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A really, beautiful read!,
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This review is from: Move Over Darling (Paperback)
Stovell's second novel is set with magnificent contrast between the rolling countryside of the Welsh Valleys and the bustling city of New York.
The story centres around a 'will they - won't they' relationship between Pembrokeshire newcomer Coralie Casey, and internationally renowned artist, Gethin Jones, an old Penmorfa boy who has made a reluctant return to attend to his late father's estate.
After an initial awkward meeting, the couple find themselves slowly becoming attracted to one another, but as they both seem to have dark secrets and brooding pasts they try to suppress these feelings and carry on with their lives. This task becomes increasingly more difficult for Coralie as in an attempt to help the town which she has grown to love, she agrees to become the subject of a hand painted 'Gethin Lewis' piece which will auction to raise funds to build the Community Hall which they so desperately need.
Coralie endeavours to manage the business she is striving to build, selling hand made, natural cleaning and beauty products, which also acts as a therapeutic attempt to block out a secret in her life that she is desperately trying to make amends for. While whenever Gethin returns to Penmorfa he is met with a barrage of bitter comments and glowers from the older residents, particularly Delyth and Mair from the WI (Merched y Wawr) who he is attempting to help raise money for, and make amends for his past. I would really have liked to have seen this pair meet a rather stickier comeuppance, perhaps being trampled on by a wayward herd of sheep, but maybe the author isn't quite as mean as I am!
And of course a book about Wales wouldn't be complete without the appearance of a Welsh Male Voice Choir, which added to the community and real 'Welsh' feel of this book, which Stovell captured perfectly!
There are several sub-plots to carry the story nicely along, and Stovell's ability to describe settings and characters so perfectly adds to the beauty of an already lovely book, as does the description of Coralie's gorgeous vintage fifties style dress, and love for all things Doris Day which captivated me from the start.
Move Over Darling is a really good read, one that will captivate you from the start and leave you pining for me once you have reached the end, which is beautiful, fitting and ties this fabulous book up nicely! I am looking forward to more from this talented author!