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