The Big Little Festival by Kellie Hailes
Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: July 19th 2017
Join the whole village at The Big Little Festival for the perfect summer day out!
With only weeks until the little Devon village of Rabbit’s Leap holds its first ever festival, Jody McArthur is desperate. She – more than anyone – wants to raise the funds to rebuild the local swimming pool and when she fell pregnant with her twin boys, it was the village who was there to support her. So, to stop disaster in its tracks, she brings in big-shot London events manager Christian Middlemore to make The Big Little Festival the huge success everyone deserves.
But Jody is totally unprepared for the impact reserved-but-gorgeous Christian has on Rabbit’s Leap – and her heart! Except Jody has avoided relationships for so long, and anyway, she’s sure romance between a country-born-and-bred single mum and a career-focused city boy would be impossible – wouldn’t it?
As tensions rise along with the home baked scones and miles and miles of bunting, Jody is about to find out!
The second book set in the picture-perfect Rabbit’s Leap, this little village is where love blooms!
Firstly, thank you to Netgalley, the author and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for my review. Also, thank you for the chance to take part in the Weekend Blitz for it!
A excellent sequel to the first book. I loved finding out more about Jody, her boys, and can only hope the third is about Serena. She’s a character I’d love to know more about, and while there are little hints in this book about her you don’t get a full image of who she is and what she’s doing back in Rabbit’s Leap.
While this can be read as a stand-alone book, I did read the first one before this and I think it helped. You got a little backstory for some of the characters in that one that you didn’t really get in this one, it sort of skims over everyone. The involvement of characters from the previous book make this one feel like your coming to have a catch up with some old friends.
While the romance in the first book was intense and full on, the romance between Jody and Christian was simmering, hopeful, strong and just plain old nice. It was a change that Christian took to her children, and wanted to care for them. Jody is a strong character, she knows what she wants and she knows that her boys come first. Until Christian comes along anyway. Christian is a bit of a hit and miss character for me. One one hand he’s the perfect gent, on the other hand he’s bit of a wimp. One page I loved him, the next I didn’t really like him.
The writing style was quick and easy to get into and didn’t leave anything out of the picture. I loved the way this book came across and devoured it within a few hours. As I said before, it felt like coming home to old friends for a chat, a cup of tea and a laugh. It’s a 4out of 5 from me.