In her huge mansion overlooking Wyllow Cove, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Natalia Amore had everything she could possibly want. But having kicked out her adulterous ex-husband, her house is filled with nothing but echoes and Nat yearns for the coziness and bustle of seaside living. In particular, the rundown Lavender Cottage that has gone up for sale.
But when her mother has a fall, Nat’s dream of a quiet new life crumbles as she instantly brings her into her home to care for her. With her two energetic nieces then dumped on her doorstep and her recently heartbroken daughter moving back into the nest, Nat can’t possibly abandon her family… Lavender cottage will just have to wait.
That is until Irishman Connor enters Nat’s life and makes her realize that it’s okay to put herself first, and she’s allowed to wish for more.
Title: Dreams of a Little Cornish Cottage
Author: Nancy Barone
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Published: July 1, 2021
My Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4 stars for review sites)
Dreams of a Little Cornish Cottage is a story that I went into completely prepared to enjoy myself having read this author’s work before. While the story is good, it’s also a bit jangled in timelines and other small details that I won’t nitpick about. I liked parts of this story, didn’t quite understand the why of other parts of it… and the twists involved here will possibly change your opinion from the beginnings of this story to its ending.
Nat is a likable character – when she’s not obsessing about Connor’s good looks or the differences in their ages. She’s also someone I think a lot of women can identify with because she’s had to begin her life over after dumping a cheating husband and seeing her children off to their own lives. When suddenly her empty house, which she wants to trade-in for a lovely little cottage in the village, is filled once again with others needing her help… the mom who has taken a fall, the daughter recovering from a break-up, the sister who must drop off her twins for weeks on end while she goes on about her job. And the new renter who is hiding secrets of his own while encouraging Nat to put herself first for a change and go after that cottage she’s dreamed of owning… while enjoying a flirtation or more with him.
I wasn’t expecting the twist of Connor’s secret, at all. And, I’ll admit, that changed my feelings about this story. It’s not horrible simply being outside of my own comfort zone to accepting someone’s truth I guess is the best way to describe my reaction.
Dreams of a Little Cornish Cottage is basically a good story with perhaps a targeted audience. It’s one of those stories where I was entertained while reading but I won’t pick it up for a re-read kind of feeling.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for the Kindle as this title is in Kindle Unlimited at the time of this review