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A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson. After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart. But when Amber discovers that Cranbri A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson. After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart. But when Amber discovers that Cranbridge Stores, owned by her godmother Cathy and son Josh, is under threat of financial ruin, she realises that her skills as a window dresser might just be able to help save the struggling shop. When disaster strikes, Amber and Josh must unite to save both the shop and the village from flooding. Can Cranbridge Stores become the heart of the village once more? And as the village begins to come back to life, perhaps Amber will discover a reason to stay…


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A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson. After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart. But when Amber discovers that Cranbri A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson. After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart. But when Amber discovers that Cranbridge Stores, owned by her godmother Cathy and son Josh, is under threat of financial ruin, she realises that her skills as a window dresser might just be able to help save the struggling shop. When disaster strikes, Amber and Josh must unite to save both the shop and the village from flooding. Can Cranbridge Stores become the heart of the village once more? And as the village begins to come back to life, perhaps Amber will discover a reason to stay…

30 review for The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: ‘Love may be blind, but it’s marriage that’s the real eye-opener,’ she told him, glancing behind her as the shouting became even louder. A facelift? The shop needed a full makeover, complete with major heart surgery. ‘It’s going to look worse before it looks better,’ she told Grandma Tilly. ‘Then perhaps I think you’re at rock bottom now, my dear,’ said Tilly, with a wink. ‘I don’t know what’s in it,’ Molly told them, making a face. ‘It’s pretty disgusting, but after a couple of gla Favorite Quotes: ‘Love may be blind, but it’s marriage that’s the real eye-opener,’ she told him, glancing behind her as the shouting became even louder. A facelift? The shop needed a full makeover, complete with major heart surgery. ‘It’s going to look worse before it looks better,’ she told Grandma Tilly. ‘Then perhaps I think you’re at rock bottom now, my dear,’ said Tilly, with a wink. ‘I don’t know what’s in it,’ Molly told them, making a face. ‘It’s pretty disgusting, but after a couple of glasses you lose all feeling in your tongue so you don’t care!’ … ‘That punch could strip paint off the walls. Although the wallpaper in here appears to be doing that all by itself.’ I didn’t even have time for a nightcap last night. I think my body’s gone into toxic shock. My Review: This was a wryly amusing, sweet, and insightfully written story filled with a full complement of likable, hard-working, and well-meaning characters who were struggling with lives that didn’t turn out as planned while residing in a small rural village that had seen better days. The writing and storylines were easy to follow, engaging, and held my interest with humorous banter, family issues, and a slow-burn romance that did not progress beyond igniting the pilot light until the very last chapter. I admired the characters’ creativity, initiative, and innovations in attempting to save their business and community.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anbukarasan

