Happy Wednesday! And today is double whammy Wednesday with two blog tour reviews for you! First up is a return to Marcie Steele’s town of Somerley in Coming Home To Hope Street.
Big thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and to Sarah and the author for my advanced e-copy of Coming Home To Hope Street. I also preordered a copy from Amazon.
Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.
Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.
Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?
It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.
But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?
What Did I Think?
I adore my trips to Somerley. The community feel is something that should be aimed for everywhere. I’d love to live there! I get the warm and fuzzy feeling like I’ve gone to somewhere so familiar and cozy with my escapes to this suburb of Hedworth. But yet, Mel…I mean Marcie manages to weave in a smattering of that addictive intrigue she has mastered in her alter ego!
Lizzy’s apprehension at returning to her childhood home like the black sheep to the herd really tugged on my heartstrings. I was desperate to know why she lost touch with her family so young and so easily. But equally so, why return now??! What had her OH done that was so bad??! But I knew from The Man Across The Street that sister Hannah has a huge heart and welcome the missing Lizzy back despite her concerns and Lizzy’s reluctance to talk.
Two siblings desperate to reconnect but there’s a huge wedge between them at the moment.
I envy the friendship Hannah has with Phoebe. That lifelong friend who is effectively a sister. I love the protectiveness Phoebe displays when she discovers Livvy is back. She reacts in the way anyone would expect Hannah to after such a sisterly absence, especially given the journey Hannah had faced.
I escaped to Somerley for a day and loved it. As Livvy said to herself, there is “something magical about Somerley“. I am seriously looking forward to my next trip to this gorgeous market town. It leaves me with a hit of warmth and fuzziness.
Who Is Marcie Steele?
Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.