Love Heart Lane (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 1)
Preorder the brand new romantic comedy from bestselling author Christie Barlow Welcome to Love Heart Lane… When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

Love Heart Lane (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 1) Details

TitleLove Heart Lane (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 1)
Author
ReleaseJan 11th, 2019
PublisherHarperImpulse
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Love Heart Lane (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 1) Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming and heartbreaking story full of hope and second chances! I am such a sucker for a small town romance especially when it’s set in the UK! This is the first book in the Heart Lane series and it is indeed full of heart! Christie Barlow has a way of making words come to life, enveloping you in the story completely... by the end of the book I felt as though I was friends with these characters and had visited this small charming Scottish town....Felicity returns home after 8 years.... A heartwarming and heartbreaking story full of hope and second chances! I am such a sucker for a small town romance especially when it’s set in the UK! This is the first book in the Heart Lane series and it is indeed full of heart! Christie Barlow has a way of making words come to life, enveloping you in the story completely... by the end of the book I felt as though I was friends with these characters and had visited this small charming Scottish town....Felicity returns home after 8 years.... when she gets home she is greeted by a blizzard and a torrential rain storm that leaves the town isolated... this tragic act of nature brings the community together... being cut off from the rest of the world causes some problems you never think of... in the midst of all this Felicity runs into her long lost love Fergus Who is less than thrilled to see her.... so will the small village of Heart Cross Capture Felicity’s heart again? And will felicity and Fergus find their way back home to each other?A brilliantly told tale that will tug at your heart strings, Full of so many wonderful characters and heartwarming scenes... there is also some tragedy in this book that I wasn’t necessarily expecting, but I thought it was handled well and it added additional depth to the story.... I absolutely cannot wait to see what these characters get up to next!A lovely story that will fill your whole heart with hope and love! Recommend!🎵 Music Running through my mind!*** this is the song that ran through my head throughout this book, doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the story, but I will be pairing my books with songs going forward!Settle down, it'll all be clearDon't pay no mind to the demonsThey fill you with fearThe trouble it might drag you downIf you get lost, you can always be foundJust know you’re not alone'Cause I’m going to make this place your homeHome: Philip Phillips 2012https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OTg1n95...*** many thanks to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Christie Barlow has a new fangirl! I adored this heart-squeezing and emotive story from beginning to end. It was well-paced, highly engaging, insightfully written and easy to follow despite containing a small Scottish village of unique and quirky residents. Felicity had abandoned her small village and loved ones while in despair over personal tragedy, and in her embarrassment, did not reconnect with them again for eight years. Fleeing her sorrow for London hadn’t been the solution she had hoped Christie Barlow has a new fangirl! I adored this heart-squeezing and emotive story from beginning to end. It was well-paced, highly engaging, insightfully written and easy to follow despite containing a small Scottish village of unique and quirky residents. Felicity had abandoned her small village and loved ones while in despair over personal tragedy, and in her embarrassment, did not reconnect with them again for eight years. Fleeing her sorrow for London hadn’t been the solution she had hoped for, and a visit to her mother was reminding her of what she had left behind. The grass always seems greener…I enjoyed everything about this story, the writing style, the characters, the storylines, the tangled issues and messes Felicity kept stepping in, she meant well but her tenacious and somewhat impulsive tendencies of jumping in to help was a double-edged sword. There was a bit of everything to be found in this lovely tale as it hit all the feels with humor, heartbreak, danger, regret, adorable children, community involvement, romance, family issues, bad weather, and small village life. All the elements were well incorporated along with the idiosyncrasies of the village. I hit the mother load of idioms and new terms for my Brit/UK word list with fairy cakes which appear to be small cupcakes; the big smoke – London or other large cities; wetting the baby’s head – father and friends celebrate the baby’s birth with alcohol; get a shifty on - to get started on something; and not on your Nelly - there is no chance at all of something happening. Thank goodness for the Urban Dictionary, Google, and Wikipedia!
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    With the snow gently falling and everyone snuggled around the fire, it is the perfect time to read some winter cozies and I have the perfect one for you today – Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow.Felicity “Flick” Simons is a bit fed up with her London retail job, more than a bit homesick for the Scottish highlands she has left behind and feeling like a loner in London despite being surrounded by throngs of people. When she receives the devastating news of her grandmother’s death, she decides With the snow gently falling and everyone snuggled around the fire, it is the perfect time to read some winter cozies and I have the perfect one for you today – Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow.Felicity “Flick” Simons is a bit fed up with her London retail job, more than a bit homesick for the Scottish highlands she has left behind and feeling like a loner in London despite being surrounded by throngs of people. When she receives the devastating news of her grandmother’s death, she decides that it is past time to travel home to Scotland for a few weeks no matter the reasons she left it all behind nearly a decade ago. However, her arrival home is anything except welcoming as she lands in her village in the middle of one of the worst snow storms in ages followed by a torrential rain storm that washes out the town’s bridge, cutting it off from the civilization and supplies that lie on the other side of the river. An avalanche of emotional and physical needs swarm Flick as she is forced to confront the loss of her grandmother, the closure of their family’s tea shop, the life and love she gave up so many years ago, the friends she once left behind and a village that must cope with a dwindling supply of food and coal. Can Felicity set aside her personal angst and lead her community forward? Will it be enough to save her tiny village?Love Heart Lane is a wonderful book about community, resilience of the heart, friends and neighbors who rally together to help one another in a time of great need. While there is romance, and it is referenced often, this book is not a “rom-com” as it is billed. There is a lot of tragedy, death, and heartbreak, some of which is dealt with realistically and some of which is brushed over a little too easily – which can be somewhat expected in a cozy. However, what Love Heart Lane does have in abundance is hope and friendship and messages of second chances which, I like to believe, is something we all need to believe can be a reality for us all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Love Heart Lane and recommend it for those who enjoy a heartwarming, cozy read. This is the first book in a series and I’m truly looking forward to the next so I can catch up with the delightful characters whom I’ve come to know and adore.I’m grateful to @HarperImpulse, #Netgalley and #ChristieBarlow for my copy of Love Heart Lane available now.