    A cute story A young girl not having much confidence, visits a family friend on her way to return home which turns win win for her and the friend, blending them together.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A delightful heart warming story about Hope, friendship, and community. Alison Sherlock this was such a treat! Amber is returning home to a small rural town in the UK after losing her job in NYC. The situation is only temporary because after she spends some time with her godmother she is heading to New Zealand to live with her parents who have just relocated there. Josh has returned home after his father‘s death to help in the family’s village shop. Now Amber and Josh both find themselves workin A delightful heart warming story about Hope, friendship, and community. Alison Sherlock this was such a treat! Amber is returning home to a small rural town in the UK after losing her job in NYC. The situation is only temporary because after she spends some time with her godmother she is heading to New Zealand to live with her parents who have just relocated there. Josh has returned home after his father‘s death to help in the family’s village shop. Now Amber and Josh both find themselves working in this quaint village shop in need of a lot of TLC both not necessarily wanting to be there. A tractor. A pub. A bridge. A flood. A coffee maker. Locally sourced produce and cheese. A Christmas market. A sweet tale. Loved reading this so much! I so enjoyed Amber and Josh transforming the shop. Loved all the charming quirky villagers who dropped by the shop for a cup of coffee or the newspaper. Loved the wonderful sense of community (I’m betting all these people would wear masks if they were in the middle of a pandemic, just saying). The perfect book to escape into while the world around me seems to get a little crazier every day. This book in emojis 🚜 🍃 🎃 ☕️ 🍰 ☔️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts is a cute short novel about a woman called Amber who, after getting fired from her job in New York, goes to visit her godmother in England before moving to New Zealand where her parents live. Amber is unsure about where her life is headed, lacks confidence and a sense of belonging to a community. All of that is changed when her godmother takes off on a trip, leaving Amber to help Josh, the godmother's son, in running Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts is a cute short novel about a woman called Amber who, after getting fired from her job in New York, goes to visit her godmother in England before moving to New Zealand where her parents live. Amber is unsure about where her life is headed, lacks confidence and a sense of belonging to a community. All of that is changed when her godmother takes off on a trip, leaving Amber to help Josh, the godmother's son, in running a small village shop on the brink of bankruptcy. Some might say that the story is not the most realistic one, but... in all fairness, I did not care while reading it. The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts is heartwarming and touching. It shows the efforts of two people to bring the heart back to a quiet village full of lonely people. There was a romance part, but most of all this book gave me the warm feeling of seeing a community being built. It was lovely following the change of the run down store which in turn revitalized the lives of the many people living in the village but separated from any sort of a society. I really liked seeing characters like Stanley, an old man who goes to the store every day to buy his newspaper and chat a bit with the people there because he doesn't have anyone else, and him ultimately finding a place of belonging through that store. Amber was also a nice main character. I would not say that the depth was incredible, but then this is just a small feel-good novel, and it was refreshing to actually feel good while reading it. Amber was kind and creative, a bit too shy, but still likable. Josh was similarly sweet and nice, albeit a bit conflicted. If you're looking for something which can put a little smile on your face, look no further. (Also, if you have any mild form of OCD, you might find it satisfying. They start with a messy shop full of scattered goods, and end up with a cute little family shop. While they were discussing getting it into shape, I was almost chanting "Do it, do it!", because I couldn't wait to follow the process of the place being fixed up.) Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC.  (Quarantine: Book 17)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    I was so disappointed in this book…… Disappointed I finished it, disappointed the next book isn’t available to read and disappointed I have had to let go of some of the loveliest characters I have ever had the pleasure to read and care about. From the moment Amber turns up in Cranbridge it’s clear this isn’t the place she remembers fondly from her childhood. A once thriving community it has become quiet and without soul. The shop is an overstocked mess and the villagers are now preferring the sup I was so disappointed in this book…… Disappointed I finished it, disappointed the next book isn’t available to read and disappointed I have had to let go of some of the loveliest characters I have ever had the pleasure to read and care about. From the moment Amber turns up in Cranbridge it’s clear this isn’t the place she remembers fondly from her childhood. A once thriving community it has become quiet and without soul. The shop is an overstocked mess and the villagers are now preferring the supermarket. But as Amber and Josh set to work transforming the shop a bigger transformation happens in both Amber and the community. Friendships are formed, loneliness is conquered, old bullies are faced and romance is blossoming just as the autumn leaves are falling to the ground. But as soon as Amber and Josh start making headway with the shop a flood threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard for. This is just the time for the community to pull together. What I loved most about this book is the characters. The author really conveyed how loneliness affects them in different ways and how small changes can really make a difference. Amber was an easy protagonist to warm to. Insecure but strangely confident at the same time she slips quietly in to your conscious and you really root for her. Even the smaller characters that don’t appear often have a big impact due to their big personalities and equally big hearts. With a slow burn romance, gentle pace and some eclectic characters this will wrap you in warmth like one of Grandma Tilly’s blankets. And like Cranbridge stores this had everything I never knew I needed. P.S I really hope to see Dodgy Del appear in future books as every village needs a character like him.

  6. 5 out of 5

    linda hole

    I like books about small town romance. Following the inhabitants life and struggles. These books make me feel like i am coming Home.And Even though I loved the storyline ,the book became too shallow for me. But thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Luke

