Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Book Review: The Cottage on Wildflower Lane

By Sara Steven

Esther's life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh. But that’s about to change. Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up. Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls. But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him. Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they...? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

We never really know at times why (or how) people will come into our lives, and The Cottage on Wildflower Lane is further proof that even the most unconventional ways can be the most beneficial! I would have never thought to look at webcams or anything of the sort and having that experience lead to potential love. But it’s what Esther experiences, during a time in her life where love is the furthest thing from her mind, given what happens with her ex.

And what a cold way to drop someone. Too much of a coward to cut ties with Esther, he tells her by phone that he’s moving away to work in a bar in Spain, and that he’s not coming back, and that she’s not invited. Which prompts Esther to try and keep tabs on him through the webcam. Much like the type of person who becomes obsessed with looking up someone’s social media pages until they drive themselves sick, the webcam becomes a bit of an obsession for Esther, up until she discovers another site that falls under an entirely different category. What is this, and is this stalking?

There were a ton of sweet innuendos and near misses in this story, particularly where Esther and the mystery man from the pretty cottage (Kit) are concerned. I really enjoyed the story slowly unfolding, usually from the same vantage point but from an entirely different point of view, whether that be Esther’s or Kit’s. The way it all is laid out was done organically and didn’t feel rushed or totally out of place, either. I could imagine these scenarios happening for someone in the real world. It brought an element of realism to everything.

It appears that both characters here aid in helping one another move on from past hurts in their lives, and while there is the sense of hesitancy, due to trust, it added to that realism in that, we’re all a bit cautious after we’ve had our heart hurt. Along for the ride is the beautiful scenery that is mentioned, particularly that pretty little cottage on Wildflower Lane. When I read scenery like that, it makes me want to physically be part of it. This really was a delightful read!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links:
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Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

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