The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin – Book Review

The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin – Book Review

The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin

The Little Village of Happiness

Author – Holly Martin
Publisher – Sphere
Pages – 379
Release Date – 18th June 2019
ISBN 13 – 978-1916011144
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken, but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate for a change, an advert offering free homes in a picturesque village on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow packs up her life and heads to the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives, she finds ramshackle cottages, shops lying empty and villagers that seem in need of cheer themselves. It’s nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington.

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together, forming a secret society to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late? Can the gift of happiness really save a village, and can it save Willow herself?

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Willow McKay recently broke up with her boyfriend Garry after four years together. She’s not upset that they split but more humiliated by the local resident’s reaction to the news and the pity looks they keep giving her. Needing to get away she sees an offer for a year’s free rent and a shop in the ‘Village of Happiness’, an offer to good to miss.

Willow packs her bags and her car and heads to the village but when she arrives it looks nothing like the leaflet she had and bleaker and run down than anything else. Upon arrival, she meets village manager Andrew Harrington, who happens to be rather dishy, but she has sworn off men.

Willow soon falls in love with the village but the residents that are still living in the village have long since given up on it, so together with help from Andrew the pair plan on making the residents feel happy again and bring life back into the village so that it lives up to its name.

The Little Village of Happiness brings you a wealth of joy and fun in one amazing book. It is the perfect pick-me-up and is filled to the brim with moments that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

Willow is such a delightful character to spend your time with. She is fun, doesn’t take herself very seriously and above all else she loves to make people happy. Andrew is a real people pleaser. He longs to help people and he is so passionate about the village. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him and it seems that he just adores life.

The village, even in a state of disrepair sounded so wonderful, if there are villages like this one offering free accommodation can someone let me know so I can move in. I was taken in by all the houses, shops and even the castle at the top of the village run by the sweet couple Kitty and Ken.

The Little Village of Happiness made me smile throughout. It made me feel happy whilst reading it and I didn’t want it to end. I now look forward to the next book in the series.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Holly Martin The Little Village of Happiness

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds.

She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 19 books.

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12 Responses

  1. Robin Taylor says:

    I had this for the Tour too. I really loved it.

  2. Ruby @ Ruby's Books says:

    I need to add this book to my TBR and read it soon because I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and everyone loved it. Great review, Stacey! Happy weekend.

  3. Kathy West says:

    I have seen this book a few times now. Maybe I need to add it to my TBR.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    This looks delightful, I wants it

  5. Shelley W says:

    Super review. The book sounds very enjoyable.

  6. It’s such a brilliant book isn’t it.

  7. Thank you. It is a fabulous book. I hope you enjoy reading it too.

  8. You really do as it is a great book.

  9. I’m surprised you’ve not read this one. Certainly your kind of book.

  10. Thank you. It really is.

  11. Emma Mane says:

    The book is beautiful. Amazing review.

  12. It really is a beautiful book. Thanks,