    The village shop for lonely hearts us a sweet story about loneliness, friendship and community. This is the first book in a series about Riverside Lane in the village if Cranbridge. The main characters, Amber and Josh are likeable. The other characters in the village are sweet and added to the story. Being set in the autumn this book us ideal to curl up by the fireside with a hot drink.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    A Sweet Story about Finding Home and Losing your Heart. The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts is a lovely story about loneliness, friendship, and community. Amber was a British expatriate in New York, working as a window designer for Saks 5th Avenue. She is very lonely in the big city but finds comfort in her creative work. When she is fired, and her working visa is revoked, she realizes she has no home to go back to, as her parents had moved to New Zealand. Lost and a little hurt by the situation, she A Sweet Story about Finding Home and Losing your Heart. The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts is a lovely story about loneliness, friendship, and community. Amber was a British expatriate in New York, working as a window designer for Saks 5th Avenue. She is very lonely in the big city but finds comfort in her creative work. When she is fired, and her working visa is revoked, she realizes she has no home to go back to, as her parents had moved to New Zealand. Lost and a little hurt by the situation, she ends up going to visit her godmother Cathy in Cranbridge, a small and deserted English town. She planned to stay for a few weeks to get herself together before following her parents to New Zealand. But plans changed when she started to help Cathy and her son Josh to take care of their dilapidated and near-bankrupt shop. Amber was so talented and yet so full of doubts about herself. Josh was in turmoil, trying to shield his mother from the problems and, at the same time, having a hard time to convince her that things had to change. The story is lovely. All characters were facing challenges and trying to cope with change. They were good, honorable, relatable, and I was immediately invested in their happiness. The author inserted some relevant themes throughout the story without overdoing it: senility, grief, illness, bullying, loneliness, and even environmental concerns. Overall, a romantic and engrossing read. Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    emma ♖

    This book is exactly what it is advertised to be and I liked it! Perfectly fine writing and perfectly fine characters. The village and it's inhabitants seem great. However this story could have used a bit of editing. This book is exactly what it is advertised to be and I liked it! Perfectly fine writing and perfectly fine characters. The village and it's inhabitants seem great. However this story could have used a bit of editing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Left me with a smile on my face and a keen desire to read hopefully more Riverside Lane books. Set during the autumnal months, this is a story that will warm the cockles of your heart, give you a big fuzzy feeling of contentment as you read it. Set in the village of Cranbridge, it features Cranbridge stores, a one stop shop for anything you may need, well if you actually come into the shop and try to find it! It's a shop in great need of an overhaul and fast as its struggling. Amber is only intend Left me with a smile on my face and a keen desire to read hopefully more Riverside Lane books. Set during the autumnal months, this is a story that will warm the cockles of your heart, give you a big fuzzy feeling of contentment as you read it. Set in the village of Cranbridge, it features Cranbridge stores, a one stop shop for anything you may need, well if you actually come into the shop and try to find it! It's a shop in great need of an overhaul and fast as its struggling. Amber is only intending to be in the village for a few days to see her godmother, but fate conspires to keep her there for a bit longer. Her first meeting with Josh was rather memorable, and its up to them to try to reverse the shops fortunes, and I loved seeing them working together. You will have to read for yourself to see just how everything turns out. I love Alison Sherlock's writing style, her way with words and just lovely stories. A wonderful story to read curled up by a fire! Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for this copy which i have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Redland

