For my second post of the day I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for heartwarming family drama Coming Home to Hope Street by Marcie Steele, alter ego of the always wonderful Mel Sherratt. Thank you to Sarah Hardy and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this lovely book.
About the book:
Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.
Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.
Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?
It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.
But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?
Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. She can often be found sitting in her favorite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.
Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
Coming Home to Hope Street by Marcie Steele is a gentle paced and heartwarming read that was exactly the kind of book I needed in these strange and uncertain times we find ourselves in right now. Although the second book in a series, this is the first one I’ve read, which is something I will definitely rectify in the very near future. I didn’t feel this impacted on my enjoyment of the story, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the many and varied residents of Hope Street.
Livvy returns to Hope Street after twenty years away, with her teenage daughter Pip at her side. Hoping for forgiveness from the sister she left behind, Livvy is willing to do anything she can to try to make amends. It isn’t long before before the market town of Somerley works its magic, with Livvy’s offer of helping Hannah as she prepares to open a bookshop bringing the two sisters closer together.
But then someone from Livvy’s past arrives and the new life she has built for herself and her daughter begins to unravel. Can she convince Hannah and her new friends that she only ever had good intentions? Or is her new life about to come to an end just as it was about to get started?
What follows is a light and easy read that kept me engaged from beginning to end. With a larger than life cast of characters, Coming Home to Hope Street is a lovely story of family, friendship and new beginnings that left me with a warm glow in my heart as I turned the final page. Gorgeously written by Marcie Steele, this is the perfect book to relax and unwind with at the end of a stressful day.
A soft and gentle read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, I look forward to reading more by Marcie Steele in the future.
Coming Home to Hope Street by Marcie Steele is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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