Today I’m sharing my review of Starcross Manor for the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks to Rachel for my review copy via NetGalley.
Julia Coleman owns and runs the bed and breakfast in Heartcross, a small village in the Scottish Highlands. Several years previously she had consoled a good friend when she was dumped on her wedding day and now she was astounded to see the erstwhile groom, millionaire property developer Flynn Carter, in the local pub. Julia had another reason to dislike the man since he had bought her beloved grandfather’s house for much less than it was worth, and then demolished it. But what was he doing in Heartcross?
Julia’s business was doing really well, due to the fact Heartcross had been in the news several times recently, and had become a popular tourist destination. Julia was planning on extending the B&B to create more guest rooms in order to cope with increasing visitor numbers. In fact, all the local businesses were benefitting from the tourist trade.
When it becomes clear Flynn’s recent purchase of Starcross Manor was not to convert it into a retirement home as the villagers believed, but turn it into a luxury five star hotel, Julia was devastated. Anxious about the future of her own business and the impact the hotel will have on the villagers’ businesses in general, she calls a meeting. Flynn is about to find out what a tight knit community feeling under threat can do.
I always enjoy revisiting idyllic Heartcross and its lovely community, and I liked the fact the two main protagonists are on the mature side. It makes a nice change. They are both interesting characters Flynn didn’t have that sense of his own importance, considering his impressive business successes, regardless of Julia’s initial impressions. And Julia was also an astute business woman in her own right and willing to fight for herself and the village.
Starcross Manor is character driven, showing how the community and individuals resolve the problems that arise, and as always the emphasis is on working together, friendship and community. I love the setting and the inhabitants of the village. Several threads run concurrently and are all woven together well, with humorous moments as well as romantic ones. A light, easy and enjoyable read.
About the Book
You won’t want to miss the next spellbinding chapter in the Love Heart Lane series – where friends are there for you no matter what.
When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.
When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true. Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.
Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is. As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…