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Starting Over at Acorn Cottage

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  46 reviews

A heartwarming, uplifting village romance for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Cathy Bramley.

Buying a thatched cottage in the country may not be the usual cure for a broken heart. But after Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been sneaking around behind her back, packing her bags and leaving everything in London behind feels like it's the

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Published March 19th 2020 by Aria
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super cute book which was simply perfect between my poicr procedurals.

Having been betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Clara needed a change of scene. Off she went to the country after buying a ramshackle cottage in dire need of repair or a do-over. Entered Henry and his daughter Pansy who was hired as the contractor. Then came Tassie and the story simply exploded with colors.

My first book by author Kate Forster, the writing was warm and filled with emotions. The characters had depth;
Tarang Sinha
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating edit: 4.5 stars

'There was always something to look forward to in life, if you looked hard enough and blocked out all the bad news that you couldnt change.'

What a delightful read! Heartwarming, intriguing, full of warmth, and dark and sad, at times. It's about love, bondings, betrayal, destiny, and most importantly, letting your past/secrets/guilts go.

'Secrets and guilt get very heavy to carry after a while.

I loved the setting ___a cosy and charming village, with endearing characters.
Naomi Lisa Shippen
I made the mistake of judging this book by its cover. I was looking for lightweight escapism in a cosy, country setting but I got so much more.

Protagonist, Clara Maxwell, made me smile from the beginning with her dramatic pronouncement that her love life was in the bin. And so it was, literally. Clara tosses any reminder of cheating ex-partner, Giles, in the bin and leaves her job as a bank manager to cash in on her retirement plan fifty years early.

Clara buys a cottage in the sleepy town of
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

A beautiful cover for a beautiful story, STARTING OVER AT ACORN COTTAGE by Kate Forster is the kind of book that you can lose yourself in and travel to a place that is as interesting as it's characters.

Clara has always been sensible but when she discovers that her long-term partner was having an affair with her so-called best friend, she had enough. So she walked away from her career, her flat, and her past, and bought a cosy cottage in the
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Foerster is a new author to me, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

For me this book was a definite page turner, and one I can highly recommend. I liked all the characters except one, my favourite character was Tassie what a dear sweet lady you'll find out why she is my fave by reading the book. I also cheered for Rachel she finally escapes the mean one.

Also there's a little mystery with Clara, I'm not going to reveal it you will have to read the book.
Emma Crowley
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Starting Over at Acorn Cottage is the first book I have read by Kate Forster. Judging by the cover and title I presumed it would be a typical read of a young woman having a tough time and in turn starting over again creating a new life for herself somewhere nice. To some extent this was the main plot of this book but behind the initial layer there was an awful lot more going on with some serious and heartbreaking issues being explored in this book. When we first meet Clara Maxwell she has ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Clara finds that her boyfriend and her best friend have been going behind her back, she knows it's time to say goodbye - to both of them and to her life as it is. She has always dreamed of living in a thatched cottage, so, after a glass or two of wine too much, she goes online and bang! Buys a thatched cottage, in Marryknowe. Acorn Cottage looks so beautiful on the photos.
However, as it turns out, right after Clara's arrival to her new place, the cottage is almost uninhabitable. Forget the
Clara has had a series of bad things that happened: raised with an alcoholic and abusive father until she and her mother finally escaped, finding her best friend and boyfriend having an affair, realizing that every relationship she has turns sour. A night of wine-fueled browsing on the internet brought her to Acorn Cottage, bought sight unseen in the little village of Merryknowe, and shes finally thinking she can fulfill the dream she and her mother had of a cottage in the country. But the house ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I read a book that I have the most difficult time putting down. It consumes me and sucks me into its chapters and prose to the point where I have to force myself to be a productive member of my household and actually function. And then, comes the moment when I realize that its over. Not only is it over, but the ending has left me so satisfied that I wish there were more pages to explore.

Kate Forster managed to accomplish all that with this book.

From page one, I felt like I
Joanne D'Arcy
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buying a thatched cottage has always been the dream of Clara, roses around the door, children, husband and complete contentment. 

However dreams are life very rarely match. 

When Clara finds her boyfriend and best friend have been goign behind her back - discovered all thanks to cottage pie! Clara realises she cannot live in the shadow of their relationship and buys a thatched cottage, in Merryknowe unseen called Acorn Cottage. 

So the dream suddenly becomes a reality without the roses, the
Jane Hunt
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A story about gentle souls reeling from the harsher aspects of life, being drawn to a village whose life is ebbing away. The story is told from multi-point of view and explores how friendship love and a little bit of magic can transform lives and places.

Bereavement, domestic abuse and forgiveness are the story's major themes. The horror of them sensitively portrayed. As is, the power of good friends, love and sharing dark secrets with someone you trust.

Even though the subject matter is dark,
Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a lovely read! Just the ticket if you need a light, bright uplifting book to raise your spirits.

