When Evie Stone's grandparents enlist her help to save their home in Cupid's Way, Evie is happy to oblige. On the cusp of her thirties, and still disappointingly single, Evie's so-called dream job with a firm of architects has been driving her crazy for months. What she needs, even more than a new man, is a challenge.
But saving Cupid's Way won't be easy. A perfectly preserved Victorian terrace, surrounded by modern estates and retail parks, the street is a proud oasis of quirky characters, cobbled pathways and communal gardens. Unfortunately, it also sits on prime development land worth millions.
Dynamite Construction have the deal in the bag, and soon the residents of Cupid's Way will be forced to sell up and ship out - CEO Michael Andrews, charismatic and super-successful, has certainly never let sentimentality get in the way of business. At least, he hadn't until he met Evie Stone.
I enjoyed this book from the very first page. I thought Evie was a delightful character, feisty and genuinely good. I loved Mavis and Frank, her grandparents and the strong relationship she had with them. I cried when I found out why Mavis didn't want to leave the house, feeling her emotions deep inside of me. Michael, I thought was a great character too, and I really enjoyed the sparky moments between him and Evie.
The way that the book was written felt like even the characters that didn't have such a big part, were perfectly developed, easily imaginable and absolutely integral and necessary for the plot to flow.
This is a story about people fighting for what they believe in and to keep their memories alive and doing whatever it takes to make that happen. The fact that the ending was happy-ever-after made it all the more delightful for me. I do love a happy ending!
I've read and enjoyed all of Jo's books but I definitely think that this is her best one yet. Her writing seems to have developed into something more over the years I've been reading her work.
A really great read Joanne, well done!
Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire with her husband and young daughter. She's the author of romantic comedies Can't Live Without and The Family Trap, and the Flora Lively series of contemporary mysteries. Can't Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework. She's a fan of super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef.
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