‘Home, sweet home…
Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…’
This is Amelia’s debut novel, always a tricky thing for a new author but Amelia will certianly gain many fans with the brilliantly written Beneath the Moon and Stars.
Joy Cartier has just moved to the village of Bramble Hill, it’s so close to her childhood home and after spending years flitting all over the world trying to find a place she could call home, she thinks she may just of found that place. A place she can finally settle down in. I mean Bramble Hill is always winning Britain’s Friendliest Village, what could possibly be anymore perfect…
Unfortunately her first encounter is with the gorgeous Finn Mackenzie and it’s not one she is likely to forget, let’s just say ice cream is involved and Finn is certianly NOT friendly or welcoming, in fact he looks at her with nothing but disgust. Thank god for Casey though, he steps into Joy’s life and instantly becomes the best friend she so needs. He soon discovers that she is Joy and not Joe, who happens to be the landlord who kicked out a much loved resident from the house. Casey informs her the villiage are baying for her blood, but wrongly so because she isn’t behind the eviction, she just happens to be the lady who moved in with a name VERY similar to Joe Cartier. But it’s fine once Joy clears up the mistake and bakes them all her friendship cakes Joy can start living her idyllic life… or can she?
Faced with a village like this…. that’s no easy task!
It’s seems the village has absolutely no interest in the truth and their vendetta against Joy grows and grows. From pushing her into a pond to posting dog shit through her door. It seems Britain’s Friendly Village, isn’t so friendly after all.
As for Finn…
This huge gorgeous grumpy man instantly took a disliking to Joy because of her flame red hair. His ex wife hurt him really badly and ever since then he has hated redheads and woman. So Joy never really stood a chance. But even though he is so very rude she can’t help but find herself attracted to him. Their relationship is just one embarrassing situation after another, naked dancing being just one of the many awkward encounters they have together! They soon come to an agreement to be friends but Finn is so full of mixed signals, one minute he looks and acts like he is madly in love the next he acts as though he can’t stand to be near her.
With Joy’s village dream crumbling around her, Joy is left to wonder wether she will ever find a place she can call home….
I absolutely, completely and utterly fell heads over heels in love with this book, it was impossible not too. You have romance, drama and brilliantly funny bits that had me crying with laughter. It literally had it all! One thing I really loved was how invested you become in the side characters lives, I loved hearing about Casey’s life and about Alex, her brother. Joy’s relationship with her brother is something I found myself really envious of. I adored their closeness and openness with one another. I really loved Casey and Joy’s relationship, they bonded very quickly and I wanted to be part of their gang!
One of the best things about this story was it was more than just a story of boy meets girl. Joy had the drama of crazy villagers, she had a secret which involved her dressing head to toe in black, blacking out her number plates and driving off into the night. Then she had Casey’s HUGE secret to keep and the fact that there was a lot of robberies in the village which Finn was positive was to do with Joy and her nighttime adventures!
There wasn’t a moment for you to stop reading and continue with life, this book demands your attention and doesn’t let you sleep until it’s over.
If I had to sum it up in one word ot would be perfection. I just loved it. I loved the love/hate between Finn and Joy, I desperately wanted him to stop holding back. Behind the hard exterior he was adorable and cute and I’m completely in love.
Amelia has written a beautiful, funny, compelling book that is filled with suspense and suprises throughout.
A fantastic debut that has me wishing she had a back catalogue of books I could immerse myself in. Simply superb!
Beneath the Moon and Stars is avaliable on Kindle from the 18th of October and an absolute MUST READ!