Thursday, 18 June 2015

Return to Bluebell Hill – by Rebecca Pugh

My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb:

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Ok, so first of all I just wanna say how PROUD I am of Rebecca Pugh. Ever since I got to new her she has been dreaming of this and now the moment is here! Becca is an amazing book blogger, a great friend and an incredibly talented author, I couldn’t be happier for her!

Next, how GORGEOUS is that cover?! I’m in love… <3

Return to Bluebell Hill follows Jessica McAdams, who lives in London and loves it there. Sad new make her return to Bluebell Hill, her parents died. She has never been really close to them and now it’s to late. From the beginning it’s clear that a little mystery is surrounding her parents, at first we don’t know what happened between them or how the situation was back in Jessica’s childhood. I liked this mystery and was really eager to find out!

Jessica is a wonderful character. She is dealing with a lot in this story and sometimes I couldn’t understand why she acted the way she did. It all gets clearer learning about her childhood. Her passion for her job is great and when she got her drive back and was ready to fight for what she wants, I could relate to her so easily.

Back in Bluebell Hill she gets to see Esme again, her childhood nanny and the only person connecting her to the lace now. They have a lot to talk about and then there also is Bluebell House. Jessica just wants to sell it, but she has to deal with a lot of things first.
This is also where she meets sexy, gorgeous and just amazing Rueben “again”. She met him before… He’s the gardener. Their chemistry and connection is incredible and unique. There is so much passion between them and both of them can feel it from the start, they just have different ways of dealing with it.

Rueben helps her clear the house and that’s when they discover something that is changing her whole life. It puts her childhood into a whole different light and makes her think about what she really wants. I was glad she had Rueben throughout this whole entire time, being there for her, holding her, talking to her and more. Their feelings progressed as well and when one thing leads to another Jess makes a decision that will not only hurt her. They had some pretty great, connecting and passionate moments, I loved them!

Together with her best friend Sarah, she goes after what she really wants and finally finds herself. She misses Rueben and somehow suddenly feels a connection to the house as well. The whole “sell-the-house” takes a dramatic, but also entertaining turn.

For Jess this is really a journey of discovering herself again, a journey of finding what she really wants and for going after it. Of course the path is stony, but she has some pretty great people behind her.

Becca’s writing is wonderful, full of beautiful details, charm and spark and it makes this story emotional, moving, touching and just amazing. The storyline has a great flow and the characters are so adorable.

Bluebell Hill sounds amazing! The village, the surroundings, especially the woods. Becca has such a talent to transport you right to the story and makes you never want to leave it again. Full of rich details, true feelings and romantic scenes. MAGICAL!!!!! I can’t wait to read more by this incredibly talented and gifted author!


My possible cast:

Jessica: Troian Bellisario

Rueben: Reed Favero

Rebecca on Twitter: @BeccasBoooks
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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Simona!

    Just popping by to say a MASSIVE thank you for taking part in my first ever blog tour! I'm absolutely over the moon that you enjoyed 'Return to Bluebell Hill' as much as you did, and your review is fantastic! Especially loving the casting for Rueben! ;)

    Thanks so much, Simona!
    All my love,
    Becca xxx