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It Started at Sunset Cottage Paperback – 23 Apr 2015
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‘A warm and engaging story with relatable characters who will worm their way into your heart. A great read!’ – Talli Roland
‘Loved it! Believable characters, a sweetly told, lovely story… a great read’ – Jane Lovering
‘Romance, comedy, and mystery abound in this delightful British novel.’ – I Read That Book!
‘A great read, with some really special moments… so beautiful and romantic.’ – Annie’s Book Corner
‘A well-written and charming tale.’ – Paris Baker’s Book Nook
‘I wasn't expecting a debut novel to be this good.’ – The Bookish & The Romantic
'Makes me feel like I should be reading it while wearing a tea dress, drinking posh coffee from a china cup and eating Victoria sandwich cake with a dainty little fork. It's charming, adorable, amusing and all those sorts of words.' – Escape Into Words
'This book is perfect chick lit.' – Gidget Girls Reading
About the Author
I've been jotting down my stories as far back as I can remember. Somehow life took over, I got a sensible job in project management and the writing has remained a passion. Writing your own story really is the best fun ever! But it’s a close run thing along with talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays!
I live in The Midlands with my lovely husband and our wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept me as I am (with my mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
You can follow me on Twitter @osborne_bella.
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Top Customer Reviews
For starters, Bella had me giggling within the very first chapter of her book. It opened with a very serious, very sombre tone, placing me right at the scene of a funeral. It didn't take long for Bella to tickle my sides when I realised that it was, indeed, a funeral that was taking place, but a funeral for a hamster. Just from this small amount of text, I knew that I was in for a treat with the rest of Bella's book. Her humorous, engaging writing style spurred me on throughout the rest of It Started at Sunset Cottage.
Bella's characters in It Started at Sunset Cottage were fantastic, although I felt at times that perhaps I didn't know them well enough. Kate, a writer and recently widowed, has been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to have one of her books turned into a movie, which leads to her meeting the gorgeous Timothy Calder who will be playing the leading male role in the movie adaptation. There was a fabulous chemistry between Kate and Timothy, that I constantly looked forward to seeing again and again, and I seriously enjoyed reading about the numerous actors and actresses who Kate met when on set.Read more ›
The leading characters have been cast and the hero is being played by Timothy Calder - a well-known and very good looking film star. Kate is gradually piecing her life back together after her fiancé was killed in an accident eighteen months previously and she is not looking for romance - or at least she doesn't think she is.
I really enjoyed this book especially the way the author portrays Kate's relationship with her best friend, Sarah. The dialogue is brilliant and in places very funny and Sarah lurches from one crisis to another. I loved what happened to the large clown toy and I'm still laughing about that the day after finishing the book.
This is well written and entertaining women's fiction with plenty to amuse the reader with a few poignant moments as well. I liked the characters, who aren't all young and beautiful. I especially liked Kate's friend Didi, who is a really marvellous elderly lady.
If you like light fiction with marvellous characters, funny dialogue and plenty of interesting background and amusing situations then try this book. I shall definitely be looking out for more books by this author. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
First into the mix is an exciting project to turn one of Kate’s books into a blockbuster film. Next, add in the sexy, womanising lead actor… and his nutty wannabe-girlfriend (who just happens to be the female lead). Then you’ve got Kate’s best friend, Sarah, a newly-single mum who’s still struggling with Ex issues- all the while egging Kate on in any way she can. Oh and to top it all off, there’s Andy, Kate’s (almost) brother-in-law, the girls’ knight in shining armour. Phew!
Kate is a fantastic character to spend time with. As a young widow, we get to see her put her life back together with poise and grace. There’s a certain calmness to her character that I loved- she may be at the centre of the maelstrom- but I trusted her to carry the story along and make it out the other side.
This book is choc-full of plot, feelings and fantastic characters. There isn’t a dull moment- and though there’s plenty of depth to the characters and their stories, it’s a light, easy read that roars along
Her friends and her god-daughter get caught up in a whirlwind of trouble.
While the heart-throb star of the movie keeps trying & failing to win Kate's heart.
I enjoyed Sarah and Kate’s close relationship as they are both still recovering from heartaches of the past – Sarah from her vile ex, Shaun, and Kate from losing her fiancé, James. The secondary characters were excellent support in this story, and all thoroughly well written – I particularly loved Kate’s friend, Didi, and Sarah’s adorable little girl, Amy. Each character earned their right to be in the story.
Reading the blurb, you’d think the book would focus mainly on Kate & Tim, with Sarah as just the best friend character, but I very much thought the book was about both of them, in pretty much equal parts. This sometimes meant there was a lot going on, and sometimes it felt like I was focussed on two whole stories, but I think overall Bella did a good job at intertwining them well.
This is a well-written and charming tale, definitely a worthwhile read for the chick lit lover, and I will be looking forward to future works from Bella Osborne.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book , it had me hooked right from the beginning. Funny, sad, intrigue,it's all in there didn't want it to end 'Published 1 month ago by Maureen Crerie
A good love story although some of it was quite unbelievable story lines running through this book very good endingPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit complicated but kept you in suspense until the end. Read and enjoy it. I did. A truly romantic story.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
It took me a few pages to get into but then I couldn't put it down. Loved all the characters.Published 5 months ago by nicola b
Not read this yet but it look like a good book so when I'm finish reading the book I'm on then gonna read this book after
Plus it was fast delivery.
A highly entertaining read, thoroughly enjoyable.
Good daft nonsense on a wet weekend in August.
Highly recommended. A really good read.