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Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square

(Nightingale Square #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,286 ratings  ·  158 reviews
~*~ ‘Pour out the Pimm’s, pull out the deckchair and lose yourself in this lovely, sweet, summery story!’ MILLY JOHNSON ~*~
The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley

 is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the per
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Published May 31st 2018 by Simon Schuster UK
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Whispering Stories
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Newly separated Kate has decided to move away from the home she shared with her husband David in London to a place where no-one will know her so she can have time to herself and be alone. She finds a lovely little house in Nightingale Square in Norwich. However, not long after moving in she is welcomed to the square by feisty mum of three, Lisa, who tells her all about the parties and gatherings that the locals have on the green in front of her
Fabulous Book Fiend
With a Heidi Swain novel, you always know you are going to get a great cast of characters, a fabulously English setting and the very dramatic ups and downs, comings and goings that can occur in a small town community. And this novel is no exception. Fan of Wynnbridge will be pleased to know that, whilst this novel is not set in our favourite market town, Kate, our main character is originally from there and is the sister in law of Jemma from the Cherry Tree cafe-hurrah!

I loved this new setting f
Lauren Tess'x
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book.

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square was my first venture into a Heidi Swain novel, and oh my god, seriously, where have I been hiding?!

I devoured this book in just 2 glorious sittings. I quickly became immersed with the characters and their lives and finding out more about the gorgeous Nightingale Square and the history behind Prosperous Place and the Wentworth legacy.

I really enjoyed how the residents of Nightingale Square came together to try and save the
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great cast of characters (some familiar from previous novels) help to make this a heart-warming and enjoyable read. I really want to live in Nightingale Square!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2018
Kate moves to Nightingale Square to escape her ex husband and the life she knew in London only to find the close knit community a little different to what she expected. She ends up pulled into their ongoing interest with Prosperous Place, the large house on the square that seems to be in danger of being bought and demolished.

Honestly, this was very simplistic and very cheesy. Kate as herself wasn't likeable and any hidden revelations about her past just weren't interesting, the characters who we
Lisa M
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another stunning read from Heidi! She has not let me down yet. I have been fortunate to be given an advanced reading copy of her next novel (Poppy's Recipe for Life) and understood it was going to be set in Nightingale Square so felt it was high time I read this one too.

Kate and Luke were the main characters, working together to bring the old manor house, Prosperous Place, back to its former glory - I was engrossed in the historical aspect of this novel. Though it never goes into great detail, I
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I had been expecting a return to Wynbridge before I started this, as its the normal location used by the author and although it does make a cameo, the heart of the book is set around Nightingale Square in Norwich.

We are introduced to all the residents of the houses on the square, and get to know a good deal about all of them.

Though the main characters are Kate and Luke abd with them we get a fabulous story centering about their houses and a communal gardening space.

I found the first half
Prabhjot Kaur
First things first, that is one gorgeous book cover. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but sometimes, I can't help it. Also, being in isolation and lockdown for the most part this year, I can only dream of going to the countryside and escape but alas I am here reading these books with picturesque settings and beautiful covers.

Kate has separated from her husband of eight years, David and is moving away from London where they lived together to a place which she doesn't share with David
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, I NEEDED this book.
I have been swept away with the sheer charm and delight of the writing, the characters and the story.

This is my first Heidi Swain book, but I have been totally captivated by her wonderful writing. I loved the setting of Nightingale Square in Norwich, a city I know a little.

I feel like I am late to an established party, but I am hoping to stake my claim to fandom.

Loved it.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Really enjoyed this story. Kate leaves her London home to get away from her cheating husband and what a twisted mess. In her attempt to move into a place where she can start fresh and no one knows her. She finds something she never expected and is what she needed. The other characters, her new neighbors, are a fun bunch and quirky in their own way but they become the people she needed. Kate does get what more than she expected and I'm happy with the ending. ...more
Nicola Clough
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Worth far more than the five stars it's an amazing book so well written and just couldn't put it down. Has amazing characters and wonderful settling and plot to the story with many twists and turns. Full of starting over and making a new life with making wonderful friends and romance into the story as well. Couldn't put the book down and didn't want it to end either just lived it so much and really reminded me of summer.
Kate is divorcing her husband and needs to leave London and start again so
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once again Heidi jo has delivered an outstanding book full of warm caring and some very inquisitive characters.
Kate making way in her new life as a singelton,buying a new house and new life is always a bit daunting her new neighbours the fabulous Heather and the rather nosey Lisa made for page turning reading was great to dip in and out of wynbridge and hear that cherry tree cafe is doing so well, where it all started really. David was a law unto himself and the charismatic l
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Someone please get me the bus times for a trip to Wynbridge and Nightingale Square, please!!

