Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver…
Laura Neale is determined to make a fresh start. A year after her husband’s death, she’s still left with too many questions and struggles with feelings of guilt, anger and grief. Hoping to rebuild her family’s life, she moves to Wychwood-on-Lea with her children, Sam and Maggie, all of them struggling in different ways to fit in and find happiness.
The warm community of women in Willoughby Close welcomes Laura with open arms, and, although wary, she finds their friendship helps her to take those crucial and challenging first steps. But then a sudden, intense attraction to her son’s teacher smacks her in the face. James Hill is funny, charming, and incredibly gorgeous—but he’s ten years younger than her and completely unsuitable. Laura’s not ready to start dating again, never mind actually falling in love. But what if her heart has other ideas?
As revelations about everything she once held dear surface, Laura wonders if she’s reckless or maybe just brave enough to try for love a second time. And if she is, can James be as well?
A new start and a new love.
A year after her husband’s death, Laura Neale was looking for a change. So, she packed her house and kids and moved to Wychwood-on-Lea and rents a cottage at Willoughby Close. Starting over wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Laura is now dealing with her teenage daughter Maggie’s rebellion and insecurities. At
least her son, Sam, has adjusted well and with the help of his teacher,
James Hill, Sam is quickly making new friends and even started an
after-school group. When Laura met James, she was instantly attracted to him and they eventually start dating. But is it too soon, and will the kids accept their mother seeing someone new?
As with the other books in this series, I was instantly hooked and excited to see how Laura would start her life over and who she would fall in love with. I liked seeing her start new friendships with the other women in town and even getting back into teaching again. I also enjoyed catching up with the characters of past books. I would recommend reading this series in order because there are spoilers to previous books in each story.