Hello lovely readers I hope you are doing well as you can wherever you are. A bit of a break from #christmasreads with today’s review which is part of the Blog Tour organised by Chick Lit Central. The title is Aunt Ivy’s Cottage by Kristin Harper, a new to me author.
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Title – Aunt Ivy’s Cottage
Author – Kristin Harper
Publisher – Bookouture
Clearing out the attic, Zoey opens the carved trunk and smiles as she picks up the small, leather-bound diary hiding inside. Curious, she leafs through the pages, and realises this will change everything…
All Zoey’s happiest childhood memories are of her great-aunt Ivy’s rickety cottage on Dune Island, snuggling up with hot chocolate and hearing Ivy’s stories about being married to a sea captain. Now, heartbroken from a breakup, Zoey escapes back to the island, but is shocked to find her elderly aunt’s spark fading. Worse, her cousin—next in line to inherit the house—is pushing Ivy to move into a nursing home.
With the family clashing over what’s best for Ivy, Zoey is surprised when Nick, a local carpenter and Ivy’s neighbor, takes her side. As Zoey finds comfort in his sea-blue eyes and warm laugh, the two grow close. Together, they make a discovery in the attic that links the family to the mysterious and reclusive local lighthouse keeper…
Now Zoey has a heartbreaking choice to make. Nick’s urging her to share the discovery, which could keep Ivy in the house she’s loved her whole life… but when Zoey learns that Nick and her cousin go way back, she questions if the man she‘s starting to have feelings for really has Ivy’s best interests at heart. Will dredging up this old secret destroy the peace and happiness of Ivy’s final years—and tear this family apart for good?
A stunning and emotional read about old secrets, new love and never forgetting the importance of family. Perfect for fans of Mary Ellen Taylor, Robyn Carr and Mary Alice Monroe.
Aunt Ivy’s Cottage is a family story set in a small island village.
The story is set around Aunty Ivy and her great nieces and nephew. There’s a lot of intrigue and secrets in the story which keep popping up as island rumours every now and then.
Aunt Ivy is closing to 90 years and getting a bit unsettles health wise. When her sister in law falls ill, their her great niece Zoey comes to live with them as they deal with loss and grief.
Mark is the great nephew and a trouble maker who is eager to get his hands on his inheritance. So you see there’s conflict, grief, family drama a plenty as Aunt Ivy’s health worsens. Will Mark be able to be get his hands on the cottage sooner or Zoe keep him at length?
The characters are plenty busy in the story but also balanced enough to have happy family moments and get nostalgic about their past. This mix of intrigue,nostalgia, some romance in Zoe’s life and the cousins constant clashing makes Aunt Ivy’s cottage a very very good read.
A perfect story to read while having a chill, me time.
Ever since she was a young girl, there were few things Kristin Harper liked more than creative writing and spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family. Eventually (after a succession of jobs that bored her to tears), she found a way to combine those two passions by becoming a women’s fiction author whose stories occur in oceanside settings. While Kristin doesn’t live on the Cape year-round, she escapes to the beach whenever she can.
Reviewed by Bee