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Starting Over at Acorn Cottage: a heartwarming and uplifting romance Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B083NZMXH3
- Publisher : Aria (19 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1073 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,719 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Clara's life is a mess. On discovering that her partner has been having an affair with her best friend, she throws caution to the wind, buys a rural property sight unseen, and chucks in her job in to start a life at Acorn Cottage. After a few minor setbacks, Clara forges new friendships with local baker Rachael, retired teacher Tassie, and the handsome handyman, Henry.
The characters are wonderful, flawed, believable and relatable. The plot flows smoothly, making it a hard book to put down. This is more than a simple romance novel, through the tales of three women and their interconnecting lives, it examines coming to terms with past mistakes and wrongs, managing emotions and rebuilding lives.
In the current world climate, it is wonderful to read such an uplifting and enjoyable piece, "Starting over at Acorn Cottage" is a light, engaging and delightful piece of escapism.
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 Merryknowe and learns the hard way that drinking and online real estate purchases don’t mix. She is literally in tears when she sees the place, but then mobile handyman Henry Garnett comes along. He’s a man who can fix anything, including Clara’s broken heart.
As the relationship between Clara and widower Henry develops, Clara becomes more involved in the life of the town. She forms close relationships with abused young woman, Rachel Brown and elderly tea leaf reader, Tassie McIver. Together, the women join forces and overcome their tragic personal histories to build lasting relationships and revive the dying town of Merryknowe.
The overall tone of the novel is light and genuinely funny, but as the backstories of the main characters evolve, it delves into the more serious issues of abuse and domestic violence.
Starting Over at Acorn Cottage is a story of hope, forgiveness and redemption. It shows that no matter how bad things are, it is always possible to start over.
Meanwhile, her new friend, Rachel, suffers abuse from her mother, while working like a slave in their bakery. Turns out, Clara is better at rescuing others than saving herself, and the two women soon bond.
Tassie, an octogenarian with second sight, assists both women to achieve their potential.
Above all, this is a book with heart that feels as though the author is wrapping you in a warm hug.
This is so beautifully written and holds so much love in all the pages.
Thank you for a beautiful book.
Top reviews from other countries
In this case Clara has bought a cottage without actually viewing it and when she arrives is downhearted due to its run down state. She employs Henry to do up the cottage and he stays in his van with his daughter, Pansy, whilst doing this work.
With side stories including Rachel, a downtrodden daughter in her mother's bakery and tearoom, and Tassie, an older woman taken to reading tea leaves. There are dark undertones with domestic abuse, so this isn't an easy read, but the story kept me gripped from the start to the finish, which was very emotional. Highly recommended.
However, I would still recommend this charming story.