    Things aren’t going too well for Amber Green. She’s lost her job in New York and, with no working visa, has no choice but to head for home. The problem is, she doesn’t have anywhere to call home anymore because her parents have just relocated to New Zealand. Before joining them there, her mum insists Amber spends time in the UK with her godmother, Cathy, in the village of Cranbridge. Cranbridge was Amber’s home for part of her childhood but she doesn’t have particularly fond memories of growing Things aren’t going too well for Amber Green. She’s lost her job in New York and, with no working visa, has no choice but to head for home. The problem is, she doesn’t have anywhere to call home anymore because her parents have just relocated to New Zealand. Before joining them there, her mum insists Amber spends time in the UK with her godmother, Cathy, in the village of Cranbridge. Cranbridge was Amber’s home for part of her childhood but she doesn’t have particularly fond memories of growing up there and, if first impressions are anything to go by, it doesn’t look as though she’s going to have a better experience second time around. Cathy’s shop is packed to the rafters with stock but there don’t appear to be any customers. In fact, the whole place seems to be deserted. Where is everyone? With a very stressed Cathy at odds with her son, Josh, who appears to be in a permanently bad mood, Amber’s relieved that she’s just passing through. But as the days pass and Amber helps out in the shop, she starts to see beyond the cluttered aisles and the empty streets outside. The store could be the heart of the community again ... if only Cathy could let go of the past and embrace change and if Amber could believe she could make a difference. What starts as a gentle story of building friendships and a budding romance suddenly picks up pace one stormy night when the river keeps rising and the community faces disaster. I couldn’t stop turning the pages, hoping everyone would be safe. This is a lovely story of finding yourself and discovering what home means. I loved how Alison described the struggling Cranbridge Stores and could vividly picture the store, the pub opposite, and the lost souls for whom a daily visit to the store was pretty much the only company they had each day. Along with Amber, I could see the potential for trying to turn things around and loved how she and Josh pulled together to save his family business. So grab yourself a blanket and a hot chocolate (or your sunglasses and a glass of something cold!) and take a trip to the village of Cranbridge to see whether the heart of the village can become the heart of the community once more. Loved it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I am so happy this is the first book in a new series - the characters in Cranbridge are brilliant and I can't wait to read more about their lives and antics! Mind you, maybe someone should ensure there's a guard rail on the pedestrian river crossing to help prevent Amber and Josh or anyone else falling in in future! This really is a feel-good read to put a smile on your face, it certainly did on mine. The change in the whole community as Amber and Josh help sort out the Cranbridge Stores is brill I am so happy this is the first book in a new series - the characters in Cranbridge are brilliant and I can't wait to read more about their lives and antics! Mind you, maybe someone should ensure there's a guard rail on the pedestrian river crossing to help prevent Amber and Josh or anyone else falling in in future! This really is a feel-good read to put a smile on your face, it certainly did on mine. The change in the whole community as Amber and Josh help sort out the Cranbridge Stores is brilliantly portrayed and believable. There's a fantastic mix of characters, most of whom you learn to love, especially as they all come together for both the flood and Christmas market. It is a heartwarming story of community, self-evaluation, using your talents to help others and romance written with Alison Sherlock's usual skill in bringing everything to life within the pages of her books. It is so easy to imagine the characters and setting, the antics and activities as they are so well portrayed. I really enjoyed escaping into this story and can't wait to read more about Cranbridge folk in future. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this as a delightful read to escape into. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after thoroughly enjoying reading this fantastic read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam Robertson

    I was delighted to find out that this is the first in a new series as there is so much potential in the village for a whole host of stories. The first one centres around the village store and introduces a whole range of interesting characters. What I liked about the central characters, Amber and Josh, was the way they tried to hide their insecurities. They are both people pleasers and it is their kindness which shines through. Amber has suffered from bullying in the past and her self- esteem is I was delighted to find out that this is the first in a new series as there is so much potential in the village for a whole host of stories. The first one centres around the village store and introduces a whole range of interesting characters. What I liked about the central characters, Amber and Josh, was the way they tried to hide their insecurities. They are both people pleasers and it is their kindness which shines through. Amber has suffered from bullying in the past and her self- esteem is through the floor. Living in the village and getting involved with the villagers gives her another chance and the opportunity to work out where her home is. You realise that she has been rather lonely in the past but she gradually lets her talent shine through. This is one of those comforting reads for a cosy night in. As you will discover, Amber is not the only character who is ready for a fresh start. Roll on the next in the series so we can discover what happens next! In short: Home is where the heart is. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I liked this more than I expected. The beginning was a bit slow, and at first Amber is anything but likable but she grows a bit. The village characters were cute and the plot worked well. Felt a tiny bit rushed overall. Still a good cosy read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheerie

    4.5 out of 5!😍

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    3.5 stars. It was cute

  17. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    Look, The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock is essentially a Hallmark movie. Not that that’s a bad thing — y’all know I love a good Hallmark movie around the holidays and this would definitely rank among the better ones — but it definitely didn’t hit quite right in the midst of the boiling hot summer. Amber Green is traveling from New York, where she just lost her job as a window-dresser, to New Zealand, where her parents have decided to become sheep farmers. But on the way, her m Look, The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock is essentially a Hallmark movie. Not that that’s a bad thing — y’all know I love a good Hallmark movie around the holidays and this would definitely rank among the better ones — but it definitely didn’t hit quite right in the midst of the boiling hot summer. Amber Green is traveling from New York, where she just lost her job as a window-dresser, to New Zealand, where her parents have decided to become sheep farmers. But on the way, her mother has made her stop in the sleepy English village of Cranbridge to check up on her godmother, Cathy, who runs a store that is on the edge of financial ruin. To her surprise, Amber suddenly feels inspired by the store and the village, kicking into gear to help Cathy save the store — and the fact that her son and co-owner, Josh, is quite handsome definitely doesn’t hurt. This one has a slow start and a quick end, with lots of internal monologue moments. It’s cute, quick, and sweet; otherwise, a read-and-dump book. The characters are charming and relatable, the plot predictable and you can turn your brain off. I wasn’t particularly impressed, but I also didn’t hate it. I think if I had read it curled up on a blustery cold day, with a mug of hot cocoa, I might’ve enjoyed it more than I did!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Storms would always come and go, but together she and Josh could face anything whilst waiting for the sun to come out again. And it always did. What a book 5 out of 5. I want to live in Cranbridge!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerry https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com Robinson

