Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review - Escape to Giddywell Grange

Author:  Kim Nash
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:  Hera Books
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   253
Date of Publication:  September 18, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?


Redundant. Ten years of her life. Over.

That is pretty much how Maddy Young feels. It is all over. Great job, apartment, company car. Gone. She also lost the man in her life due to a breakup.

Maddy has an opportunity to help her friend Beth. No time like the present. Beth is about to undergo an operation and will be out of commission for a while. She owns Growlers, a doggy day-care, and she does other community activities. Maddy takes over for Beth. Gone are the high-powered clothes, the perfect hair and nails. She is now deep in doggy-doo. But, it turns out to be so much more.

For one thing, Maddy becomes very involved with the community in Giddywell Grange. She meets wonderful people she never would have met before. She finds a connection with others that is more precious than just about any experience she has ever had.

One special thing in Maddy's life, is Beth's brother Alex. He is also in town, and he and Maddy have something between them. However, Maddy's ex comes calling and wants a second chance. Along the way, Maddy has Beth and her uncle to help her, and they prove invaluable to her. What is more is now that she is not working 24/7, she gets to spend time with her mother, and this is something that she thought might never happen.

What a touching story. My heart broke more than once when I realized just how much Maddy and Alex were drawn to one another. The hesitancy they experienced worked well to draw out the drama in this story. All I wanted for Maddy was to find happiness. Her road to happiness was paved with so many beautiful things, despite the conflicts that occurred. Kim Nash is a delightful storyteller. And that, folks, makes me quite a happy reader.

Many thanks to Hera Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


I love everything to do with books, reading them, promoting them, talking about them, making recommendations and in April 2019, my debut novel Amazing Grace will be published by Hera Books. This is obviously such an exciting time for me. My second book will follow in October 2019.


  1. Glad to see you liked it, I have this one on my list too

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I always enjoy becoming emotionally invested in a story.

  3. Great review, the book sounds lovely. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. The cover looks really cute. Great review!

  5. Great review, I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, this book really looks and sounds like an amazingly sweet book and right up my alley too. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.