18 August 2022
Love in the Lakes #1
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book
and to Katrina Power PR for the invitation to the blog tour
Welcome to Halesmere House, where romance might be just around the corner…
After years of living in the past, Ella is ready to start building a future. The perfect opportunity presents itself when she is offered a short-term role at Halesmere House in the Lake District, and tasked with kick-starting its artists' residence. She can't wait to start and explore a new career in an inspiring location.
But when Ella arrives at Halesmere, she wonders if she’s made a huge mistake after she clashes with Max, the new owner. Max has his own reasons to be unsettled by her presence, but despite his misgivings it seems everyone else loves having Ella around. As a single dad, it’s his children’s attachment to her that bothers him most. Who will pick up the pieces when Ella leaves?
What Max doesn’t know is that Ella is falling for more than just the Lake District and the community around her. Can her temporary job lead to a permanent happy ending?
🎄 My Review...
Ella Grant’s arrival at Halesmere House in the Lake District is initially met with a bleak welcome from home owner, Max who resents Ella’s arrival to help with his new business venture and look after his children. For Ella it’s a chance to make a new start, and by leaving behind the sadness of her past she hopes to make a new start but first she has to win Max’s approval.
The charm of the Lake District helps to create a perfect setting for this lovely warm-hearted story which gives us the most delightful characters. I loved getting to know Ella, she’s such a strong person and determined to make the best of everything. Meanwhile, Max’s frosty nature is slowly thawed by this lovely young woman who brings such a breath of fresh air to the occupants of Halesmere House. There’s a lovely will they, won’t they feeling which runs like a thread throughout the story but with one or two hiccups along the way which makes getting to know Max and Ella all the more delightful.
The author writes with a light and easy touch and infuses a real sense of warmth into the story so that you can’t help but fall in love with both the place and the people. I especially enjoyed getting to know the peripheral characters who add such charm especially Max’s artist mother Noelle, Stan, the handyman, and of course Max’s delightful children, Lily and Arlo. And it was good to see Halesmere House with its own moment in the spotlight especially when the house comes gloriously alive when it’s decorated for Christmas. Setting the story in the Lake District adds a nice touch and Cumbria with it’s beautiful scenery, amazing food and enterprising artisans comes so wonderfully to life that I was especially sorry to say goodbye to everyone when the story ended.
Snowfall Over Halesmere House is a gentle, festive read and a perfect stress buster for the weeks leading up to Christmas when you just need to escape the world for a few hours.
☕Best read with...a slice of coffee cake and a strong Americano
About the Author
Suzanne Snow writes contemporary and uplifting fiction, with a vibrant sense of setting and community connecting the lives of her characters. A horticulturist who lives with her family in Lancashire, her books are inspired by a love of landscape, romance and rural life.
The Cottage of New Beginnings, Suzanne’s first novel in the popular Thorndale series, was a contender for the 2021 RNA Joan Hessayon Award, and she is currently writing the Love in the Lakes series for Canelo. Snowfall Over Halesmere House is her fifth novel.
Suzanne is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.
Twitter @SnowProse #SnowfallOverHalesmereHouse