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Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Return to the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale with the latest book in the bestselling Glendale series – a lovely uplifting, romantic read.

 

My review

This is an enjoyable romance, and it’s nice to use that term when our main characters are a couple already in a steady relationship, with little Harry as proof to that! Perhaps it’s more of a journey novel though, since Heather has made both a physical and a mental journey in leaving her old life behind when she moved up to the Highlands. She still has a little further to go: I have to confess to finding her clinging to her view that she can’t get married because her mum isn’t there to see it just a teeny bit irritating. Fortunately her partner has the patience of a saint, and events are conspiring to force her to make some important decisions.

The portrayal of life on a farm is wonderful and very realistic. Living on a farm myself, I know all too well that evenings can find you utterly exhausted. But it’s a rewarding and interesting way of life, and that came over well in the story.

Christmas tends to bring things, good and bad, to a head and that’s the case here. Heather gets a reality check, which, imho, she sorely needs, and fortunately it brings out the best in her. The festive background is beautifully portrayed, and had me thinking wistfully of the Christmas decorations in the loft and starting to think about how soon I can get them out without appearing too batty!

This novel is an entertaining continuation of the Glendale series, and it’s interesting to see a different view of previous main characters. Heather and Rory are obviously developed the most, but other familiar faces evolve a little too.

All in all, festive and touching.

 

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Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.