Whilst this book isn’t set in Wynbridge like many of the other books in the series, several characters you may recognise, do pop up now and again as the story progresses. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you end up squealing with ‘OMG I KNOW THEM!!!!’. Obviously, you don’t KNOW them as such, but due to the fact that
Carole Hearn
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful story of love and friendship. Really easy to read and I loved how the characters formed their friendships. Highly recommend.
Sarah Lee
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain on holiday last week. I finished it just over a day. I could not put it down. Well written, with a good story, likeable interesting characters, it is a great read for the summer. If you haven't read any of Heidi's books yet I would certainly recommend them. There was only one problem with this book, I read it too quickly and now have to wait for her next one to be released. ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

We are always in for a treat with Heidi Swain. This time she takes us to a new setting, which also means getting to know new characters, yay!!!

We follow Kate, who is on the run from her almost ex-husband. He wants her back and she just wants to get away from him. In Nightingale Square she has found a great hiding spot. It’s a fab place, everyone meets there and a lot of gossiping and socializing is happening.

When developers buy the
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heidi has done it again, another truly amazing delightful and heart-warming story that I just fell in love with and completely got lost in. She has such a way with words that her style of writing is truly perfect is every way.

I loved the location of Nightingale Square, it sounded truly idyllic and picturesque and I completely fell in love with all of the residents and loved how they all come together as a community and support each other and how welcoming everyone is. I think I'd quite like to
Tina Tacey
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet and bright tale that moves quickly and draws you in with its wonderfully beautiful characters.

If you can read this heart-warming story of a lady running from her past, with the intention of not getting too close to people, but eventually making some lovely friendships, without getting the urge to go out in the sunshine, start a garden and make new friends, are we even reading the same book?

I like a book to build the characters up, and explore them so we grow to love them and want them to
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely warm bath of a novel: something you can sink into and forget about the world for a bit in. I always feel that it can be a delicate balance writing romance, but Sweet Peas and Sunshine hit the perfect note, and the end result was something charming, light-hearted and very easy to read.

Following on from her Cherry Tree Cafe series, Heidi Swain’s new heroine is Kate, recently divorced from her philandering husband David, and nursing a broken heart that sees her impulsively buy a ho
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book. I was so excited when I was asked to take part in this tour. I've read a few of Heidi's books and I just adore her writing style! 

In this book we follow Kate as she is about to move to Norwic
Sharon Williams
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing it just gets better and better. This book is slightly different and isn't based in wynbridge but Norfolk in a small town where there are a group of houses all built into a square called nightingale square by a very large house that is up for sale.

Kate has just come out of a bad marriage where her husband cheated and something else happened that she won't tell anybody about. She loves away from London for a few start and her family come from wynbridge but she finds a lovel
Noemi Proietti
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me just say that, despite the long length of the book (more than 400 pages), I read this heartwarming and engrossing novel in two days. I found the characters realistic and likable and I was completely immersed in their stories and their lives. I was also fascinated by the history surrounding Nightingale Square and the families who used to live there and, along with Kate, I enjoyed to find out more.

The main protagonist of the novel is Kate. She believes in one true love. She believes that pe
Joanne D'Arcy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having found a little hideaway in a lovely cottage in Nightingale Square Kate thinks she may be able to escape not just her family who live in Wynbridge (featured in Heidi Swain’s other books) but also her soon to be ex-husband David. His indiscretions can no longer be ignored.

However hiding away is not what the locals have in mind for Kate. When the whirlwind that is Lisa arrives, with her children in tow as well as Heather and her new perfect baby, Kate is thrust into community life and has to
Susanne Baker
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heidi has yet again won my heart with her gorgeous book! I loved the community feel created in this book, despite the setting being in a city this time. She has managed to create a village within a busy area. I enjoyed meeting all the new characters, especially Kate, who despite a difficult start blossoms beautifully as the story progresses , much like the communal garden she helps to create!
Heidi is fabulous at having surprises in her books, and this one was no exception. Totally unexpected but
Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
Another fab read by the wonderful Heidi Swain I loved my time in Nightingale Square! I warmed to Kate immediately, including the other Nightingale Square residents that welcomed Kate with open arms. I enjoyed reading Kate’s story, her chance of starting again and being part of a wonderful community. I love Heidi’s writing, it’s so easy to get involved and lost in a Heidi book. I enjoyed the friendship between Kate, Lisa and Heather.. friends who you can laugh with but who aren’t afraid to tell y ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this on audio as a bedtime story so I'm afraid I fell asleep for much of it. It was a bit bland for me but very pleasant. An ideal bedtime read. ...more
Sarah-jane Kemp
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Community garden... a bit of a family history mystery and plenty of soppy romance.
Such an enjoyable book with lovely characters.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet and predictable.
Should be 3* but I really needed to read something nice and this book delivered!
Sam Bakunzi
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a little slow going but really was an amazing read. Great friendship and family Dynamics.
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Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enj

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