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JULIE HOUSTON

 

Coming Home to Holly Close Farm (2019)

 

Charlie never thought she would find herself living again with her parents and her sister in their small town in Yorkshire. But when she discovers her boyfriend and boss is actually married and has children, she finds herself single, without a job and without a roof over her head. While she tries to figure out what to do with her life, Charlie accepts her great-grandmother’s proposal to supervise the renovations of Holly Close Farm, the farmhouse nobody in her family knew existed.
This is a beautiful story about true love, family, social class, and secrets. I loved the characters who made me laugh but also created many emotional moments. Beautifully written and with an engrossing, moving and romantic plot, this novel will make you shed a few tears but it’s worth it! (NP) 8/10


 

Goodness Grace and Me (2014)

 

When Harriet's husband, Nick, packs in his reliable job and embarks on a risky venture with a new business partner, she's distraught. Even more so when she discovers that said business partner is married to her old enemy, the charming and beautiful Amanda Goodners.
When Amanda is sent out to Italy to work alongside Nick, Harriet is left struggling to cope with the household bills, her children and her mother-in-law, as well as the suspicion that Nick and Amanda are having an affair. With Harriet's best friend Grace beginning a relationship with Amanda's only son, and Harriet herself getting an unexpected surprise, will it all be too much for her to bear?
This was a bit of a slow burner for me but as the plot developed it became a very entertaining read. There were enough unanticipated plot twists to keep me interested, and I was happy with the ending. A very promising debut. (LO) 7/10

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