The Accidental Inheritance

By: Cate Woods

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for asking me to be apart of the Book Tour and providing this ARC!


A surprise inheritance. A hostile lord of the manor. A chance at a new beginning…?

When Cassidy Beeswhistle loses her job and her boyfriend within seconds of each other, it’s time for a change. Discovering her beloved late father’s connection to a tiny English village, it seems like the perfect place to start again. Especially because there’s a secret ‘lost deed’, which – if found – would return the village’s gorgeous manor house to its rightful heir: Cassidy…

On arrival in Dithercott, Cassidy is blown away by the rolling hills and glittering lake, and the local villagers welcome her with open arms – all of them but one, that is… The current lord of the manor, Ned Bamford-Bligh, is tall and fiendishly attractive with his olive skin and jet-black hair, but he is also gruff and standoffish – and he has no interest in entertaining the new girl in the village; especially one who is potentially after his home, with its ivy-covered turrets and sprawling gardens.

Despite Ned’s frosty welcome, Cassidy is drawn to his piercing, hazel-eyed glare and she’s determined she is to uncover the demons that keep him locked away behind the manor’s imposing stonework. Before she knows it, an undeniable spark builds between them…

Just as Cassidy is feeling at home in Dithercott – and in the arms of Ned – he shows up on her doorstep clutching an old roll of parchment. Is this the discovery she’s been waiting for? And if it is, will its contents bring Ned and Cassidy closer together, or push them apart…?

A heart-warming, laugh-out-loud story of home, friendship, family and finding love in the most unlikely of places. The perfect curl-up read for fans of Sarah Morgan, Milly Johnson and Jenny Colgan.


I absolutely loved this story.  The characters were engaging, and all very different.  I loved Cassidy and Mrs. T; those were probably my favorite characters. Woods made this setting seem so real that I wanted to not only move to Dithercott, but I wanted to be apart of the community and be friends with all these characters! While not everyone was welcoming at first, most of them came around and rallied behind Cassidy.  It just seemed so easy to make friends, and that is something that I struggle with.  There were two romantic interests for Cassidy, but the book wound up focusing on one.  I thought the romance was very sweet.  As I was reading the book, I could envision this easily being made into a movie.  I didn’t have a vision for what specific actor or actress could play each role, but this book is definitely rom-com movie material.  Brava to Woods on a successful book!

This book will be available on March 27, 2023. You can get your copy here.


Cate Woods made the most of her university degree in Anglo-Saxon Literature by embarking on a career making tea on programmes including The Big Breakfast, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and French & Saunders. After narrowly missing out on the chance to become a Channel 5 weather girl, she moved into the world of magazine journalism, then ghostwriting and now writes novels under her own name. She has written two best-selling romantic comedies – Just Haven’t Met You Yet and More Than a Feeling – and a festive novel, The Christmas Guest, under the name Daisy Bell. Cate lives in London with her husband and two children.

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