What they say: As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.
Home is where the heart is…
Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…
Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?
Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?
An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.
The Review: I have to admit I read the reviews of this before I started to write, as curiosity got the better of me. They were as expected, this book seems to be the most anticipated in the bloggers’ circle of this year and nobody seemed disappointed! Nor was I. Rebecca Pugh is possibly the one of the friendliest, most helpful people I’ve ever come across in the book world. Her blog has a huge following and its pretty pastel exterior and intricately woven threads of review easily belay how talented she is.
And so I started with some excitement, launching myself into this beautiful book, a book of vivid descriptions that gave it so much life, wonder and enchantment. We meet Jessica McAdams as she returns to the house she grew up in, Bluebell House. On the train journey she is pensive, trying to make sense of her emotions, and lack thereof, and meets the lovely Reuben. The meeting and its repercussions, were gold! Good-looking, outgoing, funny – Reuben had it all from the get-go. He was nice, warm, he was charming, but not smug … I loved him! In fact, it was very fitting that he was the gardener as the romantic parts of the story were so lovely and melded nicely with the beautiful gardens of Bluebell house, gardens maintained by Reuben himself.
This leads me to the descriptions in this book, the scenic ones which were simply breath-taking ‘The traditional bluebells of the village worked their magic and transformed the hill from a dusky green to an enchanting blue,’ coupled with those of the characters, for example Reuben who we were introduced to as a ‘handsome man’ who had a ‘smattering of dark stubble that swept across both sides of his very masculine, very appealing jaw.’ In general, the characters were done very well, I loved her best friend, Sarah, as well as her ex-nanny, Esme, who fussed over her so much and was so lovely. I’m afraid although I liked Jessica from the start I found her bitterness on her parents a little bit over the top and this took away from the story just a smidgen (I wasn’t sure the reason that she had left home and never come back warranted what was essentially her whole adult life absent from her homestead). That being said the secret she subsequently unearthed was definitely big enough to deserve the build up and really shocked.
All in all a great book, that just goes to show a book blogger with Rebecca Pugh’s experience in reading and reviewing is the best person for the job. From gorgeous romance to real characters, beautifully wondrous backdrops to drama; to keeping the everyday parts of the story making you want you keep reading, Ms. Pugh is definitely one who is going to gain some notoriety from writing, and I, for one, cannot wait to see what comes in the future.