Book Review & Blog Tour: The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies (eARC)

Hello book friends! Today is my tour stop for The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies, which is hosted by Bookouture! Be sure to check the other great bloggers on this tour.

The Beekeeper’s Cottage

Author: Emma Davies

Publication Date: 06 August 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary Romance

Pages: 270

Publisher: Bookouture

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping the beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all… 

Fleeing to her best friend at the flower farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor in bright red Doc Martens. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping. 

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

This was my first foray into Emma Davies writing, and it most certainly will not be my last. She was able to spin a beautifully written love story amongst the gorgeous back drop of Hope Corner. 

When Amos first showed up unexpectedly to Hope Corner, I was immediately drawn to his quiet and brooding character. He didn’t offer up much to his story at first, so I knew with time, all things would be revealed. Amos seemed to also have the innate ability to always be in the right place at the right time, which is exactly what Flora and her family (including Grace) needed. 

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Grace because her husband Paul really was a piece of work. Following his incessant extramarital affairs and the constant fear of being around him, Grace decides to ask for a divorce with the stipulation that she is going her beloved cottage that has become her sanctuary with its gorgeous flowers and bees. 

Of course Paul could careless about Grace’s feelings and wants to sell the cottage anyways. He finally comes to a compromise of sorts and decides to make a game out of the scenario. If Grace can host an exclusive business party at the cottage and win him the contract with these clients, the cottage would be hers. Grace enlists the help of Amos, Flora, and Ned to ensure that the cottage will be spectacular. It’s during that this time that Grace truly understands what is most important to her. 

This is one of those books that makes you want to curl up on the couch with an oversized blanket and a cup of hot tea while being embraced in the warmth and love this book has to offer. 

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

Author Social Media Links:

Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her): https://www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor/

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