Book Review: 'Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall' By Victoria Walters.


I read 'Coming Home to Glendale Hall' during Christmas 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed Victoria's writing style. I instantly adored her wonderful cast of characters and so, I was super excited to curl up once more with one of Victoria's beautiful books and revisit Glendale in 'Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall.'


Blurb


Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum eight years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm ...

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!



My Review

Right off the bat I loved Heather. Her anxiety and worry was something I could connect with. She was always doubting herself, and after losing her mother she struggles with relaxing when it comes to her son Harry. She wants the best for him and is terrified of not being there for him. This was definitely something that pulled at my heartstrings and I just wanted to reach out to her and hug her and tell her she was doing amazing. Furthermore, at the beginning of the story she is very much trying to fit in and find her place on her boyfriend, Rory's farm. He is a natural and has lived their his whole life and it's not something she ever imagined for herself, so she is trying to work out whether it's meant to be and she can fully commit. If you have ever felt out of place or been in a situation you never thought you would be in, then I think you will be able to relate to Heather and it's lovely being able to go on this journey with her. 


I was personally ready to dive into the pages of this book and very much wanted to live at Fraser farm, as it sounded utterly perfect to me. I kept getting swept away in imagining myself there. But it was also really great to learn and understand the work that goes into keeping a farm running. I thought Heather did wonderful and loved when she started to document her life on the farm and find her groove. It made me happy when she started to enjoy herself and enjoy the adventures that each day bought. I also loved how hard Rory worked and the passion that he had for his land, it made me smile. 


Glendale is such a gorgeous setting and I, of course, loved getting to check in with the rest of the characters. I had a huge soft spot for Rory as I loved how caring, kind, and understanding he always was. He is just so sweet and laid back and wants her to be happy, which was lovely. Getting to see how Beth and Drew were doing made my heart happy and the fact that everyone was still there for each other, lifting each other up and being supportive was truly warm and comforting. I especially liked their family dinners at Glendale Hall, they sounded so special and I really liked that they all got to do that weekly and take care of each other. 


'Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall' is such a beautiful book about finding yourself, learning to live with and understand grief and using the good memories and happy times to propel you forward and not stop you living. It's romantic, it's heart-warming and it's inspiring! 


Though it is a gorgeous festive read, I believe it can be read at any time of the year and I highly recommend you pick up a copy today! 


Happy reading! 


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