The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant

51jhmP-EHdL._SY346_ Synopsis: The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t? 

When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.

Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I was shocked by this latest offering as it seems like a completely different type of book to the ones Tilly usually writes but I absolutely loved it. I admit in the beginning it seemed a little slow but I realise now there was somewhat of a build up describing The Mill and Lizzie’s new place she was living in. Following the death of her Father Lizzie takes a leap of faith in buying the old mill and has dreams of returning it to it’s former glory. At first it seems Lizzie bumps into and falls for her neighbour Jude and if I am honest I figured this would be a typical love story etc and I would get bored. Well, luckily for me this wasn’t the case and in all honesty Jude was just an addition to the story.

What actually transpires is an emotional journey of not just Lizzie but all the women in her life. The story is centered around her working on the Mill, but in reality we get to explore her journey alongside her sister Gracie, her Mother Gwendolyn and her stepmother Florentina. I ploughed through this book in two sittings and finished it with a feeling that this was a rather refreshing and slightly different book to her usual offerings (not that they are bad, because they most certainly aren’t). I absolutely loved it and although the story came to a nice conclusion I would love to revisit all of these women and see what happens to them further down the road.

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