is another one of Linn’s books I devoured in only a couple of hours. There is always a certain “warmth” about Linn’s books that lulls me in and doesn’t let me go until I finish the book.

This story introduc
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BestChickLit.com
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that this is the most emotive novel I have read recently. Each character came alive through Ms Halton’s truly talented writing and it has everything you could possibly want to keep you engaged. I picked it up and it’s one of the few books I have honestly not been able to put down again until I had finished – luckily I was on holiday because I was still reading in the wee small hours, just me and a box of tissues.

The characters have real depth and totally pop off the page fully
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Farrah
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE RESTAURANT @ THE MILL was a different reading experience for me I have to say. Right from the first page, I felt lured into the restaurant; literally into the restaurant. It was as if someone led me to a private table inside and just started talking to me. Directly to me. The place and people were unfamiliar at first yet they were rather open with me. Each sharing a moment of their life and then passing on to the other while they regained the courage to speak to me again or to just take a br ...more
Katie Mettner
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having read Ms. Halton before I looked forward to reading The Restaurant @ the Mill knowing there would be an intense story waiting for me and I was right. The Mill is a quaint English restaurant where the lives of six couples and one ghost come together for a meal. Ben and Hilary, Charlotte and Nick, Isobel and David, Sadie and Sam, Thomas and Catherine and Grace and Lawrence all come to the Mill for different reasons, but what they all find there is solace and comfort while trying to sort out ...more
M.A Grace
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever thought about how your life affects another person? How some place you go and something you do is heard or seen from other person? How your events intertwine in another person's life?

This is a captivating story of multiple people that have one connection. The Restaurant at The Mill. One thing meaning so much to so many different lives. Each life having its own trouble, fear and unresolved problem.

Can a marriage that was suppose to be happy ever after last much longer? Can a secrete
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Andrea Guy
This is really a unique read. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it at first because Hillary's story felt a bit 2 dimensional, but after a few chapters as well as meeting the other characters that make up this story, I found myself loving it. OK, how could you not love a book that has one of the characters getting her ass burned on the oven? (I would so do something like that).

I loved how all the characters were connected with The Restaurant @ The Mill and how their stories intertwined. One o
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Carol W
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful.

This story dips into the lives of six couples who have a connection with The Restaurant @ The Mill, either as the owners, staff or patrons.

Beautiful setting for a novel and I loved the way we dipped into the lives of these characters.
I especially loved Grace and Lawrence's bittersweet story. Heartbreaking not just once but twice.

I would love to see some of these couples stories extended, especially Grace and Lawrence.

I really enjoy this author's writing and often she touches on subject
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Janice Horton
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately interested in the idea of this novel; different couples, different stories, all being told by the characters dining in a restaurant. It works really well. I really felt like I was part of it all, sitting at a table in The Restaurant @ The Mill, owned by Hilary Marks and Ben Adams, having a delicious meal and drinking in the wine and the atmosphere. The first person view point that the author has chosen is crucial in my opinion, to the success of this wonderful novel, as it is c ...more
Susan
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Restaurant @ the Mill" is a well written, well developed story of 6 couples, the restaurant and their challenges. Ms. Halton pens her characters believable and interesting, with realistic storylines behind them. A really nice read intertwined with romance, mystery and a touch of ghostly paranormal happenings.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Barbara
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read by Linn B. Halton. This book was several stories all revolving around the beautifully described Restaurant at The Mill. She wove these stories so well without getting the reader lost. Nicely done!
Kathy
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The Restaurant @ the Mill is well-written and quite compelling. To read my review in its entirety, please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy....
Dianne Merridith
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very light, enjoyable romance.
Kit Domino
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read.
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Bristol-born Linn lives in the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her lovely husband and cat, Ziggy. She has been writing novels since 2009 and has written short stories for a number of magazines. She is also known for her series of ‘Home by Design’ articles wearing her former interior designer hat.
"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, lif
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