Heartsong Cottage by Emily March

Cosy Christmas read
Cosy Christmas read

Published by St.Martin’s Press, 3rd Nov 2015, 320 pages, £3.99

Quick description: Sweet, seasonal romance.

Steam?: moderate

Plot: Daniel Garrett is no stranger to heartache or tragedy. Once a successful detective, his world fell apart with his son’s murder and his wife’s suicide. Leaving the police force, Daniel devotes his life to finding missing children, but when a case goes sour on the anniversary of his personal tragedy, he returns to Eternity Springs hoping for some of the town’s fabled healing.

Shannon O’Toole isn’t looking for romance. After her fiancé’s death, she closed off her heart. But she can’t deny the spark between her and a sexy stranger at a friend’s wedding. Shannon has her own secrets and has no place in her life for a private detective, even one who moves her as much as Daniel. But when the pair are thrown together on a case, the magic of Eternity Springs just might give them a second chance.

This was my first time reading an ‘Eternity Springs’ book, but I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. It was on the whole a chilled out book, perfect for cosy autumn afternoons. Its never too early for a seasonal treat! As you can gather from the plot, it does have quite a punchy beginning that did shock me a little. This might deter any body who is a little squeamish to violence. The effect leaves you aching with sympathy for Daniel, wondering how on earth is he going to recover? Enter, Shannon and there, instant connection. Its all quite predictable, but that’s why we read romances right?

The couple are of a good standard; vivacious, hard-working woman meets kind-hearted, rugged detective. The two have a very rocky relationship and I’m not sure if there was enough built up tension, you know how I’m on the steam team. But their romance is one that really does restore your faith in the world. Its all very heart-warming for the soul. As Daniel begins to heal, little surprises from his past crop up and resolve themselves. Sweet stuff going on.

Eternity Springs is a typical American small town. The cuteness of it is why I love reading these books and my weakness for Channel 5 daytime movies. I love fantasizing what it would be like to live in these quaint towns where everybody is nice and has each other’s back.

However, despite all this there is a thriller streak. There is plenty of mystery to keep the reader curious to the end. As Daniel’s latest case starts to complicate, revelations about Shannon’s life starts to spill out, even more shocking that what Daniel had to endure. All is not what is seems and she may not be who is says she is…

Wrap up warm and read!

@EmilyMarchBooks

Many thanks to Amy Goppert from SMP for my review copy xxx

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