Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review - Escape to the Cotswolds by Natalie Kleinman

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Review by Suze

Holly's husband has cheated on her again and this time Holly decides she wants a divorce. She leaves London and buys a cottage in the Cotswolds. There she sets up her artistic business where she gives lessons, which she combines with a small gallery. She's a painter and her art is being appreciated by many. Holly hopes she can make a living by selling it, this would be a dream come true.

Holly has no interest in men after her messy divorce. However, local vet Adam does make her heart beat faster every time she sees him. They're just friends and Holly keeps telling herself she doesn't want a relationship, but is this really true? Instead she gets a cute little puppy and makes a lot of friends. She's feeling at home in her new surroundings, but something is missing. Will Holly eventually be ready to say goodbye to the loneliness and give love a chance again?

Escape to the Cotswolds is a lighthearted and cheerful story. Holly is a kindhearted woman with plenty of talent. She makes friends easily, is quite stubborn and she's wonderfully artistic. I immediately liked her very much. Adam loves animals and he can be a unkind to people who don't feel the same way. He's lovely though once someone gets to know him and he's gentle and capable. I liked his reassuring personality and the safety he exudes, while he's gorgeous and dreamy at the same time. Adam and Holly are a perfect match, but they're both afraid to take that first step, they're endearing and I loved reading about their, sometimes uncomfortable, meetings.

Natalie Kleinman has written a cozy summer story. Escape to the Cotswolds is fast-paced, it's mostly breezy and there aren't any deep emotional scenes, it's a fun relaxing read. The writing style is upbeat, the story is charming without many highs and lows. It has a great pleasant atmosphere and the ending is wonderfully romantic. I liked this sweet story a lot. Escape to the Cotswolds is a fabulous feelgood book.

Advice

If you're looking for a lighthearted cheerful read Escape to the Cotswold would be a great choice.

17 comments:

  1. I love stories (especially romantic ones) set in the English countryside.

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  2. It's a favourite of mine, Jane. I visit as often as I can

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  3. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

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  4. such a good read for summer it seems, definitively on my list. thank you for the discovery

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  5. How rude of me. I didn't say thank you, Suze. And for such a lovely review as well. So...thank you, thank you, thank you

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  6. I've always wanted to see the Cotswolds--looks fun!

    --Trix

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    1. I dream of moving there one day, Trix. Meantime I just have to live through my characters - and visit as often as I can. So many beautiful places I wouldn't even know where to recommend first. Still masses for me to discover myself

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  7. Thanks for the review. The Cotswolds has such appeal. I'd love to visit one day. I enjoy lighthearted stories and I'm due for one.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Every now and then I need something light and fun to read. This would be the perfect book for reading by the pool. Such a whimsical cover:)

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  9. Oh, I'm so rooting for Holly's happiness.

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  10. This book sounds really good! I love sweet stories, especially if they have beautiful and romantic endings. Also the characters sound amazing! I paint so I love reading about artistic characters. Great review!

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  11. This book sounds like the perfect summer read.

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  12. This is a story I will most enjoy reading. Beautiful cover.

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  13. I'd love to read about the Cotswolds!

    --Trix

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