As the new custodian of the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, Tobias Cavendish-Blake soon discovers exactly what he's inherited. Instant financial action is needed if the Hall is to survive the mounting debts it's racking up. Adding insult to injury the family is forced to sell the Gate House on the estate to lottery winners Gary and Tracy Belcher – not the kind of neighbours Tobias was hoping for.
Megan Taylor inherits her grandmother's country cottage in the village of Treweham and decides to make a fresh start there, taking a job at the local country pub.
When Megan meets Tobias, the attraction is clear, but she is determined to resist his charms, put off by his reputation and that of his best friends – the rakish Seamus Fox, son of a millionaire race horse trainer and dastardly jockey Dylan Delany. But Tobias is a hard man to resist...
When Christian Burgoyne, heir to Bellebrook Manor, brings home his elegant new bride, Suzanna, the reception is rather chillier than expected.
Bellebrook village is close-knit and relationships from the past play a part in its inhabitant's future, particularly for Sam, Christian's illegitimate son.
The vicar, Peter Winrow, tries to keep his bohemian wife Trudy happy, but it's difficult when she's Sam's mother and when his own dark history creeps up on him.
Set in the beautiful Cotswolds, this is a story which will warm your heart and prove that first impressions can often be misleading.
Alistair Burgoyne, QC and owner of the village manor, assumes he is untouchable, until his family are tousled by Trudy Hampstead, a young girl with more kick and spirit than a lethal cocktail, who proves to be even more toxic than he is.
The residents of Bellebrook all have their own agenda, there's Matt Lovestock, a local farmer, with an unsuitable 'townie' wife, who also has reason to score even with the Burgoynes, his revenge knows no bounds.
Lizzie Hampstead, a widow and mother to twins, just wants a quiet life, no such luck...and just what is it about Peter Winrow, the rather insipid, quivering, nervous wreck of a curate?
How will it all pan out? Will the good people of Bellebrook get their own way? Some may, some may not, others certainly get what they deserve.
"Crime and upheaval comes to the good – and not so good – folk of Bellebrook and creates a charming, comfort read in the process."
- Review on TheBookBag.co.uk
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