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The Secret of Orchard Cottage


4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,188 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Discover the wonderfully warm and heartfelt new novel from Alex Brown, bestselling author of The Great Christmas Knit Off.

April Wilson is wondering what to do next – her life has been turned upside down after the loss of her husband so she’s hoping to piece herself together again with a visit to her elderly great aunt, Edith. Arriving in the rural idyll of Tind
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by HarperCollins (first published May 19th 2016)
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

What a treat The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alex Brown turned out to be! Sweetly intriguing with a sumptuously idyllic setting, I adored being back in Tindledale and couldn't wait to get stuck in, to see what the author had whipped up for her readers this time. When the title and cover were revealed a while back on Twitter, I knew immediately that I had to read this book. It spoke of sisters, love and of deep longing, and so I hopped inside with great en
Susan in Perthshire
Reading all the glowing 5 star reviews, I think I must have read a different book!!

This is a pleasant enough beach read, but in my opinion, it's not the best of its kind. Maeve Binchy, Katie Fforde and Cathy Kelly are queens of the genre that I think Alexandra Brown aspires to. They exemplify the apparently easy, but actually very skilfully plotted story, and well developed characters that engage one's interest all brought together in a well written whole. I thought the entire book would have b

Originally posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


And we're back in Tindledale! The place where you find yourself, get in touch with your feelings and start afresh. Oh how I waited to get back to this enchanting little village. Everything seems to change but Tinderdale stays the same, making it truly a magical place to heal your wounds.

'The Secret of Orchard Cottage' is the third book in the Tindledale
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex Brown is one of my favourite authors and has been ever since I read her beautiful debut Cupcakes At Carringtons. I wait impatiently every time I know there is a new novel imminent and I have been on tenterhooks waiting for The Secret Of Orchard Cottage. When it landed on my Kindle I was super excited and started reading straight away!

The Secret Of Orchard Cottage is set in the gorgeous village of Tindledale and whilst it features returning characters and familiar settings, The S
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex Brown has been one of my favourite authors for a while, and her Tindledale series is one of my favourites! I only recently read the second book, actually, but book three is already here, and let me tell you it's one of the most emotional books I've ever read, in fact I stayed up til after midnight finishing it, because just as I was about to put it down and go to bed, it came to a really intriguing part and with only 22 minutes of reading time left, I could hardly put it down then, could I? ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases

It is already some time since I've last read Alex Brown's book but after reading only the first few sentences of "The Secret of Orchard Cottage" I've immediately felt like at home! There is something magic in Alex's writing style and the way she tells her stories that just appeals to me and I could read her books over and over again. And right now it is really hard to put into words what I want to say about this book - it was an exceptionally warm, poignant and at the same time funny and uplifti
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars for a reasonable beach read. The story was pleasant enough, with strong themes of grief and kindness to the ill and the elderly, and the "secret" was cleared up rapidly in the last two chapters.

My biggest peeve is that the writing was awful - or rather the editing was. There is so much waffle that needs to be cut out to make it more readable, so I find it difficult to understand why it gets so many 5-star ratings. I listened to the audiobook and had to increase the nar
Suze Lavender
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
April is a young and sad widow. She misses her former life and her grief works debilitating. When she realizes she hasn't seen her great aunt Edith in a very long time she decides to travel to Tindledale to visit her. April loves the village and has many fond memories of the place. When she arrives at Orchard Cottage she can't find Edith and the house and garden have fallen into a state of neglect. April's aunt isn't able to keep things up any longer, she's getting old and is often confused. She ...more
Rea Cobb
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is no secret that I am an Alex Brown super fan and her books set in the quaint little village of Tindledale are my absolute favourites so when I heard her new release The Secret of Orchard Cottage would be making a return to Tindledale I didn’t waste any time in getting started on this book.

Our protagonist is April and she is such a loving and selfless character who lost her husband 18 months ago and is still trying to come to terms with his death and work out what path her life s
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Alex Brown and Tindledale, that just screams YES!!! To me!!! So let’s get going.

Back in Tindledale we meet April Wilson. She is a young widow who decides to visit her great aunt Edith at Orchard Cottage in Tindledale. This brings something new into her life, especially because Edith seems to forget a lot and starts calling her Winnie.

April now wants to find out who Winnie is and starts discoverin
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent easy read, covering topics such as bullying, bereavement, dementia, WW2, village life etc. I could visualise each of the characters, and loved Aunt Edie. Yes, it was very predictable with regards to what was going to happen with April and Matt, Nancy and Pete, but all events blended well into the storyline. I even shed a few tears when I read about what had happened to Winnie.

First book that I have read by this author, and will definitely look at her other titles.
Emma Crowley
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll hold my hands up and admit I held off on beginning The Secret of Orchard Cottage, the third in the Tindledale series by Alex Brown, for a week or two after it landed on my Kindle. Two reasons made me do this, the first being (and it may sound silly) a tiny, tiny bit of apprehension on my part which really was ridiculous. I wondered whether book three could possibly live up to the sheer brilliance that was The Great Christmas Knit Off and The Great Village Show? I had the highest of expectat ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Recent widow April travels to Tindledale to visit her great aunt Edie and take a much-deserved break from her life to try and process the loss of her husband. What starts off as a courtesy short visit to check up on her great aunt and help the older woman in and around the house, turns into a much longer stay when April realises that Edie's house and orchard is severely neglected and needs a younger hand to bring it back to life. April herself blossoms in Tindledale too, soon becoming f
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Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, where do I start? Alex Brown is a GENIUS people. I have read all of her books (with the exception of one) and they are just better and better with each book I read. When I read 'The Great Christmas Knit Off' and realised it was one book in a series all set within the village of Tindledale I fell in love. There was no warning, it just rushed up and smacked me in the face. I was drawn to not only this beautiful little village but all the people in it, and I really do mean ALL of them. The wo ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, arcs
Recent widow April decides to go visit her great aunt Edie who lives in the village Tindledale. What starts off as a supposedly short stay with her aunt, to check on her and help her in and around the house. Her stay turns into a much longer stay when she realises that Edie’s house and orchard have been severely neglected. April finds herself blossoming in Tindledale and if her aunt wasn’t enough to keep her busy. April is also trying to uncover the secret of Winnie, Edie’s sister, who went miss ...more
Joanne D'Arcy
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
April is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. Left alone now with two stepchildren on the cusp of finding their own way in life, April feels even more alone.

