Monday, May 10, 2021



This new to me author, Tracy Rees had me hooked from literally the first page of this book to the last. I absolutely loved this unputdownable read.  This is definitely a read in one sitting book.

Oh my goodness I almost don’t know where to begin with this amazing book.  Gwen Stanley experiences a tragedy in her life that leaves her heartbroken, destitute and lost.  She retreats to the tiny village of Hopley, to find her way in life.  As Gwen wanders through the English countryside, at the edge of the village, she finds a tiny old dilapidated church.  Gwen pushes her way through the front doors.  As she roams through the church building, she finds a book and written inside are secrets of the town.  And then in walks local artist Jarvis, who is just as curious about the book as Gwen is.  Her relationship with Jarvis develops as the two of them decide to answer the Vicar’s request to fix the church’s roof.  Did Gwen find not only happiness but also a new purpose for her life? 

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Jarvis and Gwen and found myself cheering them on.  The English Village of Hopley is so beautifully described, it immediately became a place I would love to visit.  The characters are so well developed and relatable, that I easily visualized the story.  The flow of the the story was so smooth, that I absolutely could not put it down until I turned the last page.  I am so happy to hear that this is a new series, I can’t wait for the next book.  Thank you Tracy Rees for such a wonderful and heartfelt story, it was a fantastic escape.



Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Tracy Rees
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 7, 2021 
Pages: 285 
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‘This may just have saved my life…’ The hurried scribble in the dusty church visitors’ book catches Gwen’s eye. Just like that, she is drawn into a mystery at the heart of the pretty village of Hopley, but nothing is what is seems…

When tragedy strikes, twenty-six-year-old Gwen Stanley finds herself suddenly jobless and heartbroken. With nowhere to turn, she retreats to Hopley, a crumbling little village deep in the heart of the English countryside. Wandering the winding lanes and daydreaming about what could have been, Gwen feels lost for the first time in her life.

Until one day she pushes through the creaking doors of a tiny stone church at the edge of the village, empty and forgotten by nearly everyone. There she stumbles on a book full of local secrets and is instantly drawn into the mystery of who could have left them there, and why.

When she’s unexpectedly joined by handsome local artist Jarvis, Gwen is caught off-guard. He seems just as fascinated by what’s in the book as she is… but why? Can she trust Jarvis’s motives really are what he says they are? And are the butterfly flutters she feels whenever they’re together because she’s one step closer to learning the book’s secrets… or might the little village church actually hold the key to healing Gwen’s poor, trampled heart?


Tracy Rees was the winner of the Richard and Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ Competition and her books are paperback, ebook and audio bestsellers. A Cambridge graduate, she had a successful eight-year career in nonfiction publishing and a second career practising and teaching humanistic counselling before becoming a writer. She lives in Wales.

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