The Beekeeper's Cottage
Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again? Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping the beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all… Fleeing to her best friend at the flower farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor in bright red Doc Martens. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping. As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay… Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

The Beekeeper's Cottage Details

TitleThe Beekeeper's Cottage
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

The Beekeeper's Cottage Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a smal Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a small but mighty part in the story and I have to admit they are an interesting creature that I enjoyed learning about. Grace has finally decided to leave her philandering famous husband Paul. Paul is not handling it very well and threatens to take away her beloved cottage. Grace will do just about anything to hold onto her home, this leads to some scheming and a questionable deal with Paul. Grace was such a great character I loved her friendship with her neighbors and her interactions with Amos. Amos was a bit of a mystery and I could not help but wonder what he was running from. Emma Davies descriptive writing really brought these characters, the setting, and the story to life. I surely hope there is another story involving this wonderful cast of characters.*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    It was so great to be back in Hope Corner again. There is something about this fabulous setting that just transports you away from real life to this idyllic location. Even though I am not a fan of bees, I so enjoyed finding out more about them through Grace. Though don’t worry, bee’s are only a very small part of the story.Amos I was drawn to as soon as we meet him. He has an air of mystery and I was dying to find out his history. He seems to have a habit of turning up just at the right time and It was so great to be back in Hope Corner again. There is something about this fabulous setting that just transports you away from real life to this idyllic location. Even though I am not a fan of bees, I so enjoyed finding out more about them through Grace. Though don’t worry, bee’s are only a very small part of the story.Amos I was drawn to as soon as we meet him. He has an air of mystery and I was dying to find out his history. He seems to have a habit of turning up just at the right time and for Flora and her family as well as Grace, it certainly couldn’t be anymore perfect.Grace I loved getting to know better. She has a lot going on in her personal life and has some serious decisions to make. She takes things in her stride though and her friendship with Flora, Ned and his parents is a great comfort.The Beekeeper’s Cottage is such a gentle read that totally absorbs you. There is so much to love about this novel, from the wonderful setting, to the characters and all thanks to the fabulous writing style of the author. You really feel a connection with this place as well as the characters and have to say that this is one book that even if it had 1000 pages, it would never be enough as I could easily keep on reading about the residents and life there. The perfect book to read anytime full of friendship and hope.My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a gentle, feel good read grab yourself a copy of this lovely story!Amos is travelling through but decides to stay in the village of Hope Corner where he gets a job at Hope Blooms Farm, working in exchange for food and lodgings...... He's secretive about his past but has a warm heart, great ideas, is hard working and everyone makes him welcome.Grace is the beekeeper who is determined to make changes to her life, starting with throwing out her cheating husband and striving to If you're looking for a gentle, feel good read grab yourself a copy of this lovely story!Amos is travelling through but decides to stay in the village of Hope Corner where he gets a job at Hope Blooms Farm, working in exchange for food and lodgings...... He's secretive about his past but has a warm heart, great ideas, is hard working and everyone makes him welcome.Grace is the beekeeper who is determined to make changes to her life, starting with throwing out her cheating husband and striving to ensure she can keep their marital home. Her celebrity husband, however, has other ideas and is putting things in motion to sell her beloved home - probably because she's wanting to divorce him! When Amos hears about this he is determined to help her, too, in her plans to develop her home into a guest house in exchange for lessons in bee keeping. As attraction develops between these two, her husband's boss asks her to help host a weekend party in exchange ..... Should she do it? Why is Amos travelling and not settled anywhere? Can they learn to trust and find love is with someone, not a place?This is an endearing, restful but entertaining read, ideal when you want to relax and escape into a feel good romance. There are great characters, secrets to be revealed and love to be found in this delightful story which I have no hesitation in highly recommending. It definitely left me with a smile on my face!I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first foray into Emma Davies writing, and it most certainly will not be my last. She was able to spin a beautifully written love story amongst the gorgeous back drop of Hope Corner. When Amos first showed up unexpectedly to Hope Corner, I was immediately drawn to his quiet and brooding character. He didn't offer up much to his story at first, so I knew with time, all things would be revealed. Amos seemed to also have the innate ability to always be in the right place at the right tim This was my first foray into Emma Davies writing, and it most certainly will not be my last. She was able to spin a beautifully written love story amongst the gorgeous back drop of Hope Corner. When Amos first showed up unexpectedly to Hope Corner, I was immediately drawn to his quiet and brooding character. He didn't offer up much to his story at first, so I knew with time, all things would be revealed. Amos seemed to also have the innate ability to always be in the right place at the right time, which is exactly what Flora and her family (including Grace) needed. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Grace because her husband Paul really was a piece of work. Following his incessant extramarital affairs and the constant fear of being around him, Grace decides to ask for a divorce with the stipulation that she is going her beloved cottage that has become her sanctuary with its gorgeous flowers and bees. Of course Paul could careless about Grace's feelings and wants to sell the cottage anyways. He finally comes to a compromise of sorts and decides to make a game out of the scenario. If Grace can host an exclusive business party at the cottage and win him the contract with these clients, the cottage would be hers. Grace enlists the help of Amos, Flora, and Ned to ensure that the cottage will be spectacular. It's during that this time that Grace truly understands what is most important to her. This is one of those books that makes you want to curl up on the couch with an oversized blanket and a cup of hot tea while being embraced in the warmth and love this book has to offer. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    "The Beekeeper's Cottage" by Emma Davies is the perfect summer read. This book is the sequel to "The House at Hope Corner" but it can be read as a standalone book easily.. Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she "The Beekeeper's Cottage" by Emma Davies is the perfect summer read. This book is the sequel to "The House at Hope Corner" but it can be read as a standalone book easily.. Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to? No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…This is a light easy read for a lazy summer day. I instantly fell in love with the village of Hope Corner. The characters are wonderful which makes reading even more pleasurable.I highly recommend this novel to all who love Romance/Chic Lit novels.I requested and received an Advanced Readers copy from the publisher and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    I am happy the author took me back to Hope Corner where we were treated to Flora’s story in a previous book. This time it’s her neighbour Grace who is in the spotlight.Both books can be read as a standalone, but it’s always nice to know what happened before. 🙂Every book I have already read by this author has a hugh amount of romance in it, but she adds a lot of depth by tackling a more serious matter as well.How long do you have to remain trapped in the situation you are in now? Isn’t it time to I am happy the author took me back to Hope Corner where we were treated to Flora’s story in a previous book. This time it’s her neighbour Grace who is in the spotlight.Both books can be read as a standalone, but it’s always nice to know what happened before. 🙂Every book I have already read by this author has a hugh amount of romance in it, but she adds a lot of depth by tackling a more serious matter as well.How long do you have to remain trapped in the situation you are in now? Isn’t it time to take your life in your own hands and do something about it? But are you prepared to conquer the consequences? Are you strong enough to face them?It’s so much easier to battle when you have the support of friends and a godfather of the fairy kind. But when it seems he has his own problems to deal with it’s time to return the favour. 🙂It was also interesting to get a peek into the buzzy live of some little flying insects.This book is about letting go, taking control of your life, friendship and love. 4 stars.Thank you, Emma Davies, Bookouture and Netgalley.https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
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  • Rose English
    January 1, 1970
    What a great 'buzz:' this book givesFrom the vibrant cover, to the stunning setting in the village of Hope Corner this book has the key ingredients to a page turning summer read. Throw in the beautifully descriptive passages, and a bunch of loveable characters especially being re-acquainted with one of my favourite characters of all time - Amos Fry then you have another 5* story. I did not realise this was book 2 in a series and I think it is easily read as a stand-alone. Amos is mysterious in a What a great 'buzz:' this book givesFrom the vibrant cover, to the stunning setting in the village of Hope Corner this book has the key ingredients to a page turning summer read. Throw in the beautifully descriptive passages, and a bunch of loveable characters especially being re-acquainted with one of my favourite characters of all time - Amos Fry then you have another 5* story. I did not realise this was book 2 in a series and I think it is easily read as a stand-alone. Amos is mysterious in all the books he has appeared in. Always turning up at a place that really needs his help, and all he asks in return is usually simple board and lodgings. This time however he meets Grace a beautiful soul on his own wave-length. A beekeeper in tune with nature who Amos is helping. As I said wonderful summer reading. Very highly recommended.
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I have just read every one of Emma Davies' books, back-to-back, and I cannot say how much I have enjoyed them.This one, by no means left me disappointed, but as per my progress update, I was a little confused as I'm sure Amos was in at least one of the other books, but can't find reference in synopsis. It certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of every single book.If you want the feel good factor, these books cannot be recommended highly enough by me.I would have given them 10 stars!
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the sequel to The House at Hope Corner. We return not just to Flora and Hope Corner, but more specifically Flora’s neighbour and friend, Grace. Whilst it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone book easily. I loved the first book and was really enthralled by Flora’s story. I had already met Grace so already knew her back story of being in a loveless marriage to a womanising TV personality. Grace was such an interesting character in the first book, so was rea This book is the sequel to The House at Hope Corner. We return not just to Flora and Hope Corner, but more specifically Flora’s neighbour and friend, Grace. Whilst it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone book easily. I loved the first book and was really enthralled by Flora’s story. I had already met Grace so already knew her back story of being in a loveless marriage to a womanising TV personality. Grace was such an interesting character in the first book, so was really happy to be reading her story this time around!Grace’s husband in this book was just as obnoxious and unpleasant as he was in the first. I really felt for Grace particularly when her husband arranges for the house to be put up for sale without her agreement, but then after a while I figured she was certainly better off without him. Amos was my favourite character of the book! He was just so magical, almost a male version of Mary Poppins!! The writing conjured up such great images of him, and whilst being older than the usual romantic interest in books like this, his character was still very likeable. Turning up at Hope Corner offering his work for free in return for accommodation was unusual, but as Amos’s story progresses you begin to understand why he lives the life he does.The aspect of bees and beekeeping obviously play a big part in the story – the title of the book is a bit of a giveaway!! It was really interesting and completely different to have bees feature in a storyline and I found myself captivated by how hives work, how the bees live and how you look after them (I also found myself with newly found respect for the honeybees I currently have nesting in my extractor fan vent!). The images of the fields of colourful flowers, bees collecting their nectar and big old Amos in his beekeeper’s suit will stay with me for a very long time!Of course, we all know that this is also about the birds and the bees (a terrible pun, I know!) and as in books of this genre, there is always going to be a romance. We can also guess quite quickly as to who the romance will be between, but there is always going to be some secrets and past histories which will need to be worked through first! It was obvious there was more to Amos than meets the eye and when his story is revealed it certainly bought a tear or two to my eyes!I loved this book just as much, if not a little bit more, than the first one! The story was captivating and the characters were absolutely perfect! I have since read that Amos also features in a kindle short read by this author, Merry Mistletoe, which I will definitely be looking out for! A heart-warming wonderful tale of good old fashioned romance! This perfect summer read will leave the aroma of the flowers and the buzz of the bees warming your heart for a good while after you’ve finished reading it! Highly recommended!!