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5 An Enchanting Read, Full of Warmth and loveable characters that will leave you warm inside! Love Heart Lane is a gorgeous new series full of Warmth, Charm, Emotion, and Loveable Characters.It's a beautiful story about Family, Relationships, Loss, Friendships, Starting Over, Helping Others, Coming Together, Community Spirit, and Learning to Love Again.Felicity has been called home to the charming Love Heart Lane after her grandmother Bonnie passed away.Bonnie was adored by everyone who met her. 5☆ An Enchanting Read, Full of Warmth and loveable characters that will leave you warm inside! Love Heart Lane is a gorgeous new series full of Warmth, Charm, Emotion, and Loveable Characters.It's a beautiful story about Family, Relationships, Loss, Friendships, Starting Over, Helping Others, Coming Together, Community Spirit, and Learning to Love Again.Felicity has been called home to the charming Love Heart Lane after her grandmother Bonnie passed away.Bonnie was adored by everyone who met her.Felicity hasn't been home in a while and dreads going back, after she run away from her Ex boyfriend Fergus to live in London. She broke both of their hearts and just couldn't face bumping into him.But on coming home she is guilt ridden at leaving her mum to cope with her Grandmother and her beloved tea shop......‘Bonnie’s Teashop’ which her Mum had to close down months prior in order to care for Bonnie.Felicity is heartbroken and ashamed, and vows to help her Mum and the community.When disaster strikes upon the community, Felicity knows she has to stay and help her friends and family.In time hoping to heal broken friendships, but more importantly can she heal her broken heart?Oh gosh I adored this story!Felicity is such a loveable character, In fact all of the characters are exceptionally written. Normally at the start of a new series it takes time to build connections but not with this one. Already the characters feel like friends and I can't wait to get to know them more in the next instalment!Christie Barlow is one of my favourite Authors and she has a knack of storytelling with a lot of heart, passion, fun, humour, charm, wit and warmth.Christie has weaved her magic once again with Love Heart Lane, she writes the most mesmerising and amazing stories you can't help getting lost in them.So if you are looking for a new series that once you start you won't be able to put down, then I strongly suggest picking up Love Heart Lane and giving it a read!You won't be disappointed! Thank you to Rachel Random Resources and Harper Impulse for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/0...
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  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comFelicity Simons (Flick) left Heartcross, her hometown in Scotland eight years ago and headed to London to make something of herself leaving behind her friends and ex-boyfriend Fergus, as well as her mother and Grandmother.When she receives the devastating news that her Grandmother has passed away, Flick is extremely upset that she hadn’t visited more often, including over the recent festive period.Booking two weeks off work she flies to Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comFelicity Simons (Flick) left Heartcross, her hometown in Scotland eight years ago and headed to London to make something of herself leaving behind her friends and ex-boyfriend Fergus, as well as her mother and Grandmother.When she receives the devastating news that her Grandmother has passed away, Flick is extremely upset that she hadn’t visited more often, including over the recent festive period.Booking two weeks off work she flies to Scotland and heads home, but Heartcross is a small village with only one way in and out, over an old bridge. The snow is falling rapidly and her taxi can’t get her across the bridge so she has to walk the rest of the way.Heartcross is a place where everyone knows everyone else and community spirit is high. There aren’t many places to hide and it doesn’t take long before Felicity and Fergus’s paths cross. He’s not happy to see her and even after she helps save his and his horse’s life, he still doesn’t want to know.With the village rapidly becoming cut off from the rest of the world can the villagers pull together and can Fergus and Flick bury their differences and move on?This is the first book in a new series from author Christie Barlow and what a series it is going to be in the first book is anything to go by. I may live in the North of England but I’ve never actually stepped foot across the border into Scotland, though Heartcross sounds like a delightful place, although a little too rural for me, but very picturesque with all the snow.Flick is a wonderful character who is trying to make amends for the past and feeling guilty for not being there for her Mother and Grandmother in their time of need, especially as the family business suffered a setback and she knew nothing about it.I was intrigued to know why she stayed away for so long and what happened between her and Fergus that even after eight years he’s less than impressed to see her.Needing to know more and with a want to spend more time in the little villager and with the delightful people, I found myself reading the book in just one sitting.This is a series not to be missed.
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Love Heart Lane gave me the warm and fuzzies. What a cute story. There is a town to save, a man to love and a little girl to cherish.Felicity Simons knows where she belongs. Her heart has always been in one place and belongs to one man, but when times got too tough she ran away. The future she saw was not the one she had planned. Felicity moves to London and left her small town in Scotland behind. Her cute cosy town was swapped for a flat in the big city. Her family tearoom job was exchanged for Love Heart Lane gave me the warm and fuzzies. What a cute story. There is a town to save, a man to love and a little girl to cherish.Felicity Simons knows where she belongs. Her heart has always been in one place and belongs to one man, but when times got too tough she ran away. The future she saw was not the one she had planned. Felicity moves to London and left her small town in Scotland behind. Her cute cosy town was swapped for a flat in the big city. Her family tearoom job was exchanged for a department store. She’s dating a guy that isn’t the right one but at least she has her best friend Polly. Felicity returns to her hometown in Scotland after her grandmother passes. It’s years later and the town has moved on without her. Felicity realised how much she’s missed home and everything that goes with it. She has some bridges to mend and some hearts to fill. I really enjoyed this book. The whole town came to life. It was more than a second chance romance. It’s about acceptance and community. Felicity is a great leading lady and the town won me over. I really like Alfie’s character. He is misunderstood by Felicity and she never really saw who he was, but author Christie Barlow hints of his story. This is my first story by this author and it won’t be my last. 5 out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a Netgalley read.
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  • Finitha Jose
    January 1, 1970
    'Love Heart Lane' is set in a small but picturesque Scottish village called Heartcross. As a village born and brought up girl, I approached the book with trepidation since I am not a fan of the romantic concepts of village life that clearly has its origins from Wordsworth. The ideas of natural beauty, fresh air and comradeship are sure to be there, but it's also the place where people refuse to change and there will be a few who are only interested in poking at other's personal lives. Ya, its no 'Love Heart Lane' is set in a small but picturesque Scottish village called Heartcross. As a village born and brought up girl, I approached the book with trepidation since I am not a fan of the romantic concepts of village life that clearly has its origins from Wordsworth. The ideas of natural beauty, fresh air and comradeship are sure to be there, but it's also the place where people refuse to change and there will be a few who are only interested in poking at other's personal lives. Ya, its no heaven on earth. But a clever writer can always make us forget this dark side and for a moment we are persuaded to follow Coleridge's dictum of willing suspension of disbelief. Clearly, Christie Barlow is quite talented in making us immersed in the story. She is a master writer, and I savoured every bit of this delightful novel. It will capture your heart from the very beginning and the moment Flick reaches Heartcross, things start spiking up. So be prepared to read it with some spare time at hand, because you won't be putting down your Kindle any time soon once you start. Felicity (Flick) is not someone to shy away from dangers and her capable hands and strong mind eventually take the village out of the huge crisis. I never thought she was a coward for running away in the past, it might be a bit rash, but something that also needs a lot of courage to do. I loved the way the novel ended. Even with the cliffhanger, this is a perfect happy ending for the first book in the series. Can's wait to read more about Flick, Fergus and also about their angelic kid.
