Wedding bells are chiming in the village of Clunderton, but will it be happy-ever-afters all around? Rebecca Cavendish thinks not. All she’s feeling is shame and remorse since her affair with property mogul, Edward Hardwicke, whilst in another corner of the village, Louise Edwards is slowly coming to the conclusion she might not be in love with husband, Johnnie, anymore.
Meanwhile, Lottie Hardwicke is resisting the urge to do what she does best…interfere. When Edward’s son, James, turns up announcing Hardwickes’ intentions to develop land on the outskirts of the village into residential homes, and Edward makes a further shocking announcement, a divide begins to set hold amongst the villagers, perhaps more monumental than the country being torn apart by Brexit…
Will Lottie refrain? Or will she cave-in to that need to interfere, and ensure everyone ends up with their heart in the right home?
Heart in the Right Home by Lisa Hill Review
A Brilliant and Entertaining Story about Complicated and Unique Relationships
Heart in the Right Home by Lisa Hill, although can be read as a stand-alone novel, is a follow up to her previous novel, Heart in the Right Place.
Although, as I have mentioned, the books can be read as stand-alone, the complex nature of the characters relationships would be more easily understood if you have read the first. Having not read the first book myself, I just found it took a little longer to understand the complex nature of the friendships and relationship’s, but I have to admit I was pleasantly rewarded for my perseverance.
From the outset, I felt at ease reading the story. The cleverly written short chapters tell the story from the various perspective of many different characters. It certainly was a page-turner. Lisa Hill’s writing style flowed easily which made the reading light and enjoyable.
Heart in the Right Home is perfect holiday reading material! Despite having devoured the book at home (unfortunately), I imagined myself lying on a sun lounger, on a tranquil quiet beach with a cocktail in hand as I turned each page.
The main plot is interweaved and told through the individual characters stories. The town is racing against time to try and stop a new development which has been slated for the outskirts of town. The community eventually come together to fight in true small-town community spirit. Will they be able to stop the development, or will this wreak havoc in one couple’s very special day?
Lisa Hill created some brilliant strong characters. Their strengths came in many different forms but similarities between the characters become apparent and are even referenced by the characters themselves at times throughout the novel.
Lottie (my favourite character) was the interfering friend/relative. She seemed to spend most of her time plotting to bring people together or helping them. Lottie often drew on the experience of her almost failed marriage to help others see the way forward when it came to offering relationship advice. Despite her meddling in everyone else’s business, Lottie’s heart was always in the right place.
The myriad of other characters included; the egotistical self-absorbed male, the women who felt trapped in a loveless marriage and didn’t know what to do, the ex-lover who broke up a marriage and is now living in constant shame, the ‘good’ man just waiting in the wings, the mother and wife who does everything for her family but is clearly not happy and the ruthless businessman who is a master manipulator. All these strong characters and more are in the one book!
I love a book where you feel so emotionally invested that its almost as if you were there with them. Hill definitely delivered this and so much more in Heart in the Right Home.
Heart in the Right Home will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, laughing so hard that tears roll down your face and at other times it will leave you frustrated that you can’t just jump into the story and throttle some of those more annoying characters.
Next up for me, is to get a copy of Heart in the Right Place so I can read that too – I just simply couldn’t get enough.
Many thanks to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers and Manatee Books for inviting us on this blog tour. For more opinions on Heart in the Right Home by Lisa Hill, take a look at a few of our fellow Blog Tour neighbours.
Published by: Manatee Books