By: Emma Davies
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of the book and asking me to take part of the book tour.
Heartbroken Lowri Morgan, a young Welsh widow, is finally packing up her beloved husband’s belongings, her young daughter Wren asleep at her side. Then, hidden amongst the very last pile of papers, Lowri finds an official-looking letter – and her whole world shifts…
Her husband had a secret inheritance, one he’d never mentioned or done anything about. And now, it seemed, somewhere called Clearwater Castle was hers – and, in time, little Wren’s. How could he have hidden this from her and why? And what on earth was she going to do?
Arriving in Clearwater village, Lowri doesn’t find the fairy-tale home she’d pictured. The castle is near-derelict, a tiny cottage in the grounds barely liveable, and her responsibilities – as outlined by the ruggedly handsome but prickly local stonemason Huw – are overwhelming. This is not the future she’d imagined for her and Wren, but as the only link left to her husband, she’s determined to make the best of it.
Lowri never asked for a new start, but it seems fate has decided she needed one. As she and Huw reluctantly begin to work together, sparks start to fly between them. Can they find a way to save Clearwater Castle and bring life back to the village? What will they find out about themselves – and the mystery of the hidden inheritance – in the process? And will Lowri, heartbroken once already, find the courage to give love one more chance?
This is the first book in the Clearwater Series. I loved this book! It is heartwarming, charming and full of hope. It is hard not to fall in love with Lowri and the lovely people that she surrounds herself with. I have never rooted for a character in a book as much as I rooted for Lowri. Davies writes so that the book could be put into more than one genre. It’s romance, it’s a cozy mystery, it’s women’s fiction all rolled up into one. And it’s all enjoyable. I appreciated that there wasn’t any unnecessary background information or detail, but there was just enough detail for me to imagine Clearwater House and the estate. Oh, don’t forget your tissues because there are a few parts of the book that made me cry. I don’t doubt that anyone that reads this book will fall in love with Clearwater Castle, and all of the people there (sans Bridie). This book is for anyone really… not just those that like a particular genre.
This book will be available on May 10, 2023. You can get your copy here.
About the Author
Emma once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun, humorous, and not necessarily true anecdote about herself for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
She now lives in rural Shropshire with her three children, and two guinea pigs where she writes full time from a shed in the garden.