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Water Under the Bridge

(Chalk Hill #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Ella Davenport hasn’t been in a swimming pool since a bad decision ruined her chance of Olympic gold. So when Ella decides on a new career selling property, she chooses Chalk Hill. The country town is a long way from the water, with no pool in sight. Perfect!

Jake Honeychurch doesn’t want to sell his Nanna’s house, but circumstances force his hand. Listing the property with
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Published March 1st 2018 by Harlequin MIRA
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Ella Davenport's first listing in the small town of Chalk Hill was a big old home she was keen to sell. The owner wouldn't return her calls, so she prepared the best she could, cleaning out the house - even enlisting her ten year old son Sam to help - much to his disgust.

Jake Honeychurch, owner of his Nanna's home therefore Ella's hope for her new career, didn't want to sell, but circumstances were against him. So when Ella had an offer well below the listed price, she wasn't surprised by t
When Ella Davenport's swimming career ended she decided it was time for a career change. Packing up their belongings Ella and her ten year old son, Sam move to the country town of Chalk Hill. Ella starts her new job working at the local Real Estate Office.

Ella's first job that she gets assigned to selling Irma Honeychurch's house. This house belongs to Jakes Nanna, Jake, who is a local farmer and owns the local hardware store. When Ella first meets Jake to discuss selling the house there seems
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone, Author. (2018).

Ella was hoping to be an Olympic swimmer before something derailed those plans and she's never swum again. Now she is embarking on a real estate career in a small country town.
Jake doesn't really want to sell his nanna's house but the situation calls for him to list it. But he didn't expect the new real estate agent to be so determined to sell the house.
A local developer is interested in the hous
Water Under The Bridge is about following your dreams and accept love on the way. Ella Davenport need a change after her marriage ended and the lost of her self-esteem she decided to move to Chalk Hill to start a new life and career. Jake Honeychurch did not want to sell his Nanna's house, but his brother Abel wanted it sold. Jake decided to give Ella Davenport the contract to sell Nanna's house. However, things did not go the way Jake Honeychurch wanted. The readers of Water Under The Bridge wi ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
West Australian author Lily Malone joins the band of talented fellow West Australian rural fiction novelists, who are all doing great things for contemporary romance. I was first introduced to Malone’s work when I read The Goodbye Ride back in 2014. It has been a pleasure to observe Malone’s writing evolve and her latest, Water Under the Bridge, is a novel that left me in awe. I admired Malone’s combination of solid characterisation, spectacular set
Lily Malone’s new offering is the first in a trilogy of books which will feature characters from the Western Australian town of Chalk Hill. Chalk Hill, although fictional, is pretty much the typical small Aussie town. The one thing that they all have and it’s missing, however, is a public swimming pool, which is the exact reason our heroine, Ella Davenport, moves there from Perth.

Ella is an ex-champion swimmer. She won national titles and only missed out on going to the Olympics because she was
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know how this happened but this is the first book I have read of Ms Malone’s but it won’t be the last, this one was such a great story I loved the setting what a town and the characters come to life on the pages, I felt very comfortable in Chalk Hill and look forward to more in this series.

Ella Davenport has decided that it is time for her she was so close to becoming an Olympian swimmer years before but gave all of that up for her son Sam, she stays away from the water altogether and n
Monique Mulligan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

There's a lot I could say about Lily Malone as a writer - starting with the fact that I admire the way she crafts characters and plots, drawing them together in an engaging and often sassy romps of the heart. Her latest release, Water Under the Bridge, does all that and more. A story of two people drawn together by the sale of a house, both with different motives for being where they are at when their hearts collide, it's romantic without being soppy, warm-hearted without being soft. Jake an
Kerrie Paterson
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story and am looking forward to revisiting Chalk Hill in the next 2 books!
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Water Under the Bridge is the first book in the Chalk Hill series and it was lovely. Just lovely.

A well written story that I was drawn to from the start and pretty much kept me hooked until the end.

Featuring a German character and traditional German food, a picturesque setting and a beaut romance…what’s not to love about that!

Page 341 is priceless - love Harvey and Bob.

PS. I was surprised to read that one of the characters is German, a very nice surprise indeed, mostly I find that a German char
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ella wants a new start for herself and her 10 year old son Sam. Hopefully Chalk Hill is the place to do it. Looking for a new direction before moving, she had completed a real estate certificate. Irma Honeychurch’s house is her first listing but it’s not going too well.....that’s maybe because her grandson Jake Honeychurch doesn’t really want it sold.

I found this to be an enjoyable, gentle book about moving on and finding your place in life and a community. I liked Ella and her unconventional re
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Lily Malone book before, but I'm glad I have now.

Water Under the Bridge, the first in the Chalk Hill series was a great read. With likeable characters, a beautiful setting and an engaging storyline, it was hard to put down. Lily's writing is descriptive, easy to follow and allow the reader to form a vivid picture throughout the narrative.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Lily.

Suze Lavender
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ella needs a fresh start and selling property in Chalk Hill should be a perfect opportunity. She's a single mother and her son Sam is having trouble adjusting to his new surroundings. Ella wants to take care of herself for a change, but her son isn't happy they left the city. Ella's first assignment is selling the house Jake's grandmother left him and his brothers. Jake's asking price is outrageous, but she's been given a chance and she's going to try to sell the place. However, is Jake really i ...more
Jenn J McLeod
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lily Malone’s website states she is the author whose stories will make you smile. Having read several I can vouch for that.

Water Under the Bridge shows Lily is one of the best Aussie authors (I have read) when it comes to really nailing characterisation. I LOVE the sound of Chalk Hill as a community and, oh, the joy in that name Honeychurch! Inspired!

