Monday, 13 June 2016

Blog Tour: The Secret of Orchard Cottage | Alex Brown


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 Tindledale, she’s dismayed to find Edith’s cottage and the orchard behind it in a sorry state of disrepair. Edith seems to have lost interest completely, instead she’s become desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Winnie, who disappeared during WWII.

April gets to work immediately, discovering that the orchard still delivers a bumper crop each year, and with the help of some of the villagers – including Matt, the enigmatic Farrier – begins to unravel the mystery of the missing Winnie. Slowly, April can feel things coming to life again – but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?
My Review:

As always, an author you know, respect and like comes out with a new book and you can’t help but have high standards. These expectations are always based on what you have read previously from that author and you know they are good at what they do. So when I received a copy of Alex Brown’s new book from the fab folks over at Harper Collins, my expectations for this book were already high.

I was right to have such high hopes for this book because it was one of those books that grabs you by the heart and squeezes hard. There was so much emotion in this book, we open up with April who is still in mourning from the loss of her husband, and my heart broke instantly. Here we have a lovely lady who is going through something so traumatic, you are gripped from the beginning to find out how she will get through things. Not only does she have a loss to contend with but there is the issue of her ageing aunt Edie and the mystery of her long lost aunt Winnie to figure out and this new mystery isn’t going to be easy to unravel.

Then we have Matt, moody, brooding and super swoony Matt. A sweetheart from April’s youth that while he is not the main focus of the story he is important to April’s growth as a person and as a woman. Watch out for Harvey, he is funny and a little bit slimy. 

I really enjoyed this book, as I expected I would. The story is very easy to follow, and it needs to be because you spend a good portion of the book trying to figure out alongside April what the devil happened to Winnie? What is also wonderful about Alex’s writing in this particular novel is that we see a genuine growth in April as a character. She slowly blossoms in front of us, and it’s as if she found a new found strength within herself that she never knew she had. It is clear that Tindledale and Orchard Cottage are the cure for anything and I wish they were real because I want to move there.

With praise from Miranda Dickinson and Milly Johnson, you would be daft not to pick this book up if you haven’t already.

I gave this a charming 10/10

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About the Author:

Alex 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. The Secret of Orchard Cottage is Alex's sixth book.

When she isn't writing Alex enjoys knitting, watching Disney films with her daughter and going to Northern Soul nights, and is passionate about supporting charities working with care leavers, adoption and vulnerable young people. Alex lives in a rural village in Sussex, with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador.

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