The Green Hills of Home by Emma Bennet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'Gwen Jones, a young Welsh writer, is desperate to save the family farmhouse from being sold from under her critically ill mother and herself. When she lands a lucrative three-book deal with an eminent publisher, she thinks her problems are all over. However, Gwen's need to be near her sick mother means she’s unable to travel to London to work with her devilishly desirable editor, John Thatcher, and he must come and stay with her in Wales. Handsome and eminently capable, cosmopolitan John is used to getting his own way and has plans for the future which certainly don’t include being distracted by pretty Welsh girls; nevertheless when he journeys into the country to work with Gwen it’s not long before he finds himself falling in love with her, as well as the house she’s so anxious to save. But is John capable of loving anyone as much as his job? And when he has to decide between his goals and Gwen, which will he choose? 'The Green Hills of Home' - a sweet heart warming tale of duty, devotion and love.'
I would like to thank the author for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.
Gwen is a young author from Wales, and has arrived in London for a meeting with a top publishers in the hope of them offering her a contract. Gwen is staying with her cousin while in London and after hearing the publishers is going to offer Gwen not just one book contract but three, the girls go out to celebrate.
Unknown to Gwen, she meets her editor while out that night and when she lays eyes on him again at the publishers the next morning, she is a little bemused to why he doesn’t mention their encounter. Gwen hurries back to Wales to visit her mother in hospital as she is recovering from a stroke, her mother is over the moon to hear Gwen’s brilliant news.
All is not well at Gwen’s house and she is hiding a secret from her mum; she is afraid she is going to lose the house as she cannot afford it and no one will give her a mortgage.
John, Gwen’s editor gets in touch and asks her to return to London. Gwen has been upfront with the publishers about her situation with her mother and explains she cannot come back. John then makes the journey to Wales to help her sort her manuscript. But will everything be sorted?
This is a story of gentle romance and kindness, it makes you want to have your own John. I whizzed through this book in a matter of hours, Gwen is such a likable character that you want everything to turn out alright for her. All the characters in this book are likable and you generally want everything to work out. It is slightly predictable, but hey! This is a modern day fairy tale and I wouldn’t expect it any other way.
One thing that is never clear in the story is what is the book that Gwen has written? I would have loved to have known.
Once again I would like to thank Emma for sending me this novel to read and look forward to her next.