Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Pond Lane by Emily Harvale.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happy endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.
Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.
Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.
Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.
Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.
And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.
The author really does deliver what’s in the title. It really is a story full of trials and tribulations. Little Pondale is a lot like Midsomer Murders in a sense that everything seems to happen there and no matter which way you turn there is always a new quirky character to enjoy.
Unfortunately this is the last in the Lily Pond Lane series and I would recommend reading the rest, however they absolutely can all be read as standalone novels.
I especially enjoyed Aurelia. Her caustic and abrupt way of dealing with people and situations is only the first layer of a very complex multi-layered onion. There is so much more behind the off-putting exterior and attitude. A history soaked in suspicion, doubt and murder.
I suppose in a strange little way Aurelia teaches those around her to be more mindful of being swept up by general opinion and carried by the sound of voices wanting a specific outcome. It’s fine to be imperfect you, even with all your flaws and worries.
Harvale writes with a tongue-in-cheek humour and has an eye for keeping her readers captivated with emotional plots and relatable characters.
It’s an amusing contemporary read. It encompasses a range of situations and emotions, as the reader wanders from one life to another. It’s a bit like looking in on old friends and making sure they are doing okay. You want to listen to all their problems and ensure everything is put right before you leave again.
Buy Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing; pub date 24 Jun. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.
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