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  • Alla
    January 1, 1970
    When I was a teenager I loved watching tv shows from BBC that took place in the Highlands of Scotland or in the country side of England and Ireland. There was just something so charming about them, so appealing. This book reminds me of those kind of shows. This story takes place in the Scottish Highlands.The main character, Felicity is returning home after 8 years away from her hometown after the death of her grandmother. She left her friends and the love of her life in a haste, never to make When I was a teenager I loved watching tv shows from BBC that took place in the Highlands of Scotland or in the country side of England and Ireland. There was just something so charming about them, so appealing. This book reminds me of those kind of shows. This story takes place in the Scottish Highlands.The main character, Felicity is returning home after 8 years away from her hometown after the death of her grandmother. She left her friends and the love of her life in a haste, never to make contact with them again and when she returns she´s suddenly facing her friends again and not all are too happy to see her.I liked this story. Though there were some parts that dragged out a bit for me and others that felt a bit rushed, but overall I liked it.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    There’s nothing better than the start of a new series with brand new characters. I always love getting to know new ones. As you would also expect from this genre of book, we also have the idyllic setting.I love Scotland and what’s better than Scotland in winter time? Lots of snow adding to the most wonderful visions I had in my head. I loved how close knit the village is and how secluded it was also. Though as we soon get to realise, being out in the middle of nowhere does come with a down side. There’s nothing better than the start of a new series with brand new characters. I always love getting to know new ones. As you would also expect from this genre of book, we also have the idyllic setting.I love Scotland and what’s better than Scotland in winter time? Lots of snow adding to the most wonderful visions I had in my head. I loved how close knit the village is and how secluded it was also. Though as we soon get to realise, being out in the middle of nowhere does come with a down side.This is very much a story about community spirit. It’s about everyone pulling together at a time of crisis. There is also a wonderful sense of friendship and I mean real friendship. These are friends that pull together and are there for each other when it really matters. I was very envious of theses characters and wanted to join them along at the pub or up at the farm. I definitely wanted to be one of the crowd either way. Flick and Fergus obviously have a lot of history and I was intrigued to know more about why they had parted ways and why Fergus wasn’t giving Flick the warmest of welcomes. Even so, you can still sense a certain amount of chemistry between the two and I was gripped to the pages to see how things were going to work out for the pair of them. Love Heart Lane is a heart warming and all consuming read that I couldn’t get enough of. I read it in one day as I was desperate to see if Flick gets her happy ending. The good thing of course about this book, is that of course, there’s more to come! I can’t wait to be back in Heartcross again! A truly fabulous novel.My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and Harper Impulse for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Zoé-lee O'farrell
    January 1, 1970
    Right off the bat, I knew this would be a new series I would fall in love with, not just the characters but the community would warm my heart on the cold nights.Felicity aka Flick, left HeartCross under a huge black cloud 8 years ago, only returning because her nan Bonnie has passed. How will the community receive her? When she left, she left Fergus behind, the broody hero of the story and boy does he have the right to be broody.Despite loving all the characters especially the cute Esme, Flicks Right off the bat, I knew this would be a new series I would fall in love with, not just the characters but the community would warm my heart on the cold nights.Felicity aka Flick, left HeartCross under a huge black cloud 8 years ago, only returning because her nan Bonnie has passed. How will the community receive her? When she left, she left Fergus behind, the broody hero of the story and boy does he have the right to be broody.Despite loving all the characters especially the cute Esme, Flicks behaviour did sometimes rile me. She is very head-strong, which is a great trait, but she would do things without thinking of a certain person feeling, ignoring the advice of other people and pushing at it. It did annoy me, but then I reflected and thought to be fair I would do the same and then I annoyed myself. I mean how far would you go to get your Fergus back? Let’s face most of us has a Fergus in our lives I know I do.In spite of that quality, Flick is the only person I would have chosen to be the ambassador for the village when they lose their bridge, the only connection to the world. She gets the community geared up as they all support each other as they battle the snow and the other horrid elements. She is the epitome of community life, now that she’s back from the glamour and glitz.The story is now just about the villagers and their plight, but the village itself. Bonnie's teashop, Hamish shop, Allie and her parents and the pub and Rory and the vet, they are all prominent, they have a lease of their own. They are where the community meet, there is a lot of laughter and love and a lot of smiling.So I have been a bit emotional lately and not going to lie when I was reading this a few watery eye moments happened. I felt for Flick and her heartache and break, her loss of leaving the place and people she loved the most, Fergus dealing with Esme and a potential new threat, Isla and her babies and family being snowed in at the most inopportune time and Allie allowing her heart to thaw and accept her best friend back in the fold.I do love reading books when the character changes their entire life, a thing I could only dream of, so l live vicariously through them, Flick and her teashop. If it was that simple I would do it! The book made me smile and I can not wait for the next story to get stuck in and meet up with old friends.This is my first book by Ms Barlow and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long! The writing flows so easily, and you get caught up in the moment, the words and I couldn’t put it down. I want to jump back into her past books and get caught Up in her writing. I read love heart lane in one evening, I burned the midnight oil, I couldn’t rest until I knew everyone would be ok…I mean who else worries that the characters in a book won’t be ok? Just me??
