Wednesday 11 February 2015

Review: It Started at Sunset Cottage by Bella Osborne - Five*


‘A well written and very intriguing tale that I really enjoyed.’ – Katie Fforde

Kate Marshall is slowly getting her life back on track after losing her fiancé. As an author she has been able to hide herself away from the world and its expectations – but now one of her books has been optioned for a film and Hollywood suddenly comes knocking on her door!
When Kate is given the opportunity to stay at a beautiful country retreat and concentrate on the screenplay, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Encouraged by her best friend, sharp-tongued single mum Sarah, Kate sees it’s finally time to stop letting life pass her by.

Looking for confidence and inspiration in the idyllic Cotswold countryside, the last thing Kate expects is for Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, to turn up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal! But after a rocky start, with Tim narrowly avoiding death by watering can, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.

As an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, and with circumstances repeatedly throwing them together, is Sunset Cottage where both Kate and Tim’s lives will really start?


The book is to be published on 12th February 2015

This is Bella Osborne's début novel and a most enjoyable book it is too! It is the story of two friends, Kate and Sarah, and their trials and tribulations with men and love. Each has a past - Kate's fiancé James died in a motorcycle accident and Sarah's ex keeps turning up like a bad penny. The story follows them as they deal with their pasts and dip cautious toes into what could be a heart warming future.

The book made me laugh out loud at some parts and brought tears to my eyes in others. What I really liked was the contrast between the storylines. Sarah's life was like mine - ordinary but comfortable. Kate's was far more glamorous but the last person to realise that was Kate! The three main men in the book - Shaun, Andy and Tim could not have been more different and even the late James was flawed. Secondary characters were excellently drawn and Didi was a delight! I shall definitely be looking for Bella's second novel in the future!

I shall definitely be looking for Bella's second novel in the future!

Amazon UK: It Started at Sunset Cottage
Amazon US: It Started at Sunset Cottage

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