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Book Review: Love Nest by Julia Llewellyn


I was very lucky to receive a copy of Love Nest by Julia Llewellyn which is published by Penguin on February 4th. It follows the fortunes of four people involved in a house chain. Grace has grown up in the sprawling Chadlicote Manor but after the death of her mother she has to sell in order to settle the huge family debt. Grace wants Chadlicote to be bought by the best possible people but how easy will it be for her to leave and start a brand new life? Karen's husband Phil believes that the manor offers the new life that he has been looking for but Karen has no desire to become a lady of leisure in the country especially when a blast from the past turns up at work. Gemma's sights are are set on Karen's suburban home which is preferable to her and Alex's loft apartment particularly for bringing up the baby that she is longing for. Meanwhile Nick Crex is in one of the UK's latest rock bands and Gemma's flat will take him a step closer to the rock and roll lifestyle that he thinks he should be leading. He falls for the classy estate agent, Lucinda who may not be all that she seems but he is still going to have to explain all of this to Kylie, his devoted childhood sweetheart.

This is the first book I have ready by Julia Llewellyn but I thought that it was fantastic. It is such a good idea to link all of these characters together in this way. Moving house often means that you are at a significant point in your life and the new property often reflects your hopes and dreams for the future. All of these characters are at important junctions in life and I was completely gripped as I found out what decisions and mistakes they would make.

The characters are very believable and I think that Julia Llewellyn covers some tough subjects in an honest and sensitive way. If you have read any of her other books then please let me know if you have any recommendations as I would like to read more.

13 comments:

verity said...

Hehe - that's a coincidence, I've just finished reading her book The model wife which I enjoyed very much. Lucky you seeing this one - I was planning to look out for more books by her.

Dot said...

Verity- I've heard good things about The Model Wife, I shall have to add it to my wish list!

Chloe @ chicklitreviews said...

I read The Model Wife too and it was fab, can recommend that!

Dot said...

Chloe- Thank you, heard lots of good things about that so shall take a look!

Mrs Lil said...

This book sounds fabulous! Good review too Dot! I haven't read any of Julia Llewellyn's books before but I really want to get Love Nest now. It sounds like just my cup of tea! xx

Nadia said...

What a fun book! I have yet to read any Llewellyn books, but from what you've written, they definitely sound like the would be right up my alley. Cheers!!

Dot said...

Mrs Lil and Nadia- Thank you, I'm really pleased to have found Julia Llewellyn, just ordered The Model Wife so looking forward to reading that!

Milka said...

This one sounds great! Thanks for the review. :) And nice blog by the way. :D

Dot said...

Milka- Thank you, I really enjoyed reading it, just got hold of one of her other books so hopefully will read and review that soon!

Meg said...

Sounds like a really cute story! Books involving people at the junctures of their lives are often my favorites. Just very relatable. Great review!

Dot said...

Meg- Thank you, I really enjoyed it, I have just got a copy of one of her other books so I'm looking forward to starting that.

Kirsty said...

I really disliked this one - I thought the characters were all selfish and dull! Was surprised because I loved the authors first novel -The Love Trainer :)

Dot said...

Kirsty- That's a shame, I haven't read the love trainer but I've just got a copy of The Model Wife so I'm going to give that a go.

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