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always so excited when Christie Barlow releases a new book, she’s one of my go to authors when I’m in the mood for something light and fun, yet full of depth as well. I swear each new book is my new favorite from her and this was no exception, the best part is that it’s the first in a brand new series!Felicity was the quintessential Barlow heroine, she’s relatable, warm and kind and exactly the type of lead that can easily carry a book. Besides Flick, there’s an entire village of amazing I’m always so excited when Christie Barlow releases a new book, she’s one of my go to authors when I’m in the mood for something light and fun, yet full of depth as well. I swear each new book is my new favorite from her and this was no exception, the best part is that it’s the first in a brand new series!Felicity was the quintessential Barlow heroine, she’s relatable, warm and kind and exactly the type of lead that can easily carry a book. Besides Flick, there’s an entire village of amazing secondary characters that gave the story heart and I can’t wait to explore them more in future books. The setting itself was picturesque and quaint, it made me contemplate packing up my own family and moving to the Scottish highlands myself!True to form this book had quite a few unexpected moments along the way and even the main love story didn’t go exactly as I had anticipated, which I love! Being surprised while reading romance is always an added bonus, especially when I’m already enjoying a story so very much without little twists and turns. As always I highly recommend this one when you’re in the mood for something sweet.Love Heart Lane in three words: Cozy, Charming and Delightful.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    My word Christie has certainly done it with this it's amazing well written simply fantastic didn't want it to end at all as so good. Worth far more than five stars and now can't wait for the second book in the series to come out. What a perfect way to curl up and read about a village community who pull together and friendships and romance and being happy with yourself with who you are now. What more could you ask for the village life sounds perfect and just want to go yourself. Flick moved from My word Christie has certainly done it with this it's amazing well written simply fantastic didn't want it to end at all as so good. Worth far more than five stars and now can't wait for the second book in the series to come out. What a perfect way to curl up and read about a village community who pull together and friendships and romance and being happy with yourself with who you are now. What more could you ask for the village life sounds perfect and just want to go yourself. Flick moved from her a prose home years ago after heartbreak and hasn't visited since but her nana has passed away and she heads home. Once she back home with her mum she realises she's really missed it. Snow is covered all over the village and not all her friends are happy to see her to start with but there is one person she is really not wanting to see her ex. But when she goes to a friends and sees him and hears he's got a child she guessed he's moved on but has he. The village is cut off with the snow but then when it re opens a lorry gets blown over on the bridge and the bridge collapses so they are totally cut off. The community cone together and flick opens the teashop that she use to work in but when her nana fell ill her mum had to close it. They start trying to work out what they do but when flick makes a video with her ex child and it accidentally goes on line little did they realise the response they would get. Can they get a bridge put back so they aren't cut off can flick raise the money they need and will her ex come round to her or not. The community need to pull together and flick needs to decide what she wants and I'd she wants to be back at home. Can she find romance or is it just to much. A simply fantastic read worth far more than five stars can't wait for the follow on.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: January 11, 2018 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 4.5 starsI'll admit, one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book is because of the beautiful cover. The colors drew me in and the drawn depiction of Love Heart Lane is adorable. I love covers like this and am always happy to see that the insides of the book match the outside. With that being said, this is a wonderful story that not only brings readers to a charming setting but delivers characters that are instantly Release Date: January 11, 2018 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 4.5 starsI'll admit, one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book is because of the beautiful cover. The colors drew me in and the drawn depiction of Love Heart Lane is adorable. I love covers like this and am always happy to see that the insides of the book match the outside. With that being said, this is a wonderful story that not only brings readers to a charming setting but delivers characters that are instantly lovable. This isn't a surface level chick lit novel filled with fluff either. It's a story about reigniting lost love, saving a beloved town, and finding oneself again. This is the first book I have read by Christie Barlow and it won't be my last! I can't wait to see how she develops the series and brings us more characters to fall in love with.
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  • Agi
    January 1, 1970
    Felicity Simons returns home to the Scottish Highlands after 8 years. Her departure was, in retrospect, very sudden and she burned a few bridges, to be honest. So it's not a wonder that her return, that was prompted by her beloved grandma's death, is not very welcome, especially by the one person that she cares about - and it's the person she's broken his heart. Felicity has a lot of fences to mend, especially with her friends, who couldn't understand why she didn't stay in touch with them. Felicity Simons returns home to the Scottish Highlands after 8 years. Her departure was, in retrospect, very sudden and she burned a few bridges, to be honest. So it's not a wonder that her return, that was prompted by her beloved grandma's death, is not very welcome, especially by the one person that she cares about - and it's the person she's broken his heart. Felicity has a lot of fences to mend, especially with her friends, who couldn't understand why she didn't stay in touch with them. Being back, Felicity quickly realises that her hearts belong again to Heartcross. But will she be given a second chance?There is a lot happening in Love Heart Lane for such a small place but I adored this village. The setting was beautifully idyllic but also dangerous, and so different. I've been reading the book at the same time when here, not far from where I live, there were incredibly heavy snowfalls, and the catastrophe alarm has already been introduced, so it was easy to imagine how Love Heart Lane looked like.There is a whole cats of characters in the novel, and they are all lovely, warm and welcoming, probably sometimes too lovely, the small conflicts and misunderstandings weren't too twisty. But the author for sure knows how to bring them all to life, and she brilliantly described how easily they all pulled together at the time of crisis. And I really liked the gang, the way their friendship survived, the way how they were around each other.It was an absolutely lovely, nice read guys, that started in such a brilliant way. I thought, yes, I'm really into something great. And it was still an absolutely lovely, nice read until we reached the moment with the bridge. As of this moment I couldn't stand Felicity. I know she was the main character but I had a feeling that every second word is either Felicity or Flick. Felicity this, Flick that. And of course Felicity was everywhere and she was able to do anything, starting with helping by the labour, through being chosen unanimously as a spokesperson for the village, finding Esme (of course!!!), finding herself in all the crucial moments in the right places and organizing everything smoothly and hassle - free. Well, I think I could take it but not the way she was crowding Fergus and his family - because it felt like this. I was wondering, hell, woman, who has given you the right to act like this? To decide over Fergus's will? To impose yourself? To not give him a choice? Those things simply annoyed me, spoiled the book for me and made me not to really care about the characters and what's going to happen. It was also impossible not to spot what was in the heart of the book: community, because it was also mentioned on every second page. I love books where the community feeling is so brilliantly overwhelming, where people support each other, but I also like to deduce it by myself, I don't need to have it all the time mentioned. But yes, I liked how close knit the villagers were and how the pub and the tea shop were the places to be, to meet and to enjoy the company.So really, if it weren't for Felicity, I think I would totally adore this book. Shame. However, I am in minority here, guys, as all the other reviewers are RAVING about this book, so no matter what please do not feel put out by me and simply read this novel. It's light - hearted and fast - paced and if you're like this kind of read it'll give you the warm fuzzies. The narrative flows and it's very easy to read. And the cover is simply gorgeous! It deserves a standing ovation.Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    Could not put this book down. From the moment it started, I was drawn into Felicity;s life, and at the point the book moved to Heartcross, well I had to read it in one sitting, staying up to the small hours.Definitely a book worth sacrificing sleep for!!There is so much drama and action in Love Heart Lane, that I couldn't believe it. it's all about the community of Heartcross who need to come together when their small Scottish village is cut off from the rest of the world. It is about Felicity Could not put this book down. From the moment it started, I was drawn into Felicity;s life, and at the point the book moved to Heartcross, well I had to read it in one sitting, staying up to the small hours.Definitely a book worth sacrificing sleep for!!There is so much drama and action in Love Heart Lane, that I couldn't believe it. it's all about the community of Heartcross who need to come together when their small Scottish village is cut off from the rest of the world. It is about Felicity returning to Heartcross properly after 8 years, hoping that her friends will welcome her and wondering just what sort of reaction Fergus will give her. There is a whole cast of warm and lovable characters, who I can't read to more about in the rest of this series. I think I may be saying it with every book but Christie Barlow is getting better and better, her writing is fabulous and the way the story jumps off the page and gets under your skin is remarkable. What a wonderful book, that I adored every second of. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Cathy Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*Felicity (Flick) Simons has been in London eight years after fleeing her home village of Heartcross in the Scottish Highlands. Visits home had been fleeting but changes under a new regime at the department store where she works, from a friendly, family run business into something much more impersonal, had her thoughts turning more and more to Heartcross. She misses the people she’s left behind—her mum, gran Bonnie, and the good friends she’s grown up with. Her reasons for leaving are still 4.5*Felicity (Flick) Simons has been in London eight years after fleeing her home village of Heartcross in the Scottish Highlands. Visits home had been fleeting but changes under a new regime at the department store where she works, from a friendly, family run business into something much more impersonal, had her thoughts turning more and more to Heartcross. She misses the people she’s left behind—her mum, gran Bonnie, and the good friends she’s grown up with. Her reasons for leaving are still raw and the painful memories are something she hasn’t yet completely come to terms with. Felicity returns to Heartcross when her beloved grandmother passes away. She expects to be there a week or two, but circumstances dictate otherwise when the village is battered by a winter storm. The ferocity of the snow storm and resulting flood causes the Grade II listed bridge over the river, the only way in and out of the village during the winter, to be swept away leaving the villagers unable to receive any supplies. The river was too high and fast for boat crossings so no-one could get in or out. (quote) Felicity thought back to her life at Heartcross and memories of her grandmother flooded her mind; the times they’d spent together in the family teashop and the love they’d shared. Bonnie Stewart had lived her whole life in the Scottish Highlands, and sadness flooded Felicity’s veins again as she remembered the way her grandmother’s cheeks had dimpled with her smile, the way she’d planted noisy kisses on the top of her head and the way she’d always smelled of scrumptious baking. (unquote)Flick has to make peace with her friends after the abrupt way she left Heartcross. Integrating back into the community, and repairing one relationship in particular, is not proving as easy as she hoped. She feels out of the loop. Flick needs to face up to the past and work at earning the trust of those she hurt. However, when her reasons for leaving become clear it’s not difficult to be more sympathetic towards her. Her overriding emotions are guilt for her thoughtlessness towards her friends over the years, sadness at Bonnie’s passing and shock at the circumstances her mother finds herself in. The dire situation facing the villagers brings out the best in her.This is my first Christie Barlow book and I really enjoyed it. Stories set in wonderful locations with small, close knit communities that pull together when times are tough always appeal to me. There’s a good mix of engaging and realistic characters in believable situations and the setting is brought vividly to life. Drama, life changing issues and the power of positivity, social media and friendship are incorporated into the story as well the ability to recover from adversity. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.I chose to read and review Love Heart Lane courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources via NetGalley.
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  • Lisa M
    January 1, 1970
    Exquisite! So close to the end of 2018 (review written on 29/12/18) if you asked me to name my top 10 books of the year this would easily make the list....in fact I'd say it could even be in my top 5 and I've read over 100 books this year!Let's start with the obvious - the cover is beautiful, so vibrant and would immediately make me pick up this book to read the synopsis. I love the colours and first look at Heartcross with it's bunting-clad trees.The book follows Felicity (Flick) who returns to Exquisite! So close to the end of 2018 (review written on 29/12/18) if you asked me to name my top 10 books of the year this would easily make the list....in fact I'd say it could even be in my top 5 and I've read over 100 books this year!Let's start with the obvious - the cover is beautiful, so vibrant and would immediately make me pick up this book to read the synopsis. I love the colours and first look at Heartcross with it's bunting-clad trees.The book follows Felicity (Flick) who returns to her home village of Heartcross (a small village in the Scottish Highlands)"from London following the death of her grandmother. When she arrives she is shocked to find her mum's cottage and business in disarray and more than a bit run down as her mum had struggled to cope with everything as well as caring for Flick's grandmother.The business is a tearoom that Flick has fond memories of and resolves to leave her time in London behind and start afresh in Heartcross to aid her mum in rejuvenating the tearoom and indeed her own life again.Flick reacquaints with friends from her past - it is alluded to that she left in a hurry but I won't spoil why but it was refreshing that she wasn't entirely welcomed back with open arms from everyone as that is how I'd expect it to be in reality. Flick has to work her way back into her old friendship group and, as it has been years since she returned home, this is not straightforward in some cases. When catastrophe strikes can Flick step forward and use her skill set to help 'save the day'? This is usually the part I find a bit clichèd in romance books however I loved this storyline - it was very interesting reading the ideas Flick and the other residents came up with and was actually believable and well-written in general. I felt like I desperately wanted to be a part of the community as they pulled together in the very best of ways.Of course, it wouldn't be right without a potential love interest and I adored this aspect - enter Fergus. Flick and Fergus were in a relationship when they were younger, I feel like I have spoiled enough so I will leave this heart-warming (& sad backstory) for you to find out for yourself! Suffice to say I can't recommend this enough - my first read by Christie Barlow but I already have a few more of her books on my kindle that will be read very soon! The characters were superb (I loved Esme!) and the community spirit was heart warming and touching. The note from Christie at the end is clear there will be another book from the same setting and I am already on countdown for that! My many thanks to Harper Impulse and Killer Reads via NetGalley for providing me with this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I'm absolutely over the moon to find a new series with all the ingredients you need to totally fall in love with the story and the characters. Love Heart Lane is such an idyllic setting, in the highlands of Scotland. Totally remote in snowstorms but with a wonderful community spirit when they need to pull together.Felicity has returned after a long spell and we are left to wonder what happened between her and Fergus when they were younger. She feels a bit left out with all her old friends, but I'm absolutely over the moon to find a new series with all the ingredients you need to totally fall in love with the story and the characters. Love Heart Lane is such an idyllic setting, in the highlands of Scotland. Totally remote in snowstorms but with a wonderful community spirit when they need to pull together.Felicity has returned after a long spell and we are left to wonder what happened between her and Fergus when they were younger. She feels a bit left out with all her old friends, but the lure of Love Heart Lane soon has her wanting to belong all over again.She weaves her way into everyone's hearts again when she finds herself in charge of overcoming adversity when the snow starts to thaw.A beautifully woven story that has me hoping the next book in the series is going to be released very soon.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    You’d be mistaken for thinking you’d parachuted into the midst of a disaster movie but actually this book is a rollercoaster of excitement, family ties and romance. So many sub plots easily anchored around the main story. This book was a joy to read and I cannot wait for the next instalment. This book is somewhere you want to live in real life! Thank you Netgalley.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Oh I am so looking forward to the rest of this series! What a charming setting and enchanting characters. Sure but there was a bit of sadness and drama, a good cozy romance should always have some semblance of realism. Just enough to think the story is possible. Loved all of the characters and can’t wait to read more. Esme was adorable and I look forward to reading more about her antics in the village of Heartcross. Christie Barlow is becoming a master of the cozy romance.