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    Four years I have been waiting for this story The Beekeeper's Cottage to be told. That's the length of time since I read Emma Davies' absolute gem of a novella Merry Mistletoe which introduced us to the character of Amos Fry. If you haven't read that short story than I suggest you do so as it will really give you a flavour as to why Amos is such a special character that just has this most wonderful aura and sense of calm and serenity surrounding him. He struck such a chord with me that I was gut Four years I have been waiting for this story The Beekeeper's Cottage to be told. That's the length of time since I read Emma Davies' absolute gem of a novella Merry Mistletoe which introduced us to the character of Amos Fry. If you haven't read that short story than I suggest you do so as it will really give you a flavour as to why Amos is such a special character that just has this most wonderful aura and sense of calm and serenity surrounding him. He struck such a chord with me that I was gutted the way everything was very much left on a cliffhanger in Merry Mistletoe and I was desperate to know more about him and his circumstances. Well finally the time has come and many books later Amos has reappeared and as always he wants to help people but hopefully now we will get some decisive answers to the innumerable questions I have always had about this character.Amos is an enigma, a free spirit, a wanderer and someone who keeps his cards close to his chest which really makes for an intriguing character and one you want to get to know better. With no fixed abode, Amos is transient roaming from place to place and venturing to many places where some unknown source or inner feeling may call him. He has been travelling for so long on a quest only he knows the motivations for but with his arrival at Hope Corner Farm will his story come full circle? Just why has this little oasis of beauty beckoned him? Who is in need of help and why?We return to Hope Corner Farm and to characters who have become familiar in Emma's previous book The House at Hope Corner. It was lovely to catch up with Flora, Ned, Hannah and Fraser and I thought the way their strand of the story was utilised was excellent. They are the people that give Amos a place to stay in return for some work that needs doing. They have ambitious plans to extend their flower farm and will grab any opportunities of help that are extended. But it is not the residents of the farm that really catch Amos' attention, although he does strike up a close bond with them. No it is their next door neighbour Grace. A woman similar to Amos in so many ways, which only become apparent the further we delve into the story.Grace has been dealt a lot of blows recently and she has come to realise she needs to value each thing in her life as they may not always be there. She has reached the difficult decision that her marriage to Paul must come to an end. She can no longer tolerate the affairs or the state of perpetual fear or of being on edge that she feels around him. When Paul is confronted and a divorce sought, he plays his trump card. Grace's beloved cottage that she has spent so much time building up and tending to the gardens and her beloved bees are to be sold. Grace if not already in a state of distress is blindsided and filled with anger and sadness. What can she do to stop her beloved home being lost to her forever?Grace was very much in tune with nature and her surroundings as was Amos. But her confidence and vitality has been sucked out of her due to Paul's overbearing and domineering personality. There was a rawness and vulnerability to her that was in danger of being exploited. Now is a turning point in her life and the decisions she makes will have a profound effect on the path her future takes. Amos soon realises it is Grace he is meant to help. He has to trust his instincts and over time draw things out from Grace, to help her unload her burdens. He understands that this will not come easy but will take, patience and consideration and that's what I love about Amos.Amos is not your typical male character out to seek love and then ensues a lot of will they won't they for the remainder of the book, his journey is a different one as he seeks to assuage his guilt. For what we don't know but Grace never puts him under intense pressure to reveal all although she does question him. I knew when the time was exactly right that the revelations would come and at last Amos' truth would be told. But while I waited to reach that pivotal point I was more than content to read about Grace and how she would rectify the error of giving up her life, her hopes, dreams and aspirations to make Paul's life and career in TV a major success.To many it would seem the arrival of a stranger on the doorstep of Hope Farm and his subsequent immersion into their lives would be very strange. How can you allow a person you had never met before to become so deeply involved in your personal life? Grace believes that she should be feeling anxiety and unrest with Amos there at every turn but instead he is a form of solace and comfort and it all feels so natural and as if everything was meant to turn out this way. As a reader, I thought the same but given I had gotten to know Amos in the previous story I felt I had a good understanding of this character already and I knew that his intentions were always worthwhile and genuine. Ok, there is an air of magic and allurement surrounding Amos and at times you do have to suspend your disbelief that he gets things even before the characters do. How does he do this? But really it all added to my fascination with this man and for Grace I'm sure she felt the same.Sometimes, we can't explain things or pinpoint why we feel a certain way and therefore we are better just to go with the flow. Amos was leading Grace in a direction he felt was positive for her to ultimately try and save her house and she just had to trust her instincts as he himself had