Escape to the Country by Alison Sherlock
Published: 1st May 2018
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
BlurbEveryone is running away from something - but will an escape to the countryside suit everyone? Full of warmth, laughter tears and heartache. Perfect for the fans Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews.
Journalist Eleanor McCartney leads a glamorous life in London exposing the sordid secrets of famous celebrities for Hot Gossip! magazine. But her perfect life is a sham. So when her world collapses, she has to reluctantly head home to her mum and friends in the quiet country village of Cranley.
Willow Tree Hall is still in the midst of extensive renovations under the careful eye of Eleanor’s best friend Annie and her fiancé, record producer and future Earl of Cranley, Sam Harris.
With a recording studio now in the grounds of the estate, it should be the perfect place for global singing sensation Tom Kingsley to hang out. But Tom is burnt out after a gruelling worldwide tour and is escaping the paparazzi after yet another scandal.
Eleanor cannot believe her luck. A story on the world’s biggest superstar would be the ticket that gets her job and glamorous life back in London.
But soon both Eleanor and Tom begin to fall under the spell of Willow Tree Hall. Eleanor begins to wonder whether she can really betray his trust. And does she really want her old life back or is home really where the heart lies?
As a heatwave soars, friendships are made, truths are told and, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps love can be found as hearts are healed.
By escaping to the country, maybe Eleanor and Tom have found their new beginning.
Escape to the Country is Alison Sherlock’s second book in the Willow Tree Hall series but it can easily be read as a standalone novel which is what I did. I’m now desperate to read the first book though as think I might just love it even more than this one.
Eleanor McCartney’s main concern is projecting the perfect image, even if this is a lie. As far as her friends and family are concerned she’s a successful financial journalist, the reality is she’s just being sacked from being a celebrity gossip journalist and replaced with a younger model. With her London life in bits she heads home to the village of Cranley to help her mother while she recovers from a broken wrist. Once back home Eleanor learns that pop megastar “Tommy King” is staying with her best friend’s fiancé at Willow Tree Hall, can Eleanor get her career back on track by scooping the story of the summer? Or will being back in the country make Eleanor evaluate her lifestyle and make some changes?
Tom Kinglsey is finding the rockstar life hard and after the passing of his beloved grandma very lonely. After a drunken night out drowning his sorrows lands him with a sprained ankle he goes to stay with friend and manager Sam Harris. Once at Willow Tree Hall Tom finds himself surrounded by the family he’s longed for all his life and when he meets Eleanor he can’t help but be drawn to her despite the fact all they seem to do is bicker.
Eleanor wasn’t a character I initially didn’t care for, she was very selfish and spent far too much time on her appearance and trying to further her career by any means, even if that meant not seeing her mother or friends for months on end. I did warm to her as the story progressed but, in a book, where everyone is lovely she was never going to be my favourite. One of my favourites was Tom, who despite being a megastar remained grounded and sincere and all her really wanted was someone to love him. My other favourite character was Rose with her eccentric dress, the bionic bra scene at the beginning of the charity walk had me laughing out loud.
Escape to the County is just that a perfect escape, its full of heart-warming characters and some funny plots twists and a lovely touch of romance. For me the star of the show was rescued dog Dylan. I’m hoping there is another book coming soon as I’m hoping to find out what happens at the big wedding.
Thank you Aria and Netgalley for sending me this copy to review and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
About the Author
Alison Sherlock enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Alison lives in Surrey with her husband and a daft golden retriever.
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