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  • Suzanne Waters
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a a cosy read filled with romance, tearful moments and community spirit this is the book for you. Such a wonderful story and my favourite read of the year so far. Felicity and Fergus were fantastic characters and Esme was just delightful. Loved this book and thoroughly recommend it.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    A new series from Christie Barlow? Well, sign me up immediately! Having loved all of her previous books, my crime loving palette was looking forward to some gentle, heartwarming happenings to take me away from the daily worries of a hectic lifestyle. And I definitely found a haven for myself in the small village of Heartcross in the highlands of Scotland. Now, as a former resident of Scotland myself (and ofcourse being married to The Grumpy Scotsman!) I very quickly came to love the community A new series from Christie Barlow? Well, sign me up immediately! Having loved all of her previous books, my crime loving palette was looking forward to some gentle, heartwarming happenings to take me away from the daily worries of a hectic lifestyle. And I definitely found a haven for myself in the small village of Heartcross in the highlands of Scotland. Now, as a former resident of Scotland myself (and ofcourse being married to The Grumpy Scotsman!) I very quickly came to love the community resourcefulness that struck me the minute I met the residents of this quaint little village. Actually, I have to admit that my first thought on arrival in Heartcross was that it reminded me of the old film Brigadoon, as if the village were in hiding away from the big bad world that surrounds them, a little piece of paradise just waiting to be discovered and to start working it’s magic.And the lucky interloper is actually ex-resident Felicity, returning to her hometown after years of living down in London. Feeling guilty that she didn’t see her beloved Grandmother before she passed away, she takes 2 weeks off her busy work schedule to go back home to visit her mother. Her arrival coincides with a blizzard and the arrival of huge drifts of snow but that’s not the only freezing she faces in Heartcross, as she’s about to encounter the love she left behind, and he’s not exactly overjoyed at her return! Will Love Heart Lane work it’s magic on old friends and the lover that Felicity left behind? Or will the ensuing catastrophe of a washed away bridge sweep all of her hopes and dreams away with it?I felt immediately at home in Love Heart Lane and thought it an enchanting place to set this new series. Felicity and Fergus were both very likeable characters and their slowly rediscovered relationship felt authentic throughout. But I also took to nearly everyone who lived in Heartcross and adored their village lifestyle and the community spirit which I think is very sadly missing nowadays for most of us. My emotions were kept in check for most of the book but I did get completely involved in the lives and loves of these residents as I came to get to know them better and there were some very difficult events to be faced as the storyline developed. So make sure you have some tissues ready just in case!This was a wonderful introduction to Heartcross, it really did feel like coming home and I can’t wait to return to the village to meet up with this memorable cast of characters again soon.
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    When you look at the cover, you see a peaceful little village in the mountains where everything runs smoothly. I think it really is like this untill the weather gods interfere and turn everything upside down.But when the villagers join forces and it's proven once again that friends will remain friends whatever happened in the past, there is always that ray of sunshine that will help you pull through.Felicity certainly becomes the local heroine but what about her own private happiness?This story When you look at the cover, you see a peaceful little village in the mountains where everything runs smoothly. I think it really is like this untill the weather gods interfere and turn everything upside down.But when the villagers join forces and it's proven once again that friends will remain friends whatever happened in the past, there is always that ray of sunshine that will help you pull through.Felicity certainly becomes the local heroine but what about her own private happiness?This story is filled with emotions. One minute you are gasping, the next you have a huge smile on your face.How much drama can happen in a short period of time in a small village? A lot, it seems, but hey it's fiction so why not?I for one enjoyed it thoroughly and I hope I will soon be able to read the next part.The author's fluent writing style makes you forget everything around you and it's as if you become one of the villagers yourself. Loved it! 5 stars.Thank you, Christie Barlow and RachelsRandomResources.https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
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  • Sally Coles
    January 1, 1970
    When her beloved grandmother dies Flick realises that she needs to return to her home village of Heartcross in Scotland for a proper visit for the first time in years. When she gets home she is concerned for her mother who doesn't seem to be coping and why is the teashop closed? The next problem is facing her best friends that she ran out on all those years ago.......... and not forgetting Fergus the real reason for her flight! When a freak storm hits the village and washes away the bridge which When her beloved grandmother dies Flick realises that she needs to return to her home village of Heartcross in Scotland for a proper visit for the first time in years. When she gets home she is concerned for her mother who doesn't seem to be coping and why is the teashop closed? The next problem is facing her best friends that she ran out on all those years ago.......... and not forgetting Fergus the real reason for her flight! When a freak storm hits the village and washes away the bridge which is the only link to the outside world Flick realises that she will have to face her past at last as there is nowhere to run to. Another lovely book by this author, heartwarming and a book that draws you in right from the beginning. There are so many great characters that I can't wait for the next book to catch up with them!
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  • Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Netgalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for allowing me to read and review this wonderful story by the amazing Christie Barlow. Ahhhh my squishy heart is all full of love for this book right now! The book cover is a welcome delight to gaze at during these cold winter months! I am a huge fan of Christie's books and without even reading the synopsis I just knew straight away I was in for a treat.The story features Flick who after hearing some sad news decides it's time to A huge thank you to Netgalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for allowing me to read and review this wonderful story by the amazing Christie Barlow. Ahhhh my squishy heart is all full of love for this book right now! The book cover is a welcome delight to gaze at during these cold winter months! I am a huge fan of Christie's books and without even reading the synopsis I just knew straight away I was in for a treat.The story features Flick who after hearing some sad news decides it's time to return to her home village of Heartcross situated in the Scottish Highlands. The journey to Heartcross for Flick is an awful one through a winter storm and waiting on the other side of the bridge to the village are painful memories that Flick would rather not face especially one man in particular, Fergus Campbell.As a reader we are not aware of Flick's past and the pain that comes with visiting Heartcross but it soon becomes clear and it just made me warm to Flick so much more. I really liked the character of Fergus too, a quiet and mysterious character but you could totally tell that behind the barriers he puts up deep down there is a soft, caring and loveable side to him.After a destructing winter storm which passes through the village causing chaos and leaving behind a broken swept away bridge that connects the village to the main land. The villagers have to work together to ration food and keep morale up while they wait for help in the form of a temporary bridge to be constructed.Flick uses this distraction to help her settle back into village life making new friends and mending past friendships that she left behind when she moved to London. When the snow disappears and it's time for Flick to leave her homely village again, does she want to and will she?I absolutely adore this story, I love Christie's fabulous writing and how she can make you feel so involved in village life and have you feeling like have known the characters forever. I enjoyed all the little twists and heart warming moments.This is most definitely one of those books that you rush through to get to the end and before you know it you are there but you haven't mentally prepared yourself for the story to end and leave the village and all the lovely people there but it's ok because we can return to Heartcross real soon in Christie's next instalment 'Foxglove Farm' YAY! I am counting down the days for this and June cannot come quick enough!
