Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow
Grace Power is married to Cole, a violent waste of space, and living in a miserable flat in Devon. They have three young sons together – Freddie, Joey and Billy. One night, after being hit again, Grace throws Cole out. So when she hears she has inherited Heartcross Castle in Scotland after her grandfather has died, she realises they have to move there to get away from Cole and make a new start.
Grace had originally left her home in the Scottish Highlands at the age of sixteen, after an argument with her grandfather and hasn’t returned since. She has no idea if she will be welcomed back by her old friends – Isla, Felicity and Allie – or how things will be for her, but she has to give it a try for the sake of her sons.
Moving into the castle, she meets celebrity chef Andrew Glossop who rents the servants’ quarters. She can’t help noticing he is both rich and gorgeous, though obviously way out of her league.
Grace is a brilliant character and I liked her straight away and wanted to keep reading, to find out how her story developed. The three boys are beautifully written too and I loved how their relationships with their mum and each other are described.
Living in a castle is a great idea for a story and another reason to pick up the book. I enjoyed seeing the castle through the characters’ eyes and wondering how they were going to make it their home.
Grace’s friends are also lovely and I enjoyed the camaraderie between them.
The book is a real feel-good, heart-warming story which will make you smile whilst reading it and afterwards.
Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what
A second chance…
When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?
And a forever home
Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.
Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?
Author Bio – Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
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