The Hidden Cottage by Erica James could not have been released at a better time. This delightful story of family, secrets, change, and love makes for the perfect accompaniment to any holiday or long weekend.
In the small English village of Little Pelham, Mia Channing walks a tight rope, playing mediator between her rather difficult husband, Jeff, and their three adult children, Jensen, Eliza and Daisy. A dinner party for Jensen's thirtieth birthday marks the start of some significant changes in all of their lives, from Jensen's decision to move home to Little Pelham with his girlfriend and her daughter, to Daisy's move to Australia.
Meanwhile, Little Pelham is abuzz with excitement at the arrival of newcomer Owen Fletcher, a wealthy divorcée, who has bought the Hidden Cottage. For Owen the Hidden Cottage is a place filled with special memories from his short time living in Little Pelham as a child. Owen's arrival forces Mia to confront her own feelings and find the courage to finally be true to herself.
I could not put this book down. From start to end James colours this story with beautifully descriptive language and an enchanting turn of phrase. The characters in The Hidden Cottage are presented with a depth and warmth that gives them substance, making them accessible and identifiable to the reader, and the family dynamics are almost tangible.
The honesty in this tale, punctuated with its wit and charm, reels the reader in right from the first page. This book offers the kind of escape that the Hidden Cottage itself
represents, one that encourages reading in a comfortable nook with a glass of something light and summery. So, switch everything off, find a cosy patch of sun, and allow yourself to take a trip to the Hidden Cottage.
Don't forget to take a look at our interview with Erica James.
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