What it’s all about:
As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.
Home is where the heart is…
Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…
Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?
Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?
An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.
Firstly, I’d like to thank the wonderful Carina UK for allowing me to take part and for providing me with a copy of Return to Bluebell Hill. I’m truly honoured to be taking part in Becca’s tour for her debut and couldn’t be happier that this is my very first blog tour.
I’ve known Rebecca for some time now thanks to her blog, Becca’s Books, and felt like a proud parent when she announced that Carina UK had signed her as one of their authors. There couldn’t be a more perfect pairing and from the moment the title was announced, I knew that this was going to be one of those books where:
1. I wasn’t going to be able to stop staring at the cover; and
2. I was going to get grabby hands and need to read it ASAP!
Imagine my delight when I was told I was on the tour!! Elated isn’t the word and the moment I got home from work, I got lost in Bluebell Hill, only coming up for air when completely necessary.
Return to Bluebell Hill follows Jessica McAdams as she returns to her childhood home after the death of her parents and is given the task of emptying and selling the property. Jessica left Bluebell Hill when she was 18 and hasn’t looked back. Her relationship with her parents wasn’t the best – she was raised by the nanny, Esme – and when she did leave, they didn’t come after her. If I could pluck characters from the pages of books, Esme would be one that I would happily turn into a real person and have cosy afternoon tea with every single day. She is THE CUTEST!
Her plan to empty and sell Bluebell House so that she can return to her life in London as soon as possible don’t go according to plan, mainly thanks to the delicious gardener of Bluebell House, Rueben. Rueben, Rueben, Rueben, where do I begin? Handsome, patient, Rueben whose kisses could make even the hardest of souls go weak at the knees. The chemistry between the pair is there from the start and the fact that he makes her feel so at ease during such a life changing and soul destroying time makes you cheer their relationship on. He is her rock in so many ways while she clears the house and when the pair are together, you can’t help but smile. And that’s what happens so often throughout this book, you find yourself sat there smiling because the world you’re pulled into makes you feel genuinely happy.
The characters Rebecca has created are ones that you can’t help but wish were real. You yearn to talk to them long after the book has finished, you want them in your life for just one more chapter!
There are a couple of twists and turns for the lovely Jessica and you can’t help but want the best for her. You want her to be able to put old ghosts to rest and feel like she can let others in, you will her to stay in Bluebell Hill and leave her life in London so that she can marry Rueben and have millions of babies with him but that’s just me ha. But seriously, I would be thrilled if we could see the pair again. Hint hint Rebecca 😉
Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you want a summer read that will keep you wondering until the very last moment, that you can lose yourself completely in and is a beautiful debut from a talented young author, then Return to Bluebell Hill is the one for you.
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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.