done for so long. Amos always turns negatives into positives and he gives people the nudge/inspiration they didn't know they needed. Anyone would want Amos by their side but at the same time he likes to retain the sense of mystery around him. He had built up an outer shell that no one had broken yet because he hadn't reached that pointed or met the right person to do so. I think he felt fearful of releasing so much emotion that he had bottled up for so long and that he would much rather deflect attention on to others. He did this by helping them which was so kind, thoughtful and brave to do but when would he let someone return the favour and do the same for him? Why did this need to happen in the first place? What had set him on the long road he had been travelling and would Grace be the one to get through a chink in his armour?The plot of The Beekeeper's Cottage moves along at a nice and easy pace gradually culminating in many revelations and not one of them was a disappointment. In fact finally acknowledging everything allowed the reader to gain an even deeper understanding and appreciation of the character of Amos. I did enjoy Grace's character too as she became the catalyst for doors to be opened into Amos' soul. In the beginning, I think both Grace and Amos were lost in different ways and needed guidance, advice, support and to find kindred spirits who would be in tune with each other. But Paul has lots of dirty deeds up his sleeve and Grace has to try and battle both with her emotions and with the man who has created so much discomfort, anger and pain in her life.Will Paul be successful in taking the cottage away from Grace and therefore brutally crushing what she has clung to for so long? Will the truth finally set Amos free and will he find the love he so desperately deserves? All will be revealed in this wonderful book that has more than done Amos' story justice. Yes, I may have been slightly apprehensive before beginning this story as I had built up Amos' character so much in my head and I didn't want the truth behind his story to be one big let down and a major fail but rest assured the wait was more than worth it. Thank you Emma Davies for deeply pleasing this reader and concluding this story so wonderfully which began with Merry Mistletoe.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Emma's work for quite a while now. I have read each and every one of her books and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. In fact they are a delight to read. I couldn't wait to grab a copy of 'The Beekeeper's Cottage'. I read this book as soon as I could and I can definitely say that it is another delightful read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.I really did feel for Grace. Grace was in a very unhappy marriage to a husband, who has frequently been un I have been a fan of Emma's work for quite a while now. I have read each and every one of her books and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. In fact they are a delight to read. I couldn't wait to grab a copy of 'The Beekeeper's Cottage'. I read this book as soon as I could and I can definitely say that it is another delightful read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.I really did feel for Grace. Grace was in a very unhappy marriage to a husband, who has frequently been unfaithful to her. The marriage breaks down and she shoos her husband out of the house. Grace views her home as being her safe haven and she absolutely loves where she lives. I feel similarly about where I live. She is a beekeeper and the bees certainly keep her occupied and in a way they are a kind of therapy for her. Her safe haven is under threat because one day a property developer turns up on her doorstep. Grace panics and flees to her neighbours, where she blurts out her problems. She is overheard by Amos, who is visiting her neighbour. Amos is a bit of a free spirit and a bit enigmatic at the same time. Amos is very curious about beekeeping and Grace agrees to teach him how to be a beekeeper and in return Amos agrees to help turn her safe haven into a guesthouse. They start to grow closer and a great friendship emerges. Grace tries to unravel the mystery of Amos and she tries to get him to talk about his past. Does she succeed in unravelling the mystery? Does she save her cottage? Does she get the happy ever after ending that she so deserves? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.'The Beekeepers Cottage' is one heck of a read. It didn't take me long at all to get into the story and to take to the characters of Amos and Grace. As soon as I started to read the book, I just knew that I was going to enjoy it. Reading this story became seriously addictive and I felt as though I was an addict who was constantly in need of her next fix. If I had to put the book down for any reason, then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book up again. It was as if the book had developed a hold over me and I didn't want to risk breaking that hold. I lost all track of time whilst reading the book. I thought that I had only been reading for about half an hour, but when I looked up to check, I was staggered to realise that I had been reading for well over an hour. I soon reached the end of the book and I was sad to say goodbye to Amos and Grace.'The Beekeeper's Cottage' is extremely well written but then I wouldn't expect anything else from Emma Davies. She draws you into the story from the first word onwards and she keeps your attention all the way through the book by keeping the story fresh and keeping the characters so likeable. Emma uses such vivid and realistic descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. I ended up quite jealous of Grace because I developed a soft spot for Amos myself. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Beekeeper's Cottage' and I would definitely recommend Emma and her books to other readers. I can't wait to read more from Emma Davies. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.
