"All roads lead home... When Holly Morton fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past - and Rich Turner - behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it's time to tell Rich the truth - he's a father. Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly's anger fades in the glow of Rich's undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can't change the past, the future is still theirs to write... An uplifting, emotional romance set in Cornwall perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley"
Having read the majority of Darcie Boleyn’s previous work, I can firmly say I highly enjoy her previous novels. I was pretty sure that I would enjoy this one and I wasn’t wrong, it was enjoyable page to page and it was lovely to read about new characters with that typical Darcie spin on a set of new characters and settings. The characters are well-rounded, in the way that Darcie Boleyn writes, they are real characters with flaws and motives. Fully-fleshed out and sometimes definitely questionable. This is one great things about Darcie’s work the characters are written in such a way that they are redeemable and whilst reading I love a redemption arc and characters who are in that morally grey area.
There is nothing nicer that sitting in front of a fire or in the garden with a book with the sun shining, and as we have just had winter, and are nearing into Spring, this feels like the perfect book to pick up. With a well thought-out plot that had the right amount of ebb and flow between characters and plot pacing, just enough happens to keep you reading but to not seem too much, it really is the perfect spring novel. About new beginnings and with a fresh approach.
The character of Holly was my favourite, she was resilient and despite her past had a fierce outlook on life that made me adore her even more. If I am honest I didn’t connect to the other main character Rich too much, I felt his story wasn't as compelling, but never the less because he combined with Holly’s story I did like their story and the two of them together. More of the how of their story than the why was interesting, how they came together and the moments from the past, weaved together in that perfect Darcie way. It was a wonderful start to what is hopefully a Penhallow Sands series.
Although the ending was quite predictable it didn’t distract from the enjoyment of the rest of the novel and actually made me quite relieved that it ended how I wanted it to. Overall, I would highly recommend Darcie Boleyn’s latest novel, it is a warming familial read that you are sure to enjoy if you love the rest of her novels.