Finding some solace in revisiting her past, she goes back to Tindledale where happy childhood memories were made and stays with her Great Aunt Edith in Orchard Cottage.

April suddenly finds herself with new friends in Tindledale as well as new challenges. Orchard COttage is no longer the same. Gre
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Lovely ... but in need of an edit. MUCH more serious than the other two in this series and I think it dragged the whole thing down a bit. Also, I had the idea from the beginning that April was much older than she turned out to be and I think that coloured my impression of the whole thing.
Kerry Bee
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I don't know how this book got so many 5 star ratings. I spent most of the time rolling my eyes at every page. It was all so cliched! There were even parts where I actually said out loud, "oh EFF off!!" Seriously.
Esther Simonato
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! It's just what I needed to read right now. It's really sweet and the plot completely exceeded my expectations.
Kelly Ball
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love love love Alex's style of writing and always look forward to new books of hers - a great read and fab story - makes me want to visit tindledale
Prologue: Page 1
Then, after replacing the lid of her fountain pen, she crouched down and swept the rug aside to lift a wonky floorboard to the left of the wardrobe and reached in to retrieve an old wooden apple box containing her diaries dating back to when she was a little girl.

That’s 50 words long. By the end of it I had lost the image in my mind. And its not the only long sentence:

With its tiny school with the clock tower on the roof and the cobbled High Street, flanked/>With/>Then,
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookbubs, 2017
This is a gentle story that I would normally peg in the Cosy Romance stable but I found myself really personally affected by the depiction of the dementia symptoms in Aunt Edie. The mixing of old and new memories in her mind, the emotional vulnerability that often resulted in tearfulness, these things all hit home hard when looking at my own ninety odd year young Grandmother.

The tiny little acts of forgetfulness that add up to a larger problem really did resonate.This darker thread really does
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in Tindledale village. It's the third set there I believe and although I hadn't read the others it didn't affect my enjoyment of this book at all - and I now want to read the others! It's mainly about young widow April who has gone to look after her frail elderly great aunt Edie, as she is is getting a little forgetful. Edie keeps confusing  April with her sister Winnie who left Tindledale in WW2 and never returned. April decides to try to find out what happens ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a wonderful story. I had tears in my eyes reading this warm cosy but tense story about the main character April. April's husband Grey dies leaving her a widow with two grown up step children. April hadn't seen her great aunt Edie for some time as she has been nursing her sick husband so decides to take a break from her heartache and go and see her. On arriving at the village she finds her elderly great aunt needing care and her cottage, Orchard cottage needing some major sorting ou
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a little treasure. I hope there are more books coming from Tindledale. Only two for now, but they are delightful. While they are love stories and such, the main focus is on the people and their stories. Family history and secrets. Delightful pearls and personalities. It's not about the drama of the love affair which I truly like. Sometimes there are tendencies of entanglements, but those are easily and thankfully quickly resolved. If these books had been American I'm sure I would be hearing ...more
Mrs G.E. Lewis
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After reading about the schòol and all the activity I enjoyed loved it so much I wanted to carry on reading about the village and people. So I have just finished reading The Secret of Orchard Cottage in a very short time. To catch up with the people but to tell the story of the cottage and people and all that has happened in the past and present time is just brilliant hearing about aunts story and what is happening to her what happened to Winnie the story is first class. Excel
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly delightful story

Wonderful characters , heart warming takes of every day events in a quaint cottage plus the village it's part of! Exquisite descriptions of the surrounding Orchards with their gnarled Fruit Trees plus colourful Yarn Bombed Gypsy Caravan and rescued Horses . A family mystery to be solved too ending up with takes of great heroism during WW2 in France , a book I shall recommend to friends , including several in line Book Groups too
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very gentle, sweet but sad tale with lots of clues and, yes I did work out where Winnie had disappeared to quite early on, but still a lovely surprise to have it all spelled out neatly at the finale. I would love to holiday in Orchard Cottage but I think the peace of that village Tindale ? would eventually pall and I would dodge back to Basingstoke after a month or six weeks, however this is a lovely, gentle read.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed my reading, but no more. I was expecting more from this book. The resume on the back cover is misleading. I thought other characters would be more involved in this little investigation. Nevertheless, I liked the characters, how they are presented and developed. I also like life in small villages and the author has a way with words that gives you a real opportunity to easily imagine the surroundings.
Jane K.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of Orchard Cottage is set in England - I particularly enjoyed the difference in "language" between the U.S. and the U.K.

This is a sweet and poignant look the lives and heartbreaks that we as humans will face at some point in our lives. Alexandra Brown's development of believable characters helps make The Secret of Orchard Cottage an enjoying book that is engaging and interesting.
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Alexandra Brown is the bestselling author of five books and launched her career with the hugely popular Carrington’s series set in a seaside town department store. Alex now writes warm, witty and heartfelt novels centred on the cosy community spirit of village life.

Alex began her writing career as a weekly columnist for The London Paper, before trading in the rat race for the good life

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Tindledale (5 books)
  • The Great Christmas Knit Off
  • The Great Village Show
  • Not Just For Christmas
  • The Wish
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