This is the 5th book in the Heritage Cove series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Hazel is 37 and lives in Heritage View House. She has taken over her parents’ business – the Heritage View Stables – with her brother. She does more paperwork, while Arnold (40) does more of the teaching classes, after Hazel has had a crisis of confidence.
Meanwhile, vet Gus and his daughter Abigail (10) have moved into the Cove and their horse Denby needs a stable, so Gus asks Hazel. There is definitely chemistry between the two, but Hazel has her persistent ex James still hanging around.
I have previously read Helen’s novel The Farmhouse of Second Chances, which I really loved so I was keen to read more of her books and this one was just as good.
I really enjoyed the community feel of this book – Heritage Cove feels like somewhere real that you could visit and meet all the characters. There’s a pub, tea rooms, bakery, florists, etc. and it’s easy to picture yourself walking round it all. (I’m off to the bakery, then I’ll see you in the tea rooms for a cuppa!)
I especially enjoyed the horse bits as I used to ride horses (I learnt aged 48). I loved getting to know the different horses. There are ten in the stables including Denby and each one has its own distinct personality.
I liked how Hazel has real problems to overcome and how you can see her previous bad experiences have changed her and dented her confidence. The juxtaposition of her “issues” alongside young Abigail’s “issues” was really well done too; you can see their development and how Hazel finds the young girl inspiring. I felt this was a very positive message.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed the story, loved the setting and the characters and I will be reading more of Helen Rolfe’s work in the future.
Finding Happiness at Heritage View
Welcome back to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship. The perfect place to fall in love…
Running Heritage View Stables is everything Hazel ever dreamed of. She loves working with the horses and managing the business with her brother. But after a terrible incident, she’s not sure whether she’ll ever be able to put things back the way they were.
Gus is ready to start over. He’s moved him and his ten-year-old daughter Abigail to Heritage Cove, where he’s opening his own vet practice. Everything is falling into place, especially as he watches Abigail start to come out of her shell for the first time since the accident.
Neither Hazel nor Gus is looking for love, but could they each be what the other needs? And is happiness even a possibility when their pasts won’t let them go?
Join new friends and old, as summer comes to Heritage Cove.
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Helen Rolfe is the author of many bestselling contemporary women’s fiction titles, set in different locations from the Cotswolds to New York. Most recently published by Orion, she is bringing sixteen titles to Boldwood – a mixture of new series and well-established backlist. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children.
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