The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane-Trick Or Treat (Book 4) by Emily Harvale

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Length: 140 pages

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What they say:Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust?

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

The Review: Ah, yes! Made it! So here we are into the ultimate, final book (well, there’s a Christmas one but this is the one that ties together all the mysteries, the will they won’t theys, etc), and I have to say I am happy out with the result. As you would expect there were some happy and some not so happy endings, a whole lot of drama and some sad moments (in particular Mattie’s contact with Mia, which made me take a second).

The drama, some of it the good old fashioned ‘get out of the way’ style (read it and you’ll know!) was done expertly, as was the big comeuppance of he/she who deserves it!

I loved this series, it was totally up my street and actually made me think that from now on I’ll definitely binge read book series instead of drifting in and out. Warm, fun, cliched in the best possible way and totally recommended!

Rating: 4.5/5

The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane-Autumn Leaves (Book 3) by Emily Harvale

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Length: 135 pages

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What they say:Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

The Review: Ooh, this was a good un! So, as usual things are happening fast in Little Pondale, with everyone and their mother (literally) falling in love all over the place. I’ll be honest, I have never seen so many people decide they’re in love and ready for marriage and the happy ever after as opposed to simply liking someone or asking them on a date, but I digress. This is most definitely my favourite of the series so far as a fortune teller that seems to be bang on the mark causes absolute chaos by telling most of our characters something that has them thinking, most of them getting it quite wrong!

Mia is once again thrown off as we try to figure out who we can trust (at this stage I’m firmly in the X Files aka ‘Trust no one’ camp). There’s drama aplenty, including some that makes me want to bang people’s heads together (no spoilers here so I’m not telling you who) and also it makes me firmly believe that one person needs to be out of the running for Mia’s affections because they are getting on my last nerve!!

Loads of romance, mystery and I moved straight onto book 4. As always, very much recommended!

Raing: 4.5/5

The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane-Summer Secrets (Book 2) by Emily Harvale

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Length: 140 pages

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What they say: Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

The Review: Yup, I did what I said I was going to and ran straight to book 2 of this great series as we come back to Mia, who is still navigating her way through the mysteries of Little Pondale, including unwanted gifts from someone who obviously doesn’t want her to last the year and claim her inheritance. This was done expertly and I found myself backing away distrustingly from all asunder-thinking ‘hold on a second …’

The romance is upped in this book 2 and I fell into it, deciding almost immediately who I wanted Mia to end up with. Now I will admit there are a lot around vying for her affections, but we were told that there’s a lot of single men there, and Mia’s new, so fine! I flew through the book and enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s definitely something a little different and I’ve just finished book 3 this morning and will have the review of both that and book 4, which I’m reading now, with you in time for Halloween (book 3 is autumnal and book 4 is Halloween-y!)

Rating: 4.5/5

The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane – New Beginnings (Lily Pond Lane Series Part 1) by Emily Harvale

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Length: 164 pages

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What they say: Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part One of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

The Review: From the second Mia Ward stepped  out of her new 4×4 and surveyed her new home, Sunbeam Cottage in Little Pondale, after losing ‘both her job and her boyfriend in rapid succession,’ and ‘feeling about as welcome to the south coast of England as the German Luftwaffe had been in the second world war’ I was quite sure I was all in.

Mia has been left cottage and an inheritance in the will of her great ant Matilda. Matilda has given a stipulation that Mia has to live there for a year before she can receive her due. I really enjoyed this, although I had a few mini issues, the colossal dumping of information and a bit of confusion character-wise- although given that this is the first of the series I’d say it isn’t something that bothered me too much. There were fabulously inviting settings and descriptions and mysteries of delicious proportions and given the amount of bloggers I’ve heard saying they love the series, I look forward to book 2, which is where I’m off to now!

Rating: 4.5/5