Finally, my second novel is here. It’s up for pre-order now.
Kate and Nick should never have fallen in love.
Three years ago, Kate Penrose lost her husband in a tragic accident on their honeymoon. Now, she’s trying to piece her life back together, focus on her career as a teacher and avoid any future heartbreak.
Nick Harding is a successful criminal defence lawyer. He was invincible, that is, until he can’t acquit the leader of the Warlocks motorcycle gang on violent offences. The gang aren’t happy. Nick is no longer bulletproof as the Warlocks seek revenge. Above all else, Nick must keep his thirteen-year-old daughter safe.
As Kate and Nick fall for each other, the gang’s escalating threats place their lives in danger.
Kate has to decide if loving Nick is worth the risk.
I hope you love Kate and Nick as much as I do.
I read a lot of books and I enjoy pretty much all of them. It’s rare, though, to discover one that moves you so much, you find yourself gazing off into the distance, holding it in your hands and dreaming of the characters within. It’s no secret I love Kate Morton’s books and I think Hannah Richell has many similar elements to Kate’s stories. I’ve found a new favourite author to add to my growing list!
I want to pull out all the superlatives with this one – captivating, compelling, stunning. But why did I like it so much? It starts with the dazzling cover with muted colours and the imagery of the peacocks that are abundant throughout the novel. You know something special is contained inside. It is a story set in a crumbling old manor house in rural England that holds many secrets. The two main characters are 86 year old, Lillian, grandmother to 26 year old Maggie, both flawed and lovable but more than that, they gain our empathy. As Lillian’s health fails, Maggie returns to Cloudesley, the manor house. Maggie is trying to fix her life, whilst Lillian is trying to reconcile the one she’s lived. They come together over one summer but it’s the secrets of one summer decades ago that we learn of through the story and that changed their lives forever. Cloudesley is a character of its own and Richell plants us there so beautifully, we can picture ourselves walking the long and narrow hallways of the house, or ascending its grand staircase, roaming the gardens and through the woods. But for Lillian, not everything is as it seems and we learn of her lifestyle and the choices she’s had to make. For both characters there’s forbidden and unrequited love. Richell beautifully drip-feeds the past into the present and provides a few twists and turns along the way.
This book is truly moving and special and I adored it. I loved Maggie and Lillian and loved the English countryside setting. I was completely captivated by the enduring love both women experience. It’s always about the romance for me and here, it’s in abundance.
I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read Hannah Richell’s two previous novels. I situation that I intend to rectify immediately. You will love this one if you are a fan of old houses, family secrets, loss, love and beautiful writing. I highly recommend it.
Title: Unexpected DeliveryAuthor: Leanne Lovegrove
Published: May 20th 2018
Publisher: Leanne Lovegrove
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Australian, Rural, Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
Life can be unexpected…
Lawyer, Vivienne Greene is pulled from her comfortable office job to a temporary position in the country performing property foreclosures. Vivienne knows she’s in trouble when her first day goes horribly wrong and she’s dragged into delivering a calf by handsome dairy farmer, Daniel Beckett.
Single father, Daniel Beckett has adopted radical, robotic milking and he’s unimpressed by the city girl who tries to take his farm away. At the same time, the attraction to her is immediate.
Will Vivienne let love win and risk her job and succumb to the handsome dairy farmer?
Can Daniel forgive Vivienne for trying to take his livelihood away?
A brand new talent has emerged on the country based rural fiction scene and I’m…
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