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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Review - Willow Cottage Part One: Sunshine & Secrets by Bella Osborne

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Review by Suze
Beth needs a fresh start and she wants to be far away from London. Together with her son Leo she moves to a small Cotswolds village where she has bought a house. Willow Cottage looked romantic in the pictures, but it's more dilapidated than Beth expected. Her neighbor Jack knows how to renovate houses and he helps her with the work. A small country village isn't what she's used to at all and Beth sometimes doubt if she's made the right decision. Will she feel at home in her new place and will she be able to get over her past?

Carly lives in London and isn't completely happy with her boyfriend. She works as a sign language translator and her boyfriend is deaf. He doesn't have a regular nine to five job and spends most of his time in his pyjamas. She isn't as content as she was at the beginning of their relationship because she is ready for the next step and keeps hoping he will make a romantic gesture, when this doesn't happen she gets frustrated. She's wants him to propose, but is that ever going to happen?
Sunshine and Secrets is the first part of the Willow Cottage series. I immediately fell in love with the romantic setting. The cottage might be in a terrible state, but it definitely has potential and I can't wait to see what Beth will do with it. Jack is grumpy at first, but once she gets to know him Beth finds out he's actually really nice. I loved Leo, he's such an adorable little boy. Beth is a sweetheart and she's strong and resilient. Carly isn't happy with the fact she isn't engaged yet. She keeps having false hope and when time after time her boyfriend disappoints her she needs her best friend Beth more than ever. I enjoyed reading about their friendship and couldn't wait for them to see each other again. The story ends with a fantastic cliffhanger that has made me extremely curious.

The main characters of the Willow Cottage story are all intriguing. Bella Osborne alternates between Beth and her best friend Carly, who she left behind in London, so there's also enough information about the life Beth used to lead and the problems she's facing. That gives the story some extra depth, which I liked a lot. I look forward to finding out what will happen when Beth's past and present will come together.

Bella Osborne is great at creating cozy atmospheres. Her stories are always warm and welcoming and I love her easy flowing writing style. When I'm reading her stories I stop paying attention to what's happening around me until I've read the last sentence. I read this story in one sitting and am anxious to read more. I love Willow Cottage, it's the perfect setting for a beautiful romantic story and this series shows a lot of promise.


  1. I really like the sound of this book. I read a book by the author last year and enjoyed her style