#BookReview of Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources @HarperImpulse #LoveHeartLane #NetGalley

Posted January 29, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources @HarperImpulse #LoveHeartLane #NetGalley

Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow
Series: Love Heart Lane #1
Published by HarperImpulse on January 11 2019
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
Also by this author: Foxglove Farm

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

Make sure you check out the other fabulous bloggers who are sharing their reviews today. The lovely Stacy over at StacyisReading and Finitha over at Know Your Books, her blog is so cute. Be sure to check them both out as we all welcome Christie Barlow to our blogs.

My Review

Right off the bat, I knew this would be a new series I would fall in love with, not just the characters but the community would warm my heart on the cold nights.

Felicity aka Flick, left HeartCross under a huge black cloud 8 years ago, only returning because her nan Bonnie has passed. How will the community receive her? When she left, she left Fergus behind, the broody hero of the story and boy does he have the right to be broody.

Despite loving all the characters especially the cute Esme, Flicks behaviour did sometimes rile me. She is very head-strong, which is a great trait, but she would do things without thinking of a certain person feeling, ignoring the advice of other people and pushing at it. It did annoy me, but then I reflected and thought to be fair I would do the same and then I annoyed myself. I mean how far would you go to get your Fergus back? Let’s face most of us has a Fergus in our lives I know I do.

In spite of that quality, Flick is the only person I would have chosen to be the ambassador for the village when they lose their bridge, the only connection to the world. She gets the community geared up as they all support each other as they battle the snow and the other horrid elements. She is the epitome of community life, now that she’s back from the glamour and glitz.

The story is now just about the villagers and their plight, but the village itself. Bonnie’s teashop, Hamish shop, Allie and her parents and the pub and Rory and the vet, they are all prominent, they have a lease of their own. They are where the community meet, there is a lot of laughter and love and a lot of smiling.

So I have been a bit emotional lately and not going to lie when I was reading this a few watery eye moments happened. I felt for Flick and her heartache and break, her loss of leaving the place and people she loved the most, Fergus dealing with Esme and a potential new threat, Isla and her babies and family being snowed in at the most inopportune time and Allie allowing her heart to thaw and accept her best friend back in the fold.

I do love reading books when the character changes their entire life, a thing I could only dream of, so l live vicariously through them, Flick and her teashop. If it was that simple I would do it! The book made me smile and I can not wait for the next story to get stuck in and meet up with old friends.

This is my first book by Ms Barlow and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long! The writing flows so easily, and you get caught up in the moment, the words and I couldn’t put it down. I want to jump back into her past books and get caught Up in her writing. I read Love Heart Lane in one evening, I burned the midnight oil, I couldn’t rest until I knew everyone would be ok…I mean who else worries that the characters in a book won’t be ok? Just me??

Until next time xxx

So if you don’t believe me check out some of the reviews from the bloggerverse

Rae Reads Books Blog says

There is a brilliant mix of characters who all bring something to the story. Let’s just say by the end of the book I had got quite attached to all of them so you can guess how happy I was to discover that this book is part of a new series. There were the possibilities of second chances, new beginnings and a lovely dose of hope!

Being Anne says

The writing is excellent – the dialogue is particularly well done, always realistic and moving the story forward. I liked the focus on social media too – its downsides, but also its power for good – and it turned what could have been a timeless story into one with a refreshingly contemporary edge. The pacing is perfect too – a few steps forward, a setback, then a few more careful steps – and it was a book I raced through and thoroughly enjoyed.

By the letter book reviews says

Love Heart Lane is a heart warming and all consuming read that I couldn’t get enough of. I read it in one day as I was desperate to see if Flick gets her happy ending. The good thing of course about this book, is that of course, there’s more to come! I can’t wait to be back in Heartcross again! A truly fabulous novel.

Nemesis Book blog says

This is a truly beautiful story of friendship, love, heartache, and community. I was hooked from page 1 and I just kept pressing my kindle to turn the pages! Yes I think I burned some midnight oil reading this. I’d highly recommend it, go and get it now!!

A Knight Reads says

I was an emotional wreck by the end! I don’t know how she does it but Barlow manages to press all the right buttons to make my heart tighten for her lead characters. This book is packed with emotion but also there is suspense to keep you wondering.  I am so looking forward to being reunited with the community in Foxglove Farm later this year.

These are only some of the reviews!! I could have sat here and did an entire post of just reviews.

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

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