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  • Gia
    January 1, 1970
    We are introduced to Grace just as she is about to end her marriage of thirty years to an abrasive, insufferable, philandering husband. No longer interested in fighting this lost cause, she has reached the point where her courage must overcome her lack of confidence. Grace’s only interests lie in fighting to keep her beloved cottage and her cherished bees.Amos has spent years wandering; allowing his intuition to guide him to where he feels he might make a positive change in someone’s life, silen We are introduced to Grace just as she is about to end her marriage of thirty years to an abrasive, insufferable, philandering husband. No longer interested in fighting this lost cause, she has reached the point where her courage must overcome her lack of confidence. Grace’s only interests lie in fighting to keep her beloved cottage and her cherished bees.Amos has spent years wandering; allowing his intuition to guide him to where he feels he might make a positive change in someone’s life, silently seeking deliverance at every opportunity. He finds himself offering his trade skills at Hope Corner where he is welcomed with sincere cheer at his impeccable timing but also, with a few raised eyebrows and wonder at how he did show up, seemingly out of nowhere.With enthusiastic encouragement and gentle nudging from her friends, Grace is persuaded to turn her talent for design, and love of entertaining into a career, and starts making plans to open up her cottage as a bed and breakfast…with a bit of a buzz - offering her guests the unique opportunity to learn about beekeeping. As Amos starts the renovations and spends more time with Grace, a deeper sense of connection begins to bond them together. Can Grace finally find unconditional love with this mysterious, nomadic gentleman who seems so genuine, yet is so very vague about himself? Will Amos finally be able to trust someone to love him once he reveals what haunts him and has kept him from getting too close to anyone? Reading The Beekeeper’s Cottage is like inhaling deep breaths of the glorious fragrance of all the brightly coloured flowers that Emma Davies beautifully describes. It immerses you in the slowed down pace of quaint, country living, and surrounds you with lovely personalities you wish you knew. The Beekeeper’s Cottage is a lovely romantic read. It is a heart-warming journey of the pursuit of dreams, finding forgiveness, seeking redemption, and full of that eternal spring of hope.I highly recommend this as one of this summer’s feel-good, must-reads.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the read of Emma Davies’, The Beekeeper’s Cottage.The opinions expressed in my reviews are my very own.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Buzzing with a hint of mystery, this lovely tale of moving on is a delight to read.The first thing I loved about this story was the setting. The way both Grace’s cottage and Flora’s flower farm were described made me feel so happy and so at home, I immediately warmed to the characters within.I had no idea this was the second book in a series, the first of which was Flora’s story. I shall definitely be looking that one out as even though this book has their story all wrapped up and thriving, it w Buzzing with a hint of mystery, this lovely tale of moving on is a delight to read.The first thing I loved about this story was the setting. The way both Grace’s cottage and Flora’s flower farm were described made me feel so happy and so at home, I immediately warmed to the characters within.I had no idea this was the second book in a series, the first of which was Flora’s story. I shall definitely be looking that one out as even though this book has their story all wrapped up and thriving, it will be nice to read the story of how they got there. I also believe there was a short novella which introduced us to Amos, one of our main characters here so I will also be looking that up.Speaking of Amos, I liked him right away. He had a way of knowing just where and when he was needed, not asking for anything in return, other than a place to lay his head, be it under a roof or under the stars. The image of him sleeping in Grace’s garden made me feel just as safe and content as it did Grace herself.I loved how Grace interacted with her bees. Such misunderstood creatures but so beautiful and hard-working, they are just like Amos. They don’t bother anyone unless annoyed and they work so hard for their queen. I especially liked the way Grace talked to them, seeking advice and solace from her wretch of a husband, I’m so glad he got his comeuppance.I like Emma Davies’ style of writing, her descriptions are spot on, so much so I can picture everything and everyone in such details, right down to Amos’ red Doc Martens.I also enjoyed the fact the main characters were slightly older than the usual romantic novels featuring couples in their twenties or thirties. It just proves life and love don’t end at thirty-five.I hope to see more from Emma Davies in the future.
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  • Karen Mace
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me at the cover! A gorgeous house set in a gorgeous garden - it's my idea of heaven! And with the character of Grace I also found a kindred spirit! She's always happiest when she's in her garden! She understands the role it plays - both in nature and in her wellbeing! The peace it gives her from the stressful world around her, and the stressful situation she finds herself in when she calls it quits on her marriage of 32 years. How she stayed with Paul for that long is beyond me, as This book had me at the cover! A gorgeous house set in a gorgeous garden - it's my idea of heaven! And with the character of Grace I also found a kindred spirit! She's always happiest when she's in her garden! She understands the role it plays - both in nature and in her wellbeing! The peace it gives her from the stressful world around her, and the stressful situation she finds herself in when she calls it quits on her marriage of 32 years. How she stayed with Paul for that long is beyond me, as his behaviour through the book had me shouting at him on numerous occasions! But she's finally had enough and stands up for herself and wants to take back control of her own life.Her dream is to keep her home where she tends her beehives, but her ex has other ideas for the future of the house so she is left to turn to her good friends for advice and help in thinking up ways to try and keep her dreams alive. When Amos arrives in town he has everyone talking, not least Grace and she finds herself letting him help her - he's not one to give much away though and she finds herself intrigued by him and his backstory as he's always quite vague when people ask him. I found myself wondering what he was hiding too!I adored the setting and the characters of The Beekeeper's Cottage - the scenery was brought to life so stunningly that you could almost hear the hum of the bees and the scent of the flowers in the garden! In her ex you have the perfect villain to get you on the side of Grace and it was lovely to have slightly older characters as the main focus of this story showing that you can follow your dreams whatever your age! A wonderful read!!
