Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn’t start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable.
But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family… and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.
Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?
From mean girls, to an uncertain new romance and even a gassy dog. This story has all of the elements to hold your interest.
Ellie Matthews and her daughter Abby moved to Willoughby Close to start their lives over. At first they don't know what to expect, but as they get settled in, life starts taking shape. They find friends in unexpected places when they were about to give up the search. Ellie also fights the growing attraction she has for her new boss, Oliver Venables. Will Ellie let down her guard enough to allow this new romance to happen?
I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked seeing Ellie and Abby get the second chance they deserved. They author did a good job with creating a believable new life for them both. I also enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book. This is a fun series filled with love, drama and laughs.