    I loved this novel so much I just wanted to crawl between the pages and live there, in the picturesque village of Cranbridge with all these lovely characters.   Warning - This will be a very gushy review.  This is such a heartwarming, cosy novel and it's every but as delightful as it sounds. When Amber returns to visit her childhood home, she reconnects with her Godmother Cathy and her family.  Cathy owns the run down Cranbridge Stores and is on the verge of having to sell.  The whole town is for I loved this novel so much I just wanted to crawl between the pages and live there, in the picturesque village of Cranbridge with all these lovely characters.   Warning - This will be a very gushy review.  This is such a heartwarming, cosy novel and it's every but as delightful as it sounds. When Amber returns to visit her childhood home, she reconnects with her Godmother Cathy and her family.  Cathy owns the run down Cranbridge Stores and is on the verge of having to sell.  The whole town is forgotten and empty.  Can Amber and Cathy's son Josh make changes enough to save the business?  Can the broken hearts of Cranbridge Stores ever be mended?  The whole setting of this novel was so quaint and vividly described.  The small village that is suffering due to big brands is such a real issue faced by local businesses and this novel really gives an insight into how that affects families and local business owners.  The store itself reminds me of an old fashioned American store seen in small towns on the TV and I fell in love with it straight away.        The characters bring a variety of personalities to the story and all (apart from one) are adorable.  The main protagonist Amber is hiding a lot of insecurities and this heavily impacts her confidence and her sense of belonging.  Josh is broken, worried about the family future and missing the life he had he has no idea where to turn or how to sort out the mess that they seem to be in.  Cathy is grieving and struggling to move forward as well as uncertain about her own future.  Throw in a quirky bunch of villagers and you've got a bunch of characters who find a special place in your heart and settle there.    The worst thing about this novel is that it ended - I wasn't ready for it to and I wanted more from the village and the characters.  I am however consoled by the fact that it is book 1 in the Riverside Lane series so more to come - Yay! Highly recommended cosy and uplifting read - perfect!   

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sumit Sinha

    Feel Good Book A Village Shop For Lonely Hearts By Alison Sherlock ☕One of those days when your coffee isn't hitting the right spot..you should be picking this book. . This book has that romance element but it has been presented in a subtle way as the book is really not at all fully centred around the He and the She only. Storyline was superb until page no. 200 or so. There my mind started to drift out of the book, the same masala was about to took the toll but then I guess, those were needed but d Feel Good Book A Village Shop For Lonely Hearts By Alison Sherlock ☕One of those days when your coffee isn't hitting the right spot..you should be picking this book. . This book has that romance element but it has been presented in a subtle way as the book is really not at all fully centred around the He and the She only. Storyline was superb until page no. 200 or so. There my mind started to drift out of the book, the same masala was about to took the toll but then I guess, those were needed but definitely not needed with 110% surety. It could have been avoided. . I guess I put the cons. in the last paragraph already but would like to add one point - the writer should have tried to weave magic with words. Story telling shouldn't be only about letting the readers know about the events, it should be much more than this. I am not comparing anyone here but being a reader, crave for words is absolutely natural. . Something like Murakami's. ❤️ Well, YES missing Murakami's world! ❤️🌠 ⭐ - 2.5 #Book #Bookstagram

