Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…
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Joy Cartier has been restless all of her adult life but she has finally returned home, well back to Bramble Hill the village where she grew up, and she's hoping that she'll finally be able to settle even if she wasn't able to buy back her old family farm.
When we first meet her it's not clear what exactly she is up to except that she's hiding from the police which was certainly an interesting opener! Over time we get to discover just what that was about and uncover her story to see why she's so troubled.
And with two handsome men living either side of her, Zach and Finn, it looks like life could be pretty interesting for Joy but it seems that not everyone is happy to welcome her despite living in Britain's Friendliest Village...
Joy was certainly an interesting leading character, feisty and independent with an air of mystery about her. I loved her spirit to see the best in everyone and had to chuckle at her enjoying her own housewarming BBQ even though none of the villagers she'd invited turned up!
The contrasts between the two leading men Zach and Finn whose relationship with Joy couldn't be more different, one falling at her feet and determined to win her over whilst the other doesn't want anything to do with her. Add into the mix Zach's brother Casey who also has his own story to tell and you're in for a treat.
Beneath the Moon and the Stars was an enjoyable read which has been written by a very talented author who has certainly been busy during the last 12 months although this story has been written under a pen name due to the different, sexier style to her previous novels.
I'd like to thank Amelia for sending me a copy of her novel to review, I cannot wait to read more books from her in the future.