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    It's been ages since I read an entire book in a day and that's simply because a) I haven't had the time and b) there has been no book recently that has made me want to do this despite reading some very good books over the last few weeks. That all changed the minute I began reading the brand new book from Christie Barlow Love Heart Lane, from the first page I knew this book was going to be brilliant. Sometimes you just get this feeling from the word go that this is going to be a special read and It's been ages since I read an entire book in a day and that's simply because a) I haven't had the time and b) there has been no book recently that has made me want to do this despite reading some very good books over the last few weeks. That all changed the minute I began reading the brand new book from Christie Barlow Love Heart Lane, from the first page I knew this book was going to be brilliant. Sometimes you just get this feeling from the word go that this is going to be a special read and that you will love everything about it and want to shout about it from the rooftops, this is that book for me and really it is Christie Barlow at her very best.Not one fault could I find with this book and truly it was a story with such fantastic characters and a unique setting that really reminded me just why I love reading so much. I'm always such a stickler when it comes to rating a book and I don't give out four or five stars that easily. But here hands down Love Heart Lane is five stars all the way as between its pages there is a story that you will relish and become completely immersed in so much so that you dread any interruption whilst you are reading for fear you will have to put it down and tear yourself away from an engaging, interesting, emotive, marvellous and unputdownable read.Felicity Simons has worked at Little Browns department store in London for the last eight years after arriving from Scotland on a whim. Her boyfriend now her ex, Adrian, has recently moved out of her apartment as they have come to the conclusion it was wrong him moving in six months ago. As Felicity sits in her bosses office, the dreaded Eleanor Ramsbottom, she knows she is at a new juncture in her life. She needs two weeks off so she can go back to Heartcross, a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands, as her beloved grandmother Bonnie Stewart has passed away. But it's not easy going back to a place where you left such heartbreak behind and literally fled but she owes it to her grandmother. Instantly my interest was piqued.What made Felicity flee? Why hadn't she been back except for very brief visits where she engaged with no one except her mother Rona and her Gran? What could have happened to make her leave everything she knew on a whim especially as the further we delve into the book we discover just how special Heartcross is and of course the people who live there too. For Felicity this is a major step to go back but as it is only for a fortnight she feels she can do this and then escape back to the safety net she has created in London. She wants to avoid certain people especially a man named Fergus. Little does she realise what action and surprises Heartcross has in store for her and for the reader. Twists and turns aplenty which keep you hooked and keen to know how things will unfold.Felicity arrives back to the village just as a snowstorm hits and the bridge to the village becomes dangerous to cross. For a little while the community, already isolated, will be cut off. But not to mind that just means that Felicity's not given the opportunity to run away at the first sign of confrontation. For that is really what needs to happen. She had been so embedded in the village, that to up and flee without a word to anyone especially considering what had happened left many people devastated, heartbroken and angry. Fergus springs to mind here and also her friend Allie who works in the pub with her parents. Isla, another friend, is more accepting of her coming home as she knows the trauma Felicity experienced. Yes the way she handled things was divisive and to run away was not the correct answer but it was all she could think to do at the time.I thought it was brilliant that people who had been affected by Felicity's actions didn't at first welcome her with open arms. She had caused too much pain for that to happen and then she acted for eight years as if Heartcross nestled amongst mountains, glens and waterfalls didn't even exist. Felicity had to prove to people that she could and had changed and that was very realistic. I thought it would have been fake and too over the top for everybody to forgive her instantly because that doesn't happen in real life. We need to work at things, to seek forgiveness, acceptance and understanding for past actions before we can reconcile and come to terms with how we are in the present.Of course I felt sympathy for Felicity, and as I guessed what had occurred, this only deepened but I could also understand Fergus' point of view as to why he wasn't willing to fully extend the hand of friendship given how damaging Felicty's actions had been. For someone that would have given the world to Felicity now he can barely make eye contact with her. Her guilt only deepens as she discovers Bonnie's Teashop, which she ran from the front room of her cottage, has been shut down and the dust left to gather. Rona couldn't keep it going when Bonnie was sick and now so many memories for Felicity are gone. She wonders why didn't her mum tell her how bad things were both financially and on a personal level? It's a stark wake up call for Felicity as she knows she now has many bridges to mend. Heartcross may offer comfort, belonging and a wonderful sense of community but will Felicity be welcomed back into the fold or has too much water flown under the bridge for her ever to find the happy place she once occupied there.This was a woman who needed to work for what she wanted and needed back in her life and it wasn’t going to be easy. It sounds terrible to say but I enjoyed seeing Felicity having to work hard to find her place and to be big enough to say sorry and to explain the reasons behind her actions. It felt true to life as really it isn't all plain sailing. She really had been too caught up in her own little world and given Heartcross was so far away from London she pushed it and everyone there to the back of her mind because she believed she was the only one hurting but she wasn't. She felt she would cause too much damage if she stayed but really by leaving she caused a significant amount more. How can she rectify all this?I loved how Felicity wasn't all perfect and that slowly but surely she admitted her faults and that she had made bad decisions and just maybe she did miss Heartcross and all it stands for. She had learnt to block out her sadness for many years but the feelings she once had are still there waiting to be reignite but she has an awful lot of work to do before she can be content in her own skin. She feels like an outsider and that she has lost her place and let's be honest about it, she had. Did she really expect to waltz back in as if nothing had changed and everything would be perfect and all rosy in the garden? She needed to work hard at mending fractured relationships in order to assume her place once again that's even if she wanted to stay. Can Heartcross work its magic or will a devastating event prove too much for all?Said event proved a real turning point in the book and I loved how everyone came together as one to fight for what they believed in. The village may be small but at its centre it has a big heart and a sense of friendship and strength in the face of adversity. Might this be exactly what Felicity needed to show everyone that people can change and the very person she wants to prove this to is Fergus? A steep learning curve coupled with plenty of new life experiences is in store for Felicity as she attempts to face up to things. The transformation of Felicity was a joy to behold as she found strength, courage and her voice in the face of so much adversity. But one question remained can the person she hurt the most ever find it in their heart to forgive her?Love Heart Lane blew me away as to how much I enjoyed it. At times I become jaded with some of the storylines in women's fiction as they become so routine and run of the mill but this was fresh, exciting, emotive and heartfelt and I devoured it. Christie Barlow has created a wonderful setting that you can visualise so easily in your head so much so that you feel as if you are right there experiencing everything the characters are going through. There is a superb cast of supporting characters, too many to mention here, but ones that I hope will be feature in future books. I say books because I fervently hope there will be more than one sequel to Love Heart Lane. I feel that this is a series that could potentially run and run as it provided both comfort and escape for me which is what I look for in a book but it was also so highly readable and one that deserves to be consumed in one go. Foxglove Farm will be book two in the series and I am already impatiently awaiting its release. Please Christie Barlow write it as quickly as you can, I just can't get enough of Heartcross and want more more more as soon as possible.
