Sunday, 23 November 2014

Books Read: Jo Thomas - The Chestnut Tree

When Ellie Russet leaves home and her restaurant in the wake of disaster to housesit in the Kent countryside, the last thing she wants to do is cook for a living - ever again. 

Ellie's new neighbour, Daniel Fender, is struggling to make ends meet as a furniture maker. Could the answer to his problems lie in the chestnut orchard at the bottom of the garden?

Only Ellie can help Daniel unlock the delicious secret that will bring them the fresh starts they need. And as autumn approaches, romance will blossom amid the glowing embers of the chestnut fire...

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I was lucky enough to be sent an exclusive proof copy of this lovely novella from Jo Thomas by Headline.

When we first meet Ellie she is in the process of moving into her Aunt's house to dogsit but it's clear that there is a lot more to the story than that as she's brought all of her belongings with her.  But if she thought that she was going to have a nice relaxing break to recharge her batteries and rethink her options then she'd better think again after a chance encounter with neighbour Daniel.

As the story progresses we soon discover what has brought Ellie and Daniel to this point in their lives and made them both so unhappy.

Jo Thomas has done it again, this was such a charming read that took me into the heart of the countryside and I was soon swept up in the story of Ellie and Daniel as they tried to make new starts for themselves.  I can't really say much more without spoiling it for you so why not curl up with a hot chocolate and read it for yourself.

Having now read The Oyster Catcher and this novella, I cannot wait to see what Jo has in store for us in her next book The Olive Branch which is being published in 2015.

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