Vet Molly has always been career driven and focussed on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.
Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly’s amazing one-night stand. It’s so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a relative newcomer to the Love Heart Lane series, I thoroughly enjoyed the last instalment, so I was delighted to be invited to review Primrose Park.
This is a love story which comes at the reader from a slightly different angle. Our protagonist, Molly, is a vet who, although out of character, thoroughly enjoys a one-night stand, only to be ghosted the next morning. With only a first name and a vague idea of what he does for a living, Molly has no chance of tracking him down. She’s sure that she hadn’t imagined the connection that they felt, but there’s no explanation for his disappearance.
Throwing herself back into her everyday life, Molly fosters a spoiled Jack Russell and embarks on training her. The dog, Darling, has been left homeless when her owner was suddenly admitted to a nursing home. What Molly could never have imagined is that Darling would lead her to discovering her mystery man’s identity and, maybe even save her life.
This is a delightful story and I simply loved it. So much so, that I finished it in one sitting. We briefly visit some of the former characters of Love Heart Lane, but there is a wealth of newcomers who are great additions to this lovely community.
Without a doubt, I have no desire to ever meet Albie and Birdie, two more callous sorts would be hard to find! However, it’s impossible not to fall a little in love with Dixie, a delightful, feisty octogenarian with no plans to retire into the background.
I really enjoyed the way that Christie Barlow brought this book to life, each character added a fine layer to the story which was a joy to read. The romance is there, albeit in a retrospective order, but easily engaging and more than satisfactory.
If this is your most recent visit to Heartcross or your very first trip, you are certainly in for a treat.
Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
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