Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're pleased to welcome back Rachel's Random Resources and author Victoria Connelly as we shine a great big spotlight on her latest release! It reads as a standalone, but from the ending...there appears to be a book two still to come (*fingers crossed*), so yeah; more reading to look forward too! But enough of the future, let's talk about the present, and today's "gift" is front and center as we focus in on our ebook of choice...
The House in the Clouds
About the book...
Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.
With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.
But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?
The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.
I've read a few of the author's other works, and she has such a wonderful writing style. She builds the worlds of the characters around YOU, making you feel like an integral part of the story. You can see the gorgeous downs, feel the wind ruffle your hair as it blows through the trees, and dances around the unkept garden. The magic and majesty of the Winfield house itself is certainly not lost either, despite it needing a bit more than TLC in order to get her ready as a living space once again. You can feel the life the house has left in it to share, the desire it has to be a place of rest, repair, and dreams. That's what it brings to the initial homebuyer, and eventually his estate partner.
Edward and Abigail were both drawn to the house for their own reasons, but it worked it's magic on them equally...and continues to do so well after the papers are signed. She is settling into a new life and he is trying to find his footing once again, but in the end, they both make headway towards a future that while not laid out plain as day, is certainly coming more into focus...and that whisper of a promise at a better tomorrow is more than enough for them both.
All in all, it was a beautiful story that introduced us to two souls in search of something even they don't understand, but they know that Winfield is the place to be to achieve that internal peace they crave, while uncovering more about themselves than they ever realized possible. The only downside was the ending...but that was BEFORE I realized it was the FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY! Now, I'm more than settled with where things were left because there's MORE TO COME! (*fist pump*)
About the author...
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!