What they say:
What do you do when your best friend has an affair with your husband of twenty-five years? The father of your two children and the person you trusted with your heart?
Well, you pack your bags, grab half of the equity in the house you’ve both lovingly restored and run away to an idyllic little cottage in the country.
Only, it’s not quite so idyllic when
1) the survey comes back to reveal ‘rustic charm’ actually means rundown.
2) The heavens decide to open on moving day and the rain just keeps on coming.
Maddie Brooks grits her teeth and hires the highly recommended ‘man who can’, ex-soldier, Lewis Hart. As he rips out the very shabby, and decidedly not-so-chic kitchen, reality sets in. Not only is he the most abrupt person she’s ever met, but the man is a Neanderthal!
As the flood waters rise, and the village is cut off, everything that could possibly go wrong, does.
Hitting the big five-o is the final straw. No presents, family or friends—just infuriating Lewis, who can’t leave because the flood has now cut off his exit. How on earth is she going to get through this and put her life back together?
Can Maddie Brooks become that ‘fifty-and-fabulous’ woman of her dreams?
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
Who doesn’t dream of their own little county cottage? Well, if you can’t afford to buy one right now, this charming tale about a woman fighting for her own little slice of heaven will satisfy you in the meantime.
Author Linn B Halton sated my every whim with her clever writing – there was beautiful descriptions of rural views, a cute cottage that you could almost feel yourself in and enough sexual tension with a big hunk of man to stop the whole thing tipping over into fluffiness. Her passion for renovation and design spills out onto the pages.
Maddie has just been through a brutal divorce that has left her gasping for air. In an almost maniacal manner, she buys a really isolated fixer-upper that’s stolen her heart to escape from the city gossip. Unfortunately it’s just before Christmas, the heavens open and the renovations don’t quite go to plan. Enter sexy but troubled handyman Lewis Hart who is keen on making her home a haven but her life a misery, a man that Maddie’s handsome boss Ryan is keeping a close eye on.
It’s so rare to find a romance novel about character older than 35, so to be introduced to gorgeous, intelligent but unconfident Maddie who is nearing 50 is a breath of fresh air. Maddie has all the needs and desires of any woman, but her age has added both an added self-assurance and also a fear of growing old disgracefully. Without her family to look after, she doesn’t know how to make herself happy.
A Cottage in the Country is a real feast for the senses. Get the coffee pot on, grab a pack of biscuits and let Maddie soothe your soul.