Title: Sunshine and Secrets
Series: Willow Cottage #1
Author: Bella Osborne
Release Date: July 7th 2016
Genre: Chick Lit
Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a warm, caring home for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
Beth bought a cottage on an auction and was happy to get away from London and her ex boyfriend. The cottage wasn’t actually what she wanted to buy and when she finally saw how it looked in reality, it was even worse. She starts to slowly get to know the people in the village and also renovate the cottage to make it more inhabitable. Right after arriving in the village, she has several awkward encounters with a local named Jack. He seems gruff on the outside, but is actually caring inside. Even though Beth nor Jack is looking for a relationship, there’s this feeling there might be something between them, until Beth’s friend has come to visit and is getting along with Jack friendlier than she should.
The story alternates between Beth and Carly, and I liked the balance between the two characters. Readers get to know both characters well and they rather compliment than disturb each other. I found the village very charming as well as the Willow cottage itself. I really enjoyed the first part and can’t wait to read the next installment, especially after the ending of the first book.