Saturday, August 28, 2021

Review - The Little Orchard On the Lane

itle:   The Little Orchard On the Lane
Author:  Tilly Tennant
Genre:   Romance; Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   367
Date of Publication:  April 16, 2021
My Rating:  4 Stars


Feel the sun on your face on a Somerset terrace overlooking golden fields and wild meadowland, and watch as romance beckons and long-hidden secrets are revealed…

When twenty-seven-year-old Posy arrives at picture-perfect Oleander House in the Somerset village of Astercombe, she is enchanted. Adopted when she was just a baby, Posy is excited to re-connect with her birth family and help out on the family cider farm with its old stone walls and bees buzzing in the hedgerows.

There’s just one tiny problem – her new next-door neighbour, haughty, handsome vineyard-owner Lachlan. Lachlan has taken an instant dislike to Posy, and after a furious argument when she ventures on his land, she’s pretty certain there’s not a heart of gold beneath his frosty exterior.

Yet as she falls in love with the flower-filled hedgerows and apple-green fields of her new life, she discovers more about her grumpy neighbour. Even though he acts like the world is out to get him, she can’t ignore the sad expression in his dark eyes.

And when Posy discovers the heartbreaking secret that is tearing Lachlan apart, she understands why he has shut the door on the world and vows to help him, as well as the vineyard, which has fallen on hard times. Yet just as Lachlan lets Posy in, a terrible night threatens to destroy everything she has begun to care about and puts someone she loves at risk. Will her dream life in the country come at an awful price?

If you love Nicola May, Debbie Macomber and Milly Johnson, then you will adore The Little Orchard on the Lane. An enchanting summer romance about new beginnings, second chances and trusting your heart. 


The stories Tilly Tennant writes are always in picturesque villages. That is certainly the case with this book, with the village of Astercombe. So, when Posy arrives there, she is enchanted, drawn in by the beautiful area. However, that is not her only draw. Posy wants to reconnect with her past. She wants to filling in some missing pieces of her life. Posy is looking for her birth family and she thinks the answers lie there in Astercombe.

Agreeing to help working on a cider farm affords Posy the opportunity to meet a lot of different people, and she is not afraid to ask questions that might pertain to her bith family. Everyone is nice, kind and helpful with the exception of her new next-door neighbor Lachlan. He just might be the only one not as excited as Posy to unravel the past. In fact, he makes his disdain for Posy and her many, many questions perfectly clear. In fact, this phrase comes to mind: bubbly Posy and broody Lachlan.

With likable characters (Lachlan has to come around, doesn't he?), an engaging plot, a lovely setting and a touching ending all play together to make this an enjoyable read. 

Many thanks to Bookoture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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