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"Starting over at Acorn Cottage" by Kate Forster has a little bit of everything; drama, despair, baking, renovations, love and a touch a magic.
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.
I made the mistake of judging this book by it’s cover. I was looking for lightweight escapism in a cosy, country setting but I got so much 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 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.
Reading Kate Forster’s Starting Over at Acorn Cottage is like drinking a cup of tea with a good friend. The story, making good on its title, opens with Clara leaving a cheating boyfriend to start a new life in the country. As she makes new friends and meets a new love interest – grieving widower, Henry – it becomes apparent that she is weighed down by a heavy secret. The plot is as much about guilt and forgiveness as it is a love story. 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 book was just beautiful, I believe people come in and out of your life for a reason and this book puts that all into perspective, I loved the characters, makes you think about life in general and how the right people at the right time can make a major difference in someone's life. Amazing and Congrats on a well written and heart felt book. Deserves more than 5 🌟s
What a wonderful author and excellent storyline. I enjoyed every minute of this book and loved the quirky characters. Sometimes a person comes into your life that just 'gets you' and it makes all the difference to your outlook. Brilliant !
Starting Over at Acorn Cottage is the perfect book to immerse yourself in during these turbulent times. Despite containing serious themes, the book manages to maintain a light and engaging tone, while still exploring the darker content with care. Kate is a talented author, and her descriptive style will make you yearn for a thatched English cottage of your own.
This is a true feel good romance with a touch of mystery! I loved all the characters especially Tassie, everyone needs a Tassie in their lives! Some grammar errors but this will be improved with someone to proof read before release but I absolutely loved reading this story 😊