Starting Over at Acorn Cottage
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...more
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; ...more
'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. ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
However, as it turns out, right after Clara's arrival to her new place, the cottage is almost uninhabitable. Forget the ...more
Kate Forster managed to accomplish all that with this book.
From page one, I felt like I ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Truly delightful, I wish I could give it 6 stars.
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 ...more
Thank you to publisher #partner #ARIA and #netgalley for my copy.
Thanks, NetGalley for the advance copy to review.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.