Wednesday 9 October 2019

Book Review: The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin

Last Updated: 20 September 2021

The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin book cover

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an advert offering homes in a picturesque village in the grounds of a majestic castle on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow applies for a cottage and packs up her life for the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives she finds a crumbling ruin and ramshackle cottages, nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the incredibly handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington…

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Can Willow risk her heart again? And will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late?

Sweetly romantic, The Little Village of Happiness is the perfect lighthearted read to bring back fond memories of hazy summer days spent falling in love.

The story follows Willow, a main character who is so unfalteringly optimistic that her happiness and love for life simply oozes out of the pages of the book. It's a quick, fun read, but one that is bound to be a perfect pick-me-up if you're having a bad day!

The romance and love interest are clear from the very start, but somehow, this lack of suspense doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. After all, this is a book that you read to escape the burden of everyday life for a little while; a book designed to spirit you away to a brighter place where the sun is always shining!

The Little Village of Happiness is set in Cornwall and it's all too easy to picture the beautiful little village of Happiness set against the backdrop of bright blue skies and breath-taking coastal scenery. As you read the book, you can almost hear the cries of seagulls wheeling overhead and taste the tang of salt in the sea air! This story is anchored very firmly in its setting, and this commitment to portraying such a beautiful part of the British coastline is admirable.

All in all, The Little Village of Happiness is a wonderful, romantic read, ideal for bringing back memories of warm summer days as the nights start to draw in!

Rating: 4 stars

The Little Village of Happiness is available to buy now.

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