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  • Kirsty Oughton
    January 1, 1970
    When I found this book on Netgalley I was instantly attracted to the cover of “Love Heart Lane”. It’s beautiful and bright. I love the combination of colours used on the cover! I was absolutely thrilled to be approved to read and review a copy of this book. I am excited to see that this is the start of a series of books set in Heartcross and I hope I get to read each one as soon as I can. The narrative is easy to follow as it freely flows from chapter to chapter. The description of Heartcross is When I found this book on Netgalley I was instantly attracted to the cover of “Love Heart Lane”. It’s beautiful and bright. I love the combination of colours used on the cover! I was absolutely thrilled to be approved to read and review a copy of this book. I am excited to see that this is the start of a series of books set in Heartcross and I hope I get to read each one as soon as I can. The narrative is easy to follow as it freely flows from chapter to chapter. The description of Heartcross is so detailed and not just because it starts in an agressive snowstorm. It sounds like a beautiful place to live and every single character just oozes personality. I would actually move there in a heartbeat to be a part of this close knit community. I was instantly drawn to Felicity’s character, she’s lost in the beginning and you really hope that she finds her place in the end! (Where ever that may be 🙂) You feel all of the emotions that Felicity is feeling throughout the story. I actually feel like I’m her best friend. You end up hoping she becomes a part of the Heartcross community once again and finds her happy ending. In some parts of this story I found my heart in my throat, especially in the first half of the story (I don’t want to spoil it for you all!) “Love Heart Lane” also has so many twists and turns which gets you completely hooked from start to finish. I didn’t want to put my kindle down at all. I am very much looking forward to the next instalment in the series to once again feel a part of the Heartcross community. You just don’t know what is going to happen next and by the end this leaves you feeling all warm inside with a smile on your face! ☺️ Whilst I (I will say patiently!) wait for the next instalment of this gorgeous series, I know I will very much enjoy reading some of Christie’s other books that’s currently in my huge to be read pile 🙈. I give this a deserving rating of 5*/5* Also thank you to Christie and Harper Impulse for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
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  • LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Felicity ‘Flick’ Simons is fed up with her life in London, her boyfriend had just moved out and her job no longer brings her the joy it used to, so when the sad news of her grandmother passing reaches her she heads home to Heartcross.She’s nervous having not been back in eight years, having she left so suddenly. There’s one person she especially she’s scared to run into her ex, who’s heart she broke all those years ago, Fergus Campbell.She is struggling to fit back in, when a winter storm blows Felicity ‘Flick’ Simons is fed up with her life in London, her boyfriend had just moved out and her job no longer brings her the joy it used to, so when the sad news of her grandmother passing reaches her she heads home to Heartcross.She’s nervous having not been back in eight years, having she left so suddenly. There’s one person she especially she’s scared to run into her ex, who’s heart she broke all those years ago, Fergus Campbell.She is struggling to fit back in, when a winter storm blows in the village is cut off from the outside world, the villagers must band together to save the town. But will Felicity get her happy ever after and be able to put the past behind her?So this is very much a new to me writer and I’m glad to be starting at the beginning of a new series. This is a sweet and heart warming story with some very emotional moments, that I won’t deny had me sniffling a little.At it’s heart, Love Heart Lane is a love story but it also about a close knit community which I think a lot of us would love to be apart of, especially as they band together when tragedy strikes.I have to be honest it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Felicity, just because I felt like constantly racked with guilt over literally everything. I just wanted to tell her not to be so hard on herself! She really grows through the book, gaining confidence and letting go of the past.I would have like to see a bit more of the Scottish dialect in there, just because it is set in the Scottish Highlands, just to give it that bit more authenticity.I’d recommend Love Heart Lane to anyone who loves a heart warming and emotional tale with a good helping of drama.
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  • Joanne D'Arcy
    January 1, 1970
    Flick escaped to London, not just for the bright lights but because she felt it was the best thing to do, escape from the little village of Heartcross in the highlands of Scotland.Now London has lost its magic and Flick has lost her grandmother it is time to return to Heartcross, initially only for a few days.She finds a place changed, the tea rooms her grandmother used to run closed. Her friends she left behind have moved on and perhaps not quite forgiven Flick for her sudden departure and Flick escaped to London, not just for the bright lights but because she felt it was the best thing to do, escape from the little village of Heartcross in the highlands of Scotland.Now London has lost its magic and Flick has lost her grandmother it is time to return to Heartcross, initially only for a few days. She finds a place changed, the tea rooms her grandmother used to run closed. Her friends she left behind have moved on and perhaps not quite forgiven Flick for her sudden departure and Fergus Campbell seems to be everywhere Flick turns. Flick plans to return to London but when the weather transpired against her with first snow and a powerful storm, Flick cannot go anywhere but then neither can anyone else as the only bridge into the village is swept away. Flick is stranded and feels that perhaps Heartcross is where she always should be as she pulls together the community to help each other and survive whilst someone decides how important it is to get the bridge back up. Reopening the tea room gives a place for the villagers to gather, hear news and most of all be fed as food is pooled and rationed to maintain supplies at least in the interim. It also gives Flick peace and a sense of purpose and wellbeing that she has not felt before in the village. As Flick becomes the spokesperson for the village and deals with the bureaucracy she uses some ideas to get the community to come together and solve their own problem of being stranded. But whilst they are cut off, it gives others a chance to be able to heal former rifts and friendships are reborn, relationships revisited. Will it be happily ever after for Flick and will they ever be able to cross the bridge again?  This is a wonderful heartwarming novel, which deals with many issues across a spectrum - from "cradle to grave" and all of the characters in the book are wonderful. Add to that the setting of Scotland and the power of the weather and it felt I was transported right up there and was sharing the community spirit which simply floated off the pages. This book is perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews. I am really looking forward to going back to Heartcross and catching up with everyone in the next book.
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