Water Under the Bridge is a contemporary story that’s been carefully plotted and populated with authentic and relatable characters (and not a cli
Georgina Penney
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely gorgeous read. (Further review to come)
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very lucky to win a copy of Water Under The Bridge on Facebook from Lily Malone's Author page. Thank you for this opportunity Lily as I loved reading your book. It was my first of your books to read and surely will not be the last .

A young Mum, Ella Devonport , who was a professional Swimmer moves to Western Australia to a country town of Chalk Hill, with her 10 year old son Sam. She has separated from her husband. She takes on a new profession in Real Estate and her first assignment was
Greg Barron
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m just a little bit in love with Lily Malone’s style. In her latest novel, Water Under the Bridge, clear writing, a great setting, and life-like dramas all add up to an easy-to-read escapist novel that is more small-town fiction than romance.

Water Under the Bridge tells the story of Ella, ex-swimming champ, and her struggle to carve out a new life in a country town with her ten-year-old son, Sam. When she meets local fire-fighter and hardware store owner, Jake, there’s an immediate chemistry,
Juanita Kees
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: escape-titles
Lily Malone has a truly unique voice to all her books. Every story is a journey into a world of true blue Australian characters, written with humour to make you smile, emotion that wraps your heart in a warm hug, and skill that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Jake (*sigh*) and Ella's story is full of everything mentioned above and more. I fell in love with the town and the people, even the bad guys. Throw in a German ex-husband and swimming coach who has a heart as big as he is, and you ...more
Evie Snow
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a lovely read. Lily Malone's writing is a masterclass on how to how to write emotional subtlety. And I don't know any other writer that handles the complexity of family life so well. I read this story in one sitting like I have with all other of Malone's books and then promptly went back and started reading it again. If you want to feel so immersed in a story that you feel like you're on a holiday in someone else's life, and finish feeling like you've had a nice warm hug, this is t ...more
Sarah Fiddelaers
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I fell in love with the two main characters and agonised over their ups and downs. I particularly enjoyed the sub plot with Ella's son, and the struggle she had with him and the efforts she went to to protect him. There are so many characters to love in this story, I'm so glad it's part of a trilogy! ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day and related to the realistic people, the setting (rural Western Australia) and the issues they faced. Once again, Lily Malone has delivered.

Disclaimer: Lily and I are longtime writing friends, but I’d have loved this book regardless.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
'Water Under the Bridge' by Australian Author Lily Malone is a really wonderful read.I thoroughly enjoyed Ella & Jake's story:) ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an easy read but I struggled a bit with the behaviours of the main characters and also the 10 year old.
Deb Bodinnar
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got this one for Christmas... really enjoyed it. First time reading Lily Malone, glad I did. About to start Chalk Hill #2.
I’ll say something from the outset and that has to do with how much I normally love Lily Malone’s writing. It’s just ‘Water Under the Bridge’ that didn’t quite work out right for me, despite the wonderful setting of a part of Western Australia so little explored in rural fiction and the unique rhythms of life that Malone captures very nicely here.

There’s something so wistful and close to my heart here about Ella’s new career direction and her past trauma after all—a hundred and eighty degrees s
Jodie (Sunshinejode) W
"Water under the Bridge" by Lily Malone is lovely tale that I felt moved along at a beautiful pace but did not give me that feeling of not wanting to put it down or read through the night. It is based in the beautiful fictional town of Chalk Hill and is the first in what will be a three-book series based on this delightful town and characters.

Ella Davenport is the main character of the novel - a woman with a past that she is running from, whilst trying to find her feet in a new career in real es
Kirsty Wenn
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On the very first page, I knew I would love this book, despite the spider. This talented author has the knack of setting the scene with vivid details and a possesses a unique skill with phrasing that brings a smile to my face. I enjoyed following Ella's struggle to establish herself in a new career as a real estate salesperson in a new town, Chalk Hill. I thought that her relationship with her son was portrayed brilliantly. I've lost count of the number of times I suggested my own son eats fruit ...more
Anne Peachey
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received Water under the Bridge by Lily Malone from Beauty and Lace Book Club to read and do an honest review.
This is set in the rural Western Australian town of Chalk Hill.
Ella was an potential Olympic Swimmer until her life choices interfeered.
She has relocated herself and her son to begin a new life and a new career in Real Estate.
Her first listing is her hope and dream of a new begining.
Things do not go to plan.
The Client of the house becomes a love interest and the unfolding romance is be
Sonia Bellhouse
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The characters were well drawn and the story events were intriguing. The relationship between Ella with her son was realistic, a boy out of his depth missing his old life and friends. Ella is challenging herself embarking on a new career, selling real estate and trying to put her past behind her. Handsome Jake is a complication she doesn't need, and he's the owner of the house she has listed to sell. Its inevitable they will keep meeting.
The story while complicated is certainly feasible and is t
(Eileen)  Dunn
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Water Under the Bridge. I loved Ella and Jake’s story. It is full of hope and the promise of new beginnings being fulfilled. I cried for Ella and her troubled past and smiled with her joy in her new relationship. My heart went out to the stalwart, Erik. A take-away thought for me is that it’s indeed fortunate to find true friends in real life who can let a person go to live their own journey.
Even though I'd read the second book in the series before this one, it made no differenc
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Lily Malone is a journalist and freelance writer who discovered after years of writing facts for a living, writing romance was much more fun.

Lily juggles writing with the needs of a young family, and when she isn’t writing, she likes gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine).

She loves to hear from readers and you can visit Lily at; email he

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