The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
Published: 19th February 2018
Source: NetGalley, thank you to them and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my review
There’s blossom in the trees and daffodils as far as the eye can see. Maddie is looking forward to a fresh start in the countryside, but there’s just one little problem…
Following a scandal at her high-flying PR agency, twenty-six-year-old Maddie flees London to help promote what she thinks is going to be a luxurious holiday retreat in the countryside. Everything is riding on her making a success of this new job…
Yet when she arrives, Maddie is horrified to find a rundown old farm in a terrible state. The brooding and secretive owner, Seth, spent all his money on leasing the land when he fell in love with the beautiful, dishevelled farm cottages and the very romantic story behind them.
When Maddie discovers an old painting by the original owner’s wife, she unlocks the secret of the farm’s history and quickly realises she must start getting her hands dirty if this very special place is going to have any chance of survival. As she and Seth begin working together, the stunning view from the top of the hill is not the only thing that’s leaving her breathless…
After weeks of hard work the dream looks like it might become a reality, until a secret from Maddie’s past threatens to snatch it all away again.
Can Maddie find a way to save the business and herself? Will she finally find a place to keep her heart within the crumbling walls of the little cottage on the hill?
There’s a quote from the book that describes this book perfectly, that quote is:
“It gets under your skin this place, doesn’t it? Draws you in, wraps its gentle arms around you and then refuses to let go.”
When I read that, I knew that it’s exactly how I would describe this book.
Emma Davies is a queen of light-hearted reads. I have loved all of her books that I have read so far, and I think that I will always enjoy them.
Maddie is feisty character from the start, she may have got to Joy’s Acre under a dark cloud but she doesn’t let that get in the way of what she’s employed to do. I liked her, and I really hope that we get more from her.
Seth isn’t as grumpy as he makes out to be. I found him funny, witty, and a little charming. With his secrets, he’s a great character. The chemistry between him and Maddie is electric, and it works extremely well. Even when they argue.
The characters that appear throughout the book, especially Clara and Trixie are promising characters. I’d like to see more about them maybe as we didn’t really get to know them in the way we got to know Seth and Maddie.
Written well, we are instantly thrown in with the characters. You get their feelings, their anxieties, everything instantly and I love how Emma Davies does that. The development of the book has left plenty of room for a follow up, I’m intrigued to see if they get Joy’s Acre up and running and the success that it promises to be.
I give this book a 4/5. I liked Maddie, Seth, the setting, and the storyline.