Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?
Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.
But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.
Rating - 4/5
I was hit by a tiny reading slump this week and that's why I am late reviewing this, but I'm so glad I read it because it got me out of my slump. This is my first book by this author and I see myself reading her books in the future.
Flora is our heroine, she, like it says in the blurb was abandoned on a doorstep. The story starts on a Christmas Eve night where Flora abandons her Christmas party on a whim and is on a path to go find answers, find her birth mother. Lately, she was feeling abandoned because her boyfriend cheated on her and she didn't feel like doing the whole thing celebrating the Christmas Eve drunk in a pub with strangers and all. So she heads to the small village called Pooley. And her first encounter in the town with people is not so comfortable as she almost goes to jail for accidentally assaulting a police officer. And she discovers she is already popular around in this part of the town. It was all fun to read.
Joel is our hero. He is the police officer Flora accidentally "assaults". He too just went through a breakup recently. He seems to be so curious about Flora. I liked Annie and Mike who ran the pub and also own the inn where Flora is staying at. Annie was my favourite character. She helps Flora solve her mystery. We get a lot of POVs so that was great to see everyone's perspective as everyone has some sort of secret.
Ms. Green created a nice world. It was amazing to read about a village full of people being so close. Everyone has their own secrets and it was mesmerising to see them all unfold. I wanted all the gossip and making me sit on the edge of my seat at times. I liked the ending too. I liked reading about the England version of a small town, I hadn't read any book set in a small village of England before. I felt like I was in the village and part of their community so the writing was exquisite. It was a great mystery romance novel. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it.
*An ebook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.