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Grace has a special relationship with her bees – they tell her things, she talks with them, and everyone manages to benefit from that connection. But a stranger has appeared at the flower farm run by her friend Flora and her husband, in the form of an itinerant worker, Amos, who seems to be drawn to the places and people who need him most, in his efforts to atone for some long-past issues. Amos and Grace are drawn to one another, even as she’s battling her husband for a divorce and the ownership Grace has a special relationship with her bees – they tell her things, she talks with them, and everyone manages to benefit from that connection. But a stranger has appeared at the flower farm run by her friend Flora and her husband, in the form of an itinerant worker, Amos, who seems to be drawn to the places and people who need him most, in his efforts to atone for some long-past issues. Amos and Grace are drawn to one another, even as she’s battling her husband for a divorce and the ownership of the cottage she has so lovingly decorated and maintained. Spending years helping him to entertain and progress in show business, he’s now trying to sell the house out from under her -because he can. But Amos, Flora and the gang are determined that Grace should stay and find a way to make the cottage and her skills bring in income. Emma Davies has a way of making you a part of the story as you sit at the farmhouse table or out in the garden, just taking In the sights, scents and atmosphere. We care about the people because they are people we want to know and befriend, and their homes and lives are often ones to envy – even when things are tough. More importantly, the stories are life-affirming and hope-affirming, sure to leave you with a smile and some slowly formulating plans to move to a cottage somewhere in the country. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Joanne D'Arcy
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Davies has done it again with a book which captures you from the start, where you can hear the hum of the bees working in their hives, you can feel the tension that emanates from the cottage and you can feel the love that is clearly everywhere to be had.Grace, who we meet first in The House at Hope Corner as Flora's closest neighbour is the main protagonist in this story. You do not need to have read this book to enjoy the story but I knew from prior reading that Grace's life was a difficul Emma Davies has done it again with a book which captures you from the start, where you can hear the hum of the bees working in their hives, you can feel the tension that emanates from the cottage and you can feel the love that is clearly everywhere to be had.Grace, who we meet first in The House at Hope Corner as Flora's closest neighbour is the main protagonist in this story. You do not need to have read this book to enjoy the story but I knew from prior reading that Grace's life was a difficult one and she had been in the shadow of her husband for a very long time. Her beekeeping was her life.Grace decided that her life needed to change and getting rid of her philandering husband, a local TV celebrity whilst being one of the toughest decisions and hardest to make - it is in fact the aftermath which is going to prove even more of a challenge.Grace's husband, is not going to go quietly and therefore to make the most noise he wants to take the cottage that has been grace's home and sanctuary for many years.Grace has a battle on her hands and she is prepared to fight.But she is not prepared for the appearance of a wandering stranger who pitches up at the Flower Farm next door to help Flora and who suddenly develops an interest in beekeeping.Amos, handsome, in curious bright red Doc Martens and an air of Mary Poppins about him - there when needed and gone when not, has a past which he is clearly running away from. But Grace has done something to him and it looks like perhaps Amos has finally found to a place to stay.Of course this book is full of romance, but this is steeped in tragedy from difficult pasts that need laying to rest until new futures can be created. Emma Davies does it so subtly that you are so invested in these characters it is almost heartbreaking to stop reading about them and their lives.An excellent summer rad, full of warmth and the sweet taste of honey. Highly recommended and I would love to revisit these characters at some point.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    Having read Emma Davies' work since her very first novel, I have come to expect warmth and compassion in her novels, and I'm never disappointed!Grace has the most beautiful country home with a large garden in a gorgeous setting where she keeps her beehives. The only blot on the landscape is her lying, cheating husband - and she has decided their marriage has come to the end of the road. What she didn't expect was him to threaten to sell the house from under her ...With Emma's trademark warmth, t Having read Emma Davies' work since her very first novel, I have come to expect warmth and compassion in her novels, and I'm never disappointed!Grace has the most beautiful country home with a large garden in a gorgeous setting where she keeps her beehives. The only blot on the landscape is her lying, cheating husband - and she has decided their marriage has come to the end of the road. What she didn't expect was him to threaten to sell the house from under her ...With Emma's trademark warmth, this is a lovely read which will seep into your bones and leave you with a feeling of happiness and contentment. I hadn't realised - until I began reading - that it was a follow-on to The House at Hope Corner and whilst this is an excellent stand-alone read, your pleasure can only be doubled by reading that one first. With the main character named Grace, and the dog called Brodie, this book felt as if it was written just for me!With a most glorious country setting and a splendid array of characters, this is an absolute joy to read, and with the terrific weather we've been having recently, I could feel the sun beating down on me just as it was in the book. An excellent structure, well-planned plot combined with a couple of twists and turns and a secret or two all contribute to this novel excelling in the genre. A superb addition to Emma's writing, I recommend this to all lovers of a feel-good read and, as such, it's absolutely a solid five star read.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The Beekeeper's Cottage by author Emma Davies will touch many of your emotions as you read the story of Grace and Amos. Grace is a beautiful woman who loves her home and gardens, enjoys beekeeping, and is ready to ask her selfish husband for a divorce. She has had enough of Paul's lies and infidelities and all she wants is her home with some peace of mind. Amos is a very intuitive stranger who offers to work and help at the flower farm in the village of Hope Corner. As the friendship between Gra The Beekeeper's Cottage by author Emma Davies will touch many of your emotions as you read the story of Grace and Amos. Grace is a beautiful woman who loves her home and gardens, enjoys beekeeping, and is ready to ask her selfish husband for a divorce. She has had enough of Paul's lies and infidelities and all she wants is her home with some peace of mind. Amos is a very intuitive stranger who offers to work and help at the flower farm in the village of Hope Corner. As the friendship between Grace and Amos deepens, Grace wonders if Amos is carrying a burden and a secret, maybe he is trying to escape from an event or memories. Life for Grace is becoming more difficult as Paul refuses to allow Grace to have her house. It is the way he can hurt her the most. Paul's boss asks Grace to host a business house party for very important clients. He makes an agreement with Grace that he will persuade Paul to allow Grace to have her house if his company wins the new contract. So it is 'Game On' as Grace, Amos, and her dear friends Flora and Ned try to help. During all the work to freshen the house, beekeeping, and tending friendships, Grace realizes what is most important to her life. The Beekeeper's Cottage is a wonderful and encouraging summer read!
