The wonderful new novel from Alex Brown, best-selling author of The Great Christmas Knit Off, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Jill Mansell.
April Wilson is wondering what to do next - her life has been turned upside down after the loss of her husband so she's hoping to piece herself together again with a visit to her elderly great aunt, Edith.
Arriving in the rural idyll of Tindledale, she's dismayed to find Edith's cottage and the orchards surrounding it in a sorry state of disrepair. Edith seems to have lost interest completely, instead she's become desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Winnie, who disappeared during WWII.
April gets to work immediately, discovering that the orchard still delivers a bumper crop each year, and with the help of some of the villagers - including Matt, the enigmatic Farrier - begins to unravel the mystery of the missing Winnie. Slowly, April can feel things coming to life again - but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?
©2016 Alex Brown (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A lovely book to curl up and unwind with, as sweet and charming as homemade apple pie." (Milly Johnson)
"You'll fall in love with this charming book." (Sunday Express)
"Warm, wonderful characters - a really lovely listen." (Sarah Morgan, author of Sleigh Bells in the Snow)
"A warm and witty novel." (HELLO)
"Adorable, comical and magical, this is a festive delight." (Closer)
"We love it!" (Now)
"Defies the chick lit cliché." (Heat)
"I loved Cupcakes At Carrington's, a warm, witty, loveable listen with plenty of sparkle and charm." (Rowan Coleman)
"A sparkling debut...funny, romantic and utterly charming. Devour in one sitting like a delicious, indulgent cupcake then go back and start again." (Sasha Wagstaff)
"Cupcakes at Carrington's is deliciously delightful from start to finish, sprinkled with magic and full of heart." (Miranda Dickinson)
"I love Alex's books, so warm and even make me want to live in the country." (Sarra Manning, editor of Red Magazine)
A wonderful book. I laughed and cried. The authors note was especially wonderful. Well done.
I loved this book. it's not what you would call a page Turner. I. e. you can't wait to find out what happens next more like putting on a pair of comfy old slippers. I have it both on audible and kindle, so I listen to it when I'm in the car or walking and read before bedtime just the thing.
loved the story the characters were so real
the storyline very believable and kept giving joy and a bit of suspense
I enjoyed this book immensely. Good storyline, written with compassion and humour. The narrators voice was easy to listen to. Good easy listen.
the factual and continuity errors in this book make it a bad listen.
to the author - sorry, it was a nice idea, but please research the subjects you mention, errors in terminology, and continuity, auntie was dancing one week and in a wheelchair the next, horses wear headcollars, rafters are what holds up your roof, floor joists hold up your floor!
"Pure joy to read"
Loved this book from start to finish, could not put it down, made me laugh and cry
"A fab u louse read"
I wasn't sure at first,but after listening to a few chapters I really got into it and couldn't wait to hear more, the story line was fab and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next, overall I really enjoyed it so I've bought the next book "The great village show " looking forward to getting stuck into that.
"The really trite secret of Orchard Cottage"
I bought this book because it seemed to be an easy summer read (I bought Kindle version at same time) that had an intriguing secret undercurrent. I was very disappointed. The narrator was excellent and you could easily differentiate between the various characters but the actual story, in my opinion, was a weak watered-down romance with a bit of mystery about a young woman who went missing during WW2. The main protagonist is a widow whose husband had died from motor neurone disease- but she didn't want to talk about it. She tried to go bravely into the new world she found herself inhabiting but EVERY decision she made was discussed via her thought processes to the nth degree and in the end I just found her boring and tiresome. There were long "thoughts' about whether she should mention why she was alone and what had happened to her husband. I admit that I have not lost my lovely man but i nursed my mum through terminal cancer so I have experienced a long drawn out bereavement and I found myself almost shouting at the narrator to say that her husband had died...In the end I lost interest in her and her endless preoccupation about her feelings and what she should think or do. There was a small back story about her great aunt who had disappeared during the war and for a time you are led to believe that that is "the secret" but it turns out that the title of the book refers to the fact that Orchard Cottage is a lovely place to live. Disappointing.
Love the stories based round this one village, hopefully more to come and a such good different levels of storyline running through the book great!!
"Love never dies but can be transferred"
An enjoyable audio book which was pleasant to listen to. With a couple of stories running side by side, the heroine being the center figure in both, this was easy listening to well told stories. The orator brought the characters to life and gave them that special zing needed when listening to audio books.
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