The Country Escape by Jane Lovering: rich and rewarding

Welcome to the idyllic country retreat of Christmas Steepleton, and let Jane Lovering whisk you away with the most heart-warming, romantic and comforting read of the year.

Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast.

Harvest Cottage has been unloved for many years, so the job of bringing it back to life is a slow and expensive one. So, with funds running low, Katie jumps at the chance when a film company asks to use the cottage as a location.  But even as things are looking up, as harvest time passes and autumn chill starts to bite, the prospect of a cold winter in the country is daunting.

Some light relief comes from new friend Gabriel, so different from Katie’s exuberant but arrogant ex Luc. Will their friendship blossom into something more romantic, or will the reality of a tough country winter send her and Poppy scurrying back to the comforts of town?

Let Jane Lovering spirit you away to the perfect country escape, far away from the bustle of the city.


My review

This is a very enjoyable, heart-warming romcom set by the English coast. But don’t think snug country cottage – Harvest Cottage is anything but, and that’s not the only touch of unconventionality in this book. Many of the characters have a touch of eccentricity, because after all that’s what makes uplifting books like this one so much more entertaining, and there’s also a refreshingly unique hero in the form of Gabriel, who is disabled.

Pretty much everyone we meet is overcoming or dealing with some sort of baggage, but this isn’t an issue-laden book. It’s reflective of real life where no one’s path is completely smooth, and we all trip and fall from time to time and make mistakes. It’s all wonderfully real and human.

There’s a lot of energy in the book, not just from the strong characters but from the plot and action. Lots is going on, and at quite a pace too.

And there’s layering, suggested by the title A Country Escape. What exactly is the escape from? And to what? And who are the escapees? Rather more than simply urban living, that’s for sure.

A rich and rewarding read.


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Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.

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