'I'm so pleased I chose to read it as it's simply brilliant' Ezhica Denira, NetGalley.
'Held me to the very last page, a great mood lifter' Kim Mooney, NetGalley.
'Absorbing, enjoyable and heart-warming. Books like this are the reason I read and although they are rare they are always worth waiting for' Claire Ross, NetGalley.
'It had enough characters to be interesting, enough red herrings to make the love interest a surprise, enough plot to move the story along and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing' Alison Robinson, NetGalley.
'A lovely village, wonderful friends and family, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested' Gena DeBardelaben, NetGalley.
'So heart-warming and full of heartbreak, starting again, fighting for what is right and romance' Nicola Clough, NetGalley.
'This book is set to become one of my guilty pleasures, perfect to read wrapped in a duvet and drinking hot chocolate' Terrie Knibb, NetGalley.
'A beautifully written story about a village. A village full of lovable, independent, amazing people' Tracy Swartz, NetGalley.
'Simply wow! Amazing' Finitha Jose, NetGalley.
'I thoroughly enjoyed this warm, big-hearted read and would recommend to all' Karen Whittard, NetGalley.
'Loved it. More please' Christine Walker, NetGalley.
Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being 'outed' at a village charity auction - he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.
As if that weren't enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.
But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet...
Julie Houston's novels are funny, wonderfully warm and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Gervaise Phinn, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.