Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wickham Hall - Cathy Bramley

Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley ( started life as a four part serial originally available to download as an e-book. However, some wonderful person decided it would be a rather fine idea to put the four together, encase it in a very pretty, eye-catching cover and publish it as a lovely, lickable paperback. And I’m so glad they did. If you’d like a quick peek at what it's about, then read on…

The story is set in the pretty village of Wickham, home to  protagonist Holly Swift, an organised, tidy and methodical individual who is having a hard time living at home with her mother, a woman with a serious hoarding problem. However, in a stroke of luck Holly is thrown right in at the deep end when she finds herself in her perfect job as events co-ordinator at her most favourite of places: Wickham Hall, family seat of Lord and Lady Fortescue. The job could’ve been made for her and in no time she becomes a well-liked and respected member of staff. Particularly by one Benedict Fortescue, son and heir of the aforementioned Lord and Lady Fortescue, who is reluctantly preparing to take over the reins of Wickham Hall. He and Holly hit it off right away and pretty soon the sparks of romance are flying…

From the moment I stepped in to the setting of Wickham Hall I was captivated. The description was so vivid and appealing it made me wish it wasn't a fictional place as I was desperate to pay it a visit! The characters were warm, funny and believable and throughout the story, thanks to Cathy’s wonderful descriptions, I was able to build a clear mental picture of them going about their business in and around the Hall. Holly and Ben come across as very likeable characters and, without giving too much away, I kept my fingers crossed that cupid would fire a well-aimed arrow and let them fall in love.

As I mentioned earlier, the book was originally separated into four parts: Hidden Treasures, Summer Secrets, Sparks Fly & White Christmas, each one with a seasonally appropriate event for Holly to co-ordinate. Binding the four stories together works really well as Cathy's  pacey writing flows seamlessly as the seaons unfurl.

Holly has a variety of dilemmas thrown her way but, in typical Holly style, she manages to successfully turn tricky situations on their head and deftly transform them into something exciting and positive. And, while Holly is dealing with her challenges, Ben is reluctantly facing one of his own: that his father is keen to take a back-seat, and leave Ben to take over the running of the Hall. Torn between loyalty and love of his parents and his desire for independence so he can follow his dreams of becoming an artist, Holly helps him discover that it might just be possible for him to do both.

As the story develops the couple bounce off one-another with a cushion of gentle humour and, in the process, realise that they are more than capable of managing their roles. And, all the while, bubbling away nicely, is a budding romance that Holly, afraid of being hurt, continually resists. Will they get their 'happy ever after'? Well folks, I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, instead you'll just have to grab a copy of the book and a mug of tea then curl up on the sofa and enjoy!

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  1. Thank you, Eliza for this wonderful review!
    Cathy x

  2. You're very welcome. Wickham Hall is such a great,feel-good story with very likeable characters. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for something heart-warming & snuggle-up-cosy to read. Can't wait to get my hands on another one of your books. x


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