Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the river Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.
Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.
As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river, while finding her own new path to happiness.
The cover of this book is stunning, it made me think of the Summer when the sun is setting and the quietness of the river. Liz the author is good at describing things so that you feel as though you are there, Theo goes to live at Boatmans cottage when her marriage fails and it is not as idyllic as she first thought, the place needs a good clean and decorating. But this is the place that in time is just what she needs and time to heal. She soon finds some treasures, a bunch of hand written letters that haven’t been touch for a very long time, she sets out on a mission with the help of a few of the villagers to discover who the people were that had written the letters, she uncovers some things that she never would of imagined. I liked how the book progresses, you feel as though you are on the journey with Theo, I couldn’t wait to find out what the letters entailed. Also hearing about what Theo does to the cottage inspired me and I enjoyed reading about that part of it too. I can’t wait to read Liz’s next book.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for sending me a copy.
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