Sunday, August 06, 2023



When Ellie’s husband Matthew loses his job, it causes them to almost lose their home.  Matthew and Ellie move their family from Connecticut, across the ocean, to the small village of Llandrigg in Wales.  Matthew’s mother, Gwen, ran the local Bed and Breakfast for many years when Matt’s dad, David passed away over twenty years ago.  The Inn was old and run down and it became too much for Gwen to continue to run by herself.  Matt and Ellie believe this could be the new beginning they need for their family.  Things begin to go awry when the oldest daughter Jess hates her life in Wales and misses her best friend Chloe back in the States.  Ben, Josh and Ava had their own issues with their new life, and their unhappiness shows in their actions.  But the biggest problem was the tension between Ellie and Gwen.  They tolerated each other but they can’t seem to agree on anything and that made Matt question why they ever made the move to Wales.  But not wanting to give up and not having a home to go back to in Connecticut, they have no choice but to make things work and make Wales a place they can all learn to love.

The Inn on Bluebell Lane authored by Kate Hewitt was a wonderful, heart-warming and inspiring story.  I love stories of new beginnings and starting over in a new place. All the characters in the story, from Gwen, Matt, Ellie and the four children were so likable, I found myself cheering them on, and hoping that they would love each other through the hard transition.  I loved every member of the family and I felt a connection to each of them.  Author Kate Hewitt does an amazing job of transporting the reader from the States across the pond to Wales.  Her detailed description of the beautiful setting of the small village of Llandrigg, was such a wonderful escape.  I could feel the warm sun on my face and the cool breeze across my cheek as I walked through the village.  I am so happy that this is the start of a new series, and I look forward to reading the next installment.  The Inn on Bluebell Lane is an absolute must read that I wish I could give ten stars.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 4, 2023
Pages: 365 
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As Ellie gazes up at the inn, with its white walls and purple flowers, she can’t believe this charming place is her new home. It looks like an idyllic image from a postcard, but will her troubled family fit into this picture-perfect setting?

Ellie and her family move to a tiny village in rural Wales to run her husband’s family inn, it’s meant to be a new beginning for all of them. Having left their troubles behind in America, Ellie has high hopes for a fresh start, and a chance for her family to forget the stress of the last year.

But when they arrive, Ellie realizes everything is in a far worse state than she’d imagined. And as her husband, 
Matthew, begins to tackle the renovations before the guests arrive, stripping flowered wallpaper and sanding floorboards, he becomes even more distant. Ellie had hoped being back in Wales would help him recover, but if anything he seems more haunted than ever. Is there something he’s not telling her? As Ellie tries and fails to reconnect to him, dodging pots of paint and ladders, she finds herself feeling lonelier.

As things go from bad to worse with the renovations, Ellie’s reality feels a million miles away from the rural bliss she had imagined for her family. 
Why did she think a run-down inn would be the place to reignite her marriage?

But as she stares out at the rolling fields beyond the windows, she can’t let go of the feeling that the Inn on Bluebell Lane needs her family to restore its fortunes, and that this magical place might bring the husband she remembers back to her once more…


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close a series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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