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  • Monica Mac
    January 1, 1970
    Yay, we are back in Hope Corner again, and this time the story concentrates on Grace. Grace lives next door to Flora and Ned (and Ned's parents), on a flower farm. Grace keeps bees and she is finely in tune with them, in a way that very few others are. One day Amos comes to work on Flora and Ned's farm, in return for food and board. He is keeping a secret that keeps him on the move constantly, but he can't resist a damsel in distress and Grace is in need of some help. I absolutely adored this bo Yay, we are back in Hope Corner again, and this time the story concentrates on Grace. Grace lives next door to Flora and Ned (and Ned's parents), on a flower farm. Grace keeps bees and she is finely in tune with them, in a way that very few others are. One day Amos comes to work on Flora and Ned's farm, in return for food and board. He is keeping a secret that keeps him on the move constantly, but he can't resist a damsel in distress and Grace is in need of some help. I absolutely adored this book! I love how all the characters are described, and it was so nice to meet up with Flora and Ned once more and get to know Grace better. Her husband Paul was suitably horrid and the author did a great job of characterising him as well! The friendships between them all and even the bond that formed between Maria and Grace, brought tears to my eyes. All told, this was a beautiful read and I would love to go back to Hope Corner at some point again, just to see what happens with them all. 5 stars from me.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.
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  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story about two people finally finding the freedom they deserve, this book is very well written. I felt at home right from the very first page. The sense of tranquility and place is lovely.As well as the wonderful love story (and slight mystery) at the centre of this book, I particularly enjoyed the scene when Amos shows the estate agent around Grace’s house, which made me chuckle several times. The information about bees was fascinating, and I appreciated the way they fitted into th A beautiful story about two people finally finding the freedom they deserve, this book is very well written. I felt at home right from the very first page. The sense of tranquility and place is lovely.As well as the wonderful love story (and slight mystery) at the centre of this book, I particularly enjoyed the scene when Amos shows the estate agent around Grace’s house, which made me chuckle several times. The information about bees was fascinating, and I appreciated the way they fitted into the story.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a summer romance with a touch of humour and mystery. And, of course, a satisfyingly happy ending!I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Grace thinks she's finally going to live the life she wants to live - but her ex-husband is still out there poking at her. She's living in her cottage and keeping bees but that's not going to make enough to keep the wolves, and the property developed at bay. Luckily (for us as well as her) she lives next to Flora and her flower farm. Don't worry if you didn't read the first book because Davies gives you enough of Flora's story without overwhelming Grace's. That's where Grace meets Amos, whose id Grace thinks she's finally going to live the life she wants to live - but her ex-husband is still out there poking at her. She's living in her cottage and keeping bees but that's not going to make enough to keep the wolves, and the property developed at bay. Luckily (for us as well as her) she lives next to Flora and her flower farm. Don't worry if you didn't read the first book because Davies gives you enough of Flora's story without overwhelming Grace's. That's where Grace meets Amos, whose ideas and assistance are invaluable and who is, well a heart throb. He's got a secret, though, and Grace, braver than many of us might be, decides to seek out Maria. These are great characters and the plot is delightful. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. A very good read.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    There was so much I loved about this book that I hardly know where to start. If you read The House at Hope Corner, the backdrop and many of the characters will already be familiar – but, although it was good to see how their lives have moved on, there’s no problem at all should this be your first encounter. Grace was a strong character, on the periphery of the earlier story, who really intrigued me, and it was so good to see her take centre stage. And then, there’s Amos – I’d met him before, but There was so much I loved about this book that I hardly know where to start. If you read The House at Hope Corner, the backdrop and many of the characters will already be familiar – but, although it was good to see how their lives have moved on, there’s no problem at all should this be your first encounter. Grace was a strong character, on the periphery of the earlier story, who really intrigued me, and it was so good to see her take centre stage. And then, there’s Amos – I’d met him before, but I’d forgotten how much he’d impressed me with his quiet strength and serenity.The story is really excellent, and so well told – Grace’s fear over losing her home as her marriage disintegrates, her lying and cheating husband who thinks he can pull the wool over everyone’s eyes, the support of her friends and neighbours, and her own efforts to make it a happy ending. Amos is there for her in so many ways, their attraction growing with a warmth that brought tears to my eyes – but this is his story too, with revelations and surprises about the reasons for his itinerant life. This book positively radiates warmth – the glorious summer itself, the scent of flowers and the humming of the bees, its vivid setting, but also with its very real depiction of love and caring, as they take their cautious steps towards a second chance romance.At times, the book is very funny – and there’s really a nice lightness and gentle humour throughout. But it also explores the darker side of relationships, where you want nothing more than for some to have their rightful comeuppance. It explores the notion of “home” – and very beautifully, from the human perspectives of its main characters and drawing on analogies with the lives of the bees. And there’s a tremendous authenticity about this book’s emotional content, as you share the thoughts of both Grace and Amos and yearn for them to share them with each other. Then there are some people who behave very badly indeed – and there are others who surprise you in the loveliest ways.This book really was the most perfect summer read, but with a depth that made it such a satisfying read – and I don’t think the author’s writing, which I’ve always enjoyed, has ever been better. I really loved this book, and recommend it most highly.
