Penrose House, Crawley Drive, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AB
£7.99 ebook $5.99
Rating: 5 Cups
Tess is an illustrator for children's books and cards. She is starting over after a disastrous relationship. Her fiancé cancelled the wedding two days before and her unplanned pregnancy ended in a miscarriage that almost killed her. The village of Middledip is a good place for a new beginning.
Ratty is a restorer of classic cars, a well off landlord, and the owner of MAR Motors. He is handsome in a piratical sort of way and a definite ladies man with no plans to settle down.
Tess is making a new start in Middledip. Honeybun Cottage is homey and perfect for her. She slowly makes friends and a place for herself in the village. She is particularly attracted to Ratty, but the last thing she needs is a man who will dump her for the next pretty face, so they develop a friendship. Ratty has other plans for Tess than a platonic friendship, but Fate has a way of interfering with the best laid plans.
This story will suck you in and hold you from the first to the last page. Ratty and Tess could not be any more different and the author builds and develops their relationship slowly. Tess has not had it easy so far and is wary of men in general. Ratty's reputation definitely puts her off, but he is as wily as his nickname would indicate. Tess is not good at handling difficulties and her reaction to some bad news was a bit annoying. Given the way her own family treats her, though I can see why her reaction is to run away. Her parents seem to totally disregard her feelings and her cousin only thinks of himself. None of them seem to have any sense of loyalty unlike Ratty's family. I loved the character study the author did of life in a small English village. I could picture all of the people and most of the buildings. The plot is well crafted with some unexpected twists and realistic characters. This is a definite must read that I can not recommend highly enough.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More