Book Review: 'Coming Home to Glendale Hall' By Victoria Walters

Something I haven't done in a while is sit and enjoy books in paperback form. With Kindles often being released first, and me not wanting to wait too long to dive in, I tend to pick up Ebooks. However, over the holidays I loved popping into 'The Works' and seeing all the Christmas books on the shelf. I get so excited when I see all the lovely Authors that I know and couldn't resist purchasing some beautiful reads that caught my eye. 'Coming Home to Glendale Hall' by Victoria Walters was one of them.


Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from her family and the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle - but now she’s returning to Glendale Hall.
As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.
Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Can a festive trail bring the village back together?
Will returning to Glendale bring back the old magic that she’s been missing - or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?

My Review

This was my first read from the wonderful Victoria Walters and it was absolutely delightful. Isn't it such a wonderful and magical feeling when you start reading a book and you immediately fall in love with how the author writes? That initial connection is always so special. I got drawn into Beth's story from the first chapter and thoroughly enjoyed navigating Glendale Hall with her after she had been away from home for ten years. As the reader you are experiencing it all for the first time and you feel right alongside Beth as she is rediscovering it too.

Glendale Hall just wraps you up in a giant hug. I could picture it so magnificently and just wanted to run around the grounds and explore every room. I loved that Beth got to introduce it to her daughter and how her daughter instantly felt at home there. The surrounding town and village sounded so cosy and inviting too that I absolutely had to keep turning the page to see how Beth and her Mum were going to help save it. It was such a joy too, to see Beth's Mum passionate over the project of saving the village. I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her she could do it, as I thought she was incredible in how she dealt with her husband and her poorly Mum, I desperately wanted her to have something for herself and that little light at the end of a dark tunnel.

I very much enjoyed Beth's journey of re-connecting with her family and getting to talk out and correct family issues with her Grandma. I was relieved when the secrets were shared because it enabled forgiveness between Beth and her Mum that was so very important. Seeing their relationship grow after that was so beautiful. Furthermore, I read this book at a difficult time in my life when my own Nanna was sick and it touched me very much with how Beth and her Mum looked after her Grandma/ her own Mum. It's not an easy thing to do and is so incredibly painful to see people you love in pain and just wishing you could take it all away. Beth's Mum was so strong and as I mentioned above, I was so happy that she had her project to work on and give her that sense of purpose at the end.

I loved Beth's relationship with her daughter Isabelle and how Isabelle was a little bookworm. They had such a sweet relationship that melted my heart. It was extremely lovely to see Drew come back into the picture and see what similarities he had to Isabelle too. I was very much rooting for them to like each other and have that Daddy/daughter bond. It made me smile when Isabelle starting coming out of her shell and enjoyed being outside on the farm and in the gardens and how her confidence grew being around her Dad and Glendale Hall.

As for the magical, colourful and festive light trails, I could picture them so vividly and thought they sounded amazing. I am writing this review very late but that's just making me more excited for this Christmas now. I have a feeling i'm going to want to put some lights around my garden and make my own Christmas trail! At the time of me reading this book though, it made for such a gorgeous, festive read that definitely puts you in the Christmas spirit and will inspire you to go after what you believe in and to always have hope during difficult times.

I highly recommend giving this wonderful book a read today! 

Happy reading!


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