Book Review: The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin.


Holly Martin is back with another utterly charming book, that is no doubt going to be another utterly charming series, of which you can enjoy in sequence or as stand alone stories. How do I know this? Well number one, Holly shares details at the end of this story and number two, because when reading 'The Little Village of Happiness' you can't help falling in love with the secondary characters that you then want need to know more about and can just feel a story brewing. Oh she's good is Holly! :)

The Blurb.

The beautiful new story from the bestselling author of The Summer of Chasing Dreams. Escape to a little seaside village, where the sea sparkles, the sunshine is guaranteed, and change is in the air. The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken, but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate for a change, an advert offering free homes in a picturesque village on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow packs up her life and heads to the village of Happiness.
But when Willow arrives, she finds ramshackle cottages, shops lying empty and villagers that seem in need of cheer themselves. It's nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington.
His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together, forming a secret society to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.
Will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late? Can the gift of happiness really save a village, and can it save Willow herself?

My Review.

This story is pure Holly Martin. The title is so fitting for the simple fact that Holly writes happy books. You can be safe in the knowledge that when you pick up her stories they are going to be sweet, sexy and utterly romantic. I think there is something so reassuring about this. Sometimes you know exactly what you want from your next book and I personally think it's great that I can trust Holly to give me some charm, love and happiness when I need it. 

Willow was a straight talker and a doer, which I loved. When she had ideas she wanted to see them through and got so passionate about them. It was infectious. I could relate to that part of her that just wanted to get the job done and help where she knew help was needed. She didn't hang around. I also loved that she was a woman who genuinely wasn't going into Happiness broken hearted and feeling sorry for herself. It was a refreshing perspective that she was moving somewhere just because she wanted a change and so that's what she did, not because she was crying over a guy she knew wasn't right for her anyway. She made me laugh with her matter of fact speaking to Andrew, she was bold and honest which had me giggling many times. Sometimes when you like what you see, you should just say it!!

As for Andrew, he was quite wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know him and learning about his insecurities and what made him him. It was eye-opening and written very thoughtfully. He was definitely a swoon worthy male lead and one I won't forget anytime soon. 

Both Andrew and Willow made for a perfectly imperfect team. I loved the ease in which they got on and spoke to each other and I enjoyed their friendship which came first and foremost. I also loved how the two of them just wanted to make people happy. They shared that common goal and it was a lovely one. This story being set in the village of Happiness was a beautiful touch, as that's what it was all about, being happy and spreading joy. I for one think we could all do with creating little villages of happiness in our neighbourhoods, where the rules are simply to treat people with kindness and to look out for one another. Wouldn't that be something? :) 

If you're looking for an easy read, that's sweet, as well as thought provoking, i'd highly recommend 'The Little Village of Happiness.'

Happy Reading!

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