Quite simply, this is chick-lit at its best! It's understandable how it has reached number 3 in The Small Publishers Top 20 Fiction List and why it is one of Choc Lit's top 10 bestsellers.
I absolutely adore Moorcroft's style of writing. I felt an instant warmth to the characters. The way of village life was put across very well, and I found the book very visual; I actually think it would make a wonderful film!
When I first started reading the book, it struck me that it was going to one of those predictable storylines. After all, it begins with Tess accidentally driving her car into the back of Ratty's breakdown truck. After an initial thorny meeting, it is clear that these two strong characters are going to end up together at some point. Yes, it is relatively predictable: they have their ups and downs, but there are a couple of twists along the way which aren't at all forced to keep your interest. The book is paced exceptionally well, and most importantly the ending is one that is satisfying so that you can close the book with a smile on your face (and not one of those, "but what actually happened!?!?" moments that leave me extremely frustrated!). In fact, I smiled a lot throughout the book - mostly brought about by Ratty!! Who wouldn't want a man like him in your life to chase you across fields, and pull you into a strong embrace! Choc Lit's slogan of "Where heroes are like chocolate - irresistible" certainly works exceptionally well for this book!
This isn't just a love story, there are heart-warming moments centered around village life, friendship and family life (Angel's children, in particular the way Jenna calls Tess 'Teth' and Toby calls Ratty 'Watty' melted my heart every time!). It also explores the parent-adult child relationship extremely well, and is something I think most of us can relate to.