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  • Janette
    January 1, 1970
    I had read and loved the previous book, The House at Hope Corner, so I was looking forward to this one and I wasn't disappointed. Well written with a wonderful setting and lovely characters who I could easily identify with. I love the community spirit and would love to live in Hope Corner or somewhere like this. I think this book could be easily be read as a standalone novel but would recommend starting with The House at Hope Corner.I have read all of Emma's other books and highly recommend them I had read and loved the previous book, The House at Hope Corner, so I was looking forward to this one and I wasn't disappointed. Well written with a wonderful setting and lovely characters who I could easily identify with. I love the community spirit and would love to live in Hope Corner or somewhere like this. I think this book could be easily be read as a standalone novel but would recommend starting with The House at Hope Corner.I have read all of Emma's other books and highly recommend them all as they are a delight to read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ~bookworm~
    January 1, 1970
    I was not aware until after I had read the book, that this was a sequel to another. That would explain a few gaps in character development/explanation at the start but really it didn't detract from this being a heart-warming summer read - perfect for by the pool/sitting in the garden etc. The characters are good, the storyline is quite typical, but its the little details that make this book something a little special - the descriptions of the gardens are glorious, you can almost taste the homema I was not aware until after I had read the book, that this was a sequel to another. That would explain a few gaps in character development/explanation at the start but really it didn't detract from this being a heart-warming summer read - perfect for by the pool/sitting in the garden etc. The characters are good, the storyline is quite typical, but its the little details that make this book something a little special - the descriptions of the gardens are glorious, you can almost taste the homemade lemonade or the sticky honey & the bees add to the charm of the countryside story. Delightful!Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley, but all opinions are my own
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored reading this book. I couldn't put it down once I started to read it. It is such a heartwarming and feel good book.The book features the mysterious and magical Amos Fry from Merry Mistletoe, one of the tales from Appleyard books. We are also reunited with Flora and family from the farm at Hope Corner, as they work to help Grace keep her cottage after her divorce.It is wonderful to be reunited with previous characters, but this book can also be read as a standalone novel.Everyt I absolutely adored reading this book. I couldn't put it down once I started to read it. It is such a heartwarming and feel good book.The book features the mysterious and magical Amos Fry from Merry Mistletoe, one of the tales from Appleyard books. We are also reunited with Flora and family from the farm at Hope Corner, as they work to help Grace keep her cottage after her divorce.It is wonderful to be reunited with previous characters, but this book can also be read as a standalone novel.Everything about the book is lovely, the cover, the characters and the storyline. I cannot recommend it highly enough.Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my ARC.
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  • Sally Tyrer
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely gentle summery easy read! The descriptions of hope corner and beekeepers cottage transport you to an idyllic landscape of a picture perfect rural setting with fields of beautiful blooms and bee hives!The added romance that blossoms between grace and Amos makes for a lovely feel good read as these two lost souls seek out and find each other, each getting a second chance at love!Thank you net galley for this early read
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I adore books by Emma Davies. The settings are so beautifully drawn that you really feel as though you know the area and the characters are wonderful.Grace is starting a new chapter of her life and when Amos turns up he seems to hold the key to smoothing out the difficulties and making the future look rosier. But he never stays in one place long, he seems to know where and when he is needed, then he moves on. Will Grace manage to get him to stay?!I was so sorry to get to the end of this one!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a lovely book that I keep thinking about the characters weeks after finishing it. It's the kind of book that seemlessly incorporates everything a good book should - a mysterious hero who appears from nowhere, a browbeaten wife who fights back, supportive villagers and a scenic setting, not to mention bees. This is the very essence of summer distilled into a book that you won't want to finish. I loved it.
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  • MetLineReader
    January 1, 1970
    Another warm and engaging tale from this wonderful author whose books are guaranteed to transport me to a beautiful setting. I’m not a particularly whimsical person but I loved the descriptions of the flowers, the bee hives and the glorious fields. A fabulous tale of friendship and instinct, this book brings together a great cast of characters that are realistic, facing every day challenges.A lovely read which I galloped through. 4.5*
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  • Rachel Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in this series, this is the story of Grace and Amos.Grace has just asked her cheating husband for a divorce, and the only thing she wants to keep hold of is her cottage. When he threatens to sell it, she knows she has to stop him. Her friends are keen to help her, as i newcomer Amos. No one know much about him, but soon he comes to mean a lot to Grace.Great read.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review
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