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo Kneale

    Excellent book to read at the moment, it takes place between September and December, has beautiful descriptions of the changing seasons, renovating a shop ( and, by Jove, I'd love to shop there!) and, of course, a love story. I started reading this morning with a chai tea and lunchtime cassoulet and finished this evening with a gin and tonic. Perfect Saturday, and I even cleaned the kitchen in-between chapters to savour it more! Excellent book to read at the moment, it takes place between September and December, has beautiful descriptions of the changing seasons, renovating a shop ( and, by Jove, I'd love to shop there!) and, of course, a love story. I started reading this morning with a chai tea and lunchtime cassoulet and finished this evening with a gin and tonic. Perfect Saturday, and I even cleaned the kitchen in-between chapters to savour it more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was a sweet, cozy romance set in the charming village of Cranbridge in England. It felt like a Hallmark/Lifetime movie with some HGTV thrown in for good measure! It was fun seeing Amber and Josh’s story progress. Amber’s feeling of isolation in the big city and floating through life seem very relatable in early adulthood. The other characters in the village were sweet and truly added to the story. It did take me a couple of chapters to get dr The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was a sweet, cozy romance set in the charming village of Cranbridge in England. It felt like a Hallmark/Lifetime movie with some HGTV thrown in for good measure! It was fun seeing Amber and Josh’s story progress. Amber’s feeling of isolation in the big city and floating through life seem very relatable in early adulthood. The other characters in the village were sweet and truly added to the story. It did take me a couple of chapters to get drawn in but it was worth it! This book would pair well with a hot drink, fireplace and cozy chair.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Tonge

    With her tail between her legs, Amber returns to England from New York, her self-esteem at an all-time low. This isn't helped when she finds herself stuck in the village of Cranbridge for one month, with the task of revitalising the little village store with aloof childhood friend Josh. What a come-down from her job at Saks. This is such a charming, quintessentially English read. I absolutely loved it! Amber is the kind of woman you'd want to be your best friend - loyal, supportive, generous and With her tail between her legs, Amber returns to England from New York, her self-esteem at an all-time low. This isn't helped when she finds herself stuck in the village of Cranbridge for one month, with the task of revitalising the little village store with aloof childhood friend Josh. What a come-down from her job at Saks. This is such a charming, quintessentially English read. I absolutely loved it! Amber is the kind of woman you'd want to be your best friend - loyal, supportive, generous and kind. I felt invested in her journey from the first page. And Josh is rather gorgeous and his unfortunate circumstances pulled at the heartstrings. This wonderful story felt like a hug every time I dived into it. Warm, romantic and beautifully written.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Gafford

    4.5 stars. I wanted a sweet, easy read and this was the perfect choice. The fact that it is set in an idyllic English village and involved renovation and organization made it all the better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ellis

    Loved this cosy book

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dinesh Ravichandran

    Loved the characters, beautiful story set in Riverside lane!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Baker

    Such a lovely feel good book! I loved the community feel of this story, and was enthralled and entertained by the characters and their relationship.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cherye Elliott

    Bring Prozac Ugh. One oh the most depressing books I have read. The whole book showcased their horrible existence of living their miserable lives. So people teased you when you were younger. Twenty years later and you are still whining about it? Jason's tales of woe weren't too bad...I lied. His were justified but geez. He left a job he loved to take care of his Mom who had cancer which coincided with his Father's death. But the book drug my positivity downward and I was as miserable as they were Bring Prozac Ugh. One oh the most depressing books I have read. The whole book showcased their horrible existence of living their miserable lives. So people teased you when you were younger. Twenty years later and you are still whining about it? Jason's tales of woe weren't too bad...I lied. His were justified but geez. He left a job he loved to take care of his Mom who had cancer which coincided with his Father's death. But the book drug my positivity downward and I was as miserable as they were. Things turned out in the end but I was thinking where is MY happily ever after. I will tell you. I lost it in this book. THAT is my opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I wanted to love this book, I really did but I found it very slow paced and I didn't really get into it until I was halfway through. I found the story quite predictable however although I knew the main characters would end up together I didn't really feel the connection growing between them. I did like that the story was about the main male character as much as the female, if not more seeing it took place in his town. I also thought the ending was cute - full circle back to the beginning. I wanted to love this book, I really did but I found it very slow paced and I didn't really get into it until I was halfway through. I found the story quite predictable however although I knew the main characters would end up together I didn't really feel the connection growing between them. I did like that the story was about the main male character as much as the female, if not more seeing it took place in his town. I also thought the ending was cute - full circle back to the beginning.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Johana Hernandez

    3.5, I love small town romances, but this one lacked a whole lot of romance. I did love the village though!

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