The Hidden Cottage Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013
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A good book is a holiday essential and this one fits the bill perfectly. James is a true page-turner writer which is why she's a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. (WELSH COUNTRY MAGAZINE)
Family ties, secrets, love and guilt are woven together with warmth, honesty and wit in this delightful novel from Sunday Times bestseller Erica James.See all Product Description
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I feel that her style is a little different in this one. There's less humour and not so much evidence of her astounding talent for wry observation. This is not to say that this book merely echoes the lacklustre, contrived and sickly sweet tone of "Promises Promises" and "The Real Katie Lavender". On the contrary, I found much to recommend in this change of direction, since a change in an author's work prevents things from becoming hackneyed.
We still have her wonderfully portrayed, interesting characters. Of particular interest is the character of Tattie. She's a cross between a sort of modern day (not to mention way too old)Pollyanna and the character Isobel from "The Queen of New Beginnings". I did find her perfect mother approach irritating at times, though, and felt she would benefit from being locked in a room until she had read and digested books such as How Not to Be a Perfect Mother, or Confessions of a Slummy Mummy. We still have Erica's insight into human nature and her habit of putting her finger right on the pulse. The added ingredient, which I've never seen in any of her other works, is an atmosphere of mysticism which she manages to let seep through the entire book. There is also more of a philosophical element - in a good way, not in a navel gazing way.Read more ›
I did enjoy this novel and I liked Owen and Mia and Mia's children. I never felt I got a real picture of Jeff at all and the author's attempts to show the reader what was going on inside his head didn't ring true to me. There was something jarring about the language used that didn't seem right somehow and didn't convey to me what Jeff was really like. He seemed like a caricature rather than a character.
If you want a story about a small group of people in a pleasant village with some added sub plots about the younger generation then you may well enjoy this story. I thought it was written but some sections seemed to me not to be as good as others. I'm sure this author's many fans will enjoy it.
There are many players in this story but first of all there is Mia and her family, her husband Jeff and her children Jensen, Eliza and Daisy. Jeff is commuting between home and work in Brussels. He particularly adores his favourite child, young Daisy, and his and Mia's seemingly happy marriage. Mia's world is divided between her family and her hat shop. She loves their home, Medlar House in the picturesque village of Little Pelham, and with her close friends Muriel and Georgina she is fairly content with her life.
Until Owen Fletcher moves into The Hidden Cottage. As a child Owen grew up in the village and used to visit spinster sisters Gretchen and Lillian and their piano playing in The Hidden Cottage. Now he has sold his business in London and decided to start a new life in Little Pelham.
Little Pelham is a small village where everybody know each other and Owen soon gets acquainted with both Mia and her family, Muriel and Georgina, and is introduced to every aspect of village life.
When Mia's family is gathering to celebrate Jensen's thirtieth birthday, Jensen brings with him a girlfriend with a nine year old daugther and Daisy is dropping a most unexpected bombshell. It soon appears to be a turning point in all their lives and Mia's world is changed forever.
Good and bad, unhappy and happy. Life in all its facets. Erica James tells this story with much warmth and insight. This is not easy chicklit, in fact its surprising that the style of the book cover indicates a typical chicklit tale. Nothing wrong with that, but this is so entirely different.Read more ›
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loved it always liked Erica james books she certainly came up trumps this timePublished 1 month ago by mags
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