Clara Maxwell is a sensible young woman; she has her life well under control. Her job as a bank manager means she has stable finances with investments; a boyfriend who she thought she loved and who - she thought - loved her in return until one evening when the relationship crumbles as she discovers he's been sleeping with her best friend. So Clara packs up and heads off to the cottage she
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free ARC from the publisher through NetGalley*
I went into this book expecting just a sweet romantic story - and it is that, but it's so much more. I was surprised by the depth of the characters and their backstories. I loved Clara from the very start - she's the person we all wish we could be. Following her story as you learned more and more of her history was heartbreaking, but getting to see her learn to move past it was inspiring and made me love her just a little bit more than
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while a book takes my breath away, the reason why? It was written with an insight into a strong woman who isnt afraid to share her opinions and speak her mind. At long last a character I can relate too and not be disappointed by the decisions she makes. Despite her secrets, Clara has a good heart and after a terrible secret is found out she escapes to the country to start again. Here we meet some amazing people that become important to Clara. Her kindness, compassion and ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an enchanting story of love, life, and starting afresh. There are a host of great characters, some tasty baking, and a thatched cottage just waiting to be transformed. It's set in a little village just waiting for someone to come in and revitalise it, and our heroine Clara is just the perfect woman for the job. There are revelations, there is romance, and there is a touch of magic.

Truly delightful, I wish I could give it 6 stars.
Mrs J Beavis
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous story, everything about this novel is great I can't praise it enough. When it came to an end I wanted more, much more and I hope we see another book to follow this through. Acorn Cottage and its characters have so much more to give. This is a keeper and I wish I could give it 10 stars but I am only able to give it 5.stars. Well done Kate Forster for a brilliant novel and I wait to see if there is to be more to follow. I highly recommend this to be read.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is rich with well crafted characters. There is a deceptive lightness in the telling and a depth of warm insight, hope and joy that will stay with you long after you finish reading. Its the kind of book that whispers into your heart. I am so pleased I read it. I have enjoyed other books from this author but this is my favourite. ...more
Pam Robertson
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable book to settle into. The type that starts out with someone having to flee from heartbreak and setting up for a new start in the country. It does not take long to realise that actually there may be more going on beneath the surface. Clara has some buried secrets, you soon realise. You also see that her dream cottage is in a much worse state than she realised. The country idyll turns out to be rundown and past its best. Clara seems to have the knack of attracting people to ...more
Janet Graham
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and Magical
I love this book. It doesn't neatly fit into a category but has elements of many. There are some sweet romances, magical happenings, one bit of pretty explicit sex and lots of love and humor. There are several messages in the story, the biggest is to forgive yourself. It left me with smiles and a warm buzz. I am certainly looking into this author's prior work as well as look for her new work to be published. I received this ARC from Net Galley for free and this is my
Kate Rock
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, Fun, feel good read with interesting loveable character's a bit of magic and all the feels. I read this in two sittings and loved it! I love finding a new author and Kate Forster is now on my favorites list. I just went and bought two of her other books! Looking forward to more.
Thank you to publisher #partner #ARIA and #netgalley for my copy.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a cutesy kind of book. Bff, man, and a fixer-upper. cottage. It was aaa break from the usual reads. I did laugh and needed the laughs. I finished it on a Sunday and felt it has a good reason to read this. Go on now, you need to.
Thanks, NetGalley for the advance copy to review.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a nice light breezy feel good book. It was the kind of book you almost dont want it to end. It had interesting characters. I really enjoyed the story. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy ...more
Rachel Kennedy
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read. It does deal with some difficult issues and was an emotional read at times, but I did enjoy the book and look forward to more from this author.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.
Suzanne Waters
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot, it was one of those storys that had the feel good factor. Im glad I got to read this and will be recommending it to my best friend. ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review Gosh what a total delight of a book fast paced intriguing soul searching EXTRAVAGANZA never once was there a dull moment in this outrageously thought provoking book
Christine Galletly
My review will be live on donnasbookblog on 31st March 2020 as part of the blog tour!

I thought that this was truly beautiful story - it was a joy to read and I loved every page.

I thought that the group of characters gelled well together and they had great interaction too which worked so well with the story line.

The author has a great writing style and it worked well with the plot and gave it a great flow. It was an easy book to read and I found it to be a well developed and fun story too.

It is
Sally Tyrer
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely light hearted feel good read that shows the benefits of friendship and letting go despite what you have gone through and the life experiences that have shaped you!
Clara relocates to the country after a relationship breakdown,buying a rundown cottage without even seeing it, enter handyman Henry and his daughter pansy who live in a van and travel around the country looking for work since his wife Naomi had died! Together Clara and Henry renovate the cottage,and as they do so their
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.

Starting Over At Acorn Cottage was lovely story about the changes that life brings us and whether we embrace them or not. Clara bought a cottage sight unseen because she had been feeling low after she discovered her mediocre boyfriend was cheating with her best friend. Henry lives in his van with his daughter Pansy moving from town to town because he lost his wife a few years ago. This story is about the love and friendships made
Katherine Hayward Pérez
After having reviewed The Sisters,also by Kate Forster, I can honestly say I could not wait to get started with what may happen at Acorn Cottage.

An engaging cast of characters, quiet village and a relaxing but interesting plot.

Thanks to Kate Forster and Aria for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars.
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