As the snowflakes fall, new love blossoms…
When teacher Florence Ashton receives a surprise inheritance, she decides to make the life-changing decision to up sticks to the charming town of Willowbury in Somerset. With a new house and a new job, she’s too busy putting down roots to think about love.
Air Ambulance pilot Sam Ellis is definitely not looking for romance either, especially not on his doorstep. When Florence, his new neighbour, complains about his noisy housemate, he feels more cross than star-crossed.
But as the nights draw in and both find themselves thrown together in Willowbury’s seasonal drama production, will they overcome their differences and allow a little bit of winter magic to fall along with the snow? And what secrets will be revealed by the box of memories Florence finds in the attic at Bay Tree Terrace?
I have read a couple of Fay’s books and I really enjoyed them. I read the synopsis for ‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’ and it certainly sounded like another amazing read from Fay Keenan. I was spot on as I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of this book but more about that in a bit.
I loved the characters of Florence Ashton and Sam Ellis and I warmed to them both from the start. Florence is a teacher. Florence inherits a house from her great aunt, which she was not expecting at all. Florence ends up moving to her late great aunt’s house and Florence also finds herself a job. She has fond childhood memories of going to Willowbury as a child to visit and sometimes stay with her great aunt. Florence regrets not having visited her great aunt more over the last few years but with work and things, she just hasn’t had the time. Moving to Willowbury is the new start that Florence needs. There are a few teething problems with the house next door, as one of the residents has a fondness for playing the electric guitar at all hours of the night. Sam is an air ambulance pilot and he first runs into (almost literally) Florence when he is distracted by a pasty and crosses the road in front of Florence’s car. It turns out that Florence and Sam live closer to each other than they might have imagined. I won’t go into any further details as I don’t want to spoil the story for anybody. Will Florence and Sam get the happy ever after ending that they both deserve? Well for the answer to that question and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out.
When I agreed to take part in the blog tour for ‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’, I hadn’t actually realised that it was the second in the Willowbury series. That didn’t make the blindest bit of difference to me because the book reads perfectly well as a standalone story. This was one of those books that immediately grabbed my attention and drew me into the story. I found that I took so well to the main characters that I felt compelled to keep reading and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I genuinely cared what happened to them and of course that meant that the pages were turning increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened steadily grew and grew. All too quickly I reached the end of the story and I had to say farewell to Florence and Sam. I do hope that we meet them again though.
‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’ is well written. In Florence and Sam, Fay has created genuinely lovable characters who were described so realistically that they seemed to leap off the page and they seemed just as real as you and I. I did end up feeling as though they had both become good friends of mine. I loved the fact that this book had snow in the title, especially as I read this book in summer when the temperatures was far hotter than I can cope with. Reading this book felt like a hug in a mug, in that the story makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s all down to Fay’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Fay’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.