I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again: Kim Nash never fails to disappoint. This is her fourth book now, and every single one of them has been thoroughly enjoyable, all written with warmth and heart that they give you the feeling that you’ve just been given a big hug, or wrapped in your favourite snuggly blanket!
In this latest book, Nell (her friends call her Nellie) is in her early 30’s and quite content with her life. She has an okay-ish job, and she’s happily living with her fiance. But then, in the blink of an eye, things go quite pear-shaped. She loses her job and her cheating fiance in one awful, mind-numbing day. But then she suddenly remembers the mysterious envelope that arrived in the mail that morning, and eventually she gets around to opening it. She discovers that it’s a request to go down to Dorset and meet with a solicitor there, but she has no clue what it might be about. Well, she’s got nothing better to do right now, and with her memories of happy times spent in the area when she was a young girl, off she goes to Dorset, to the seaside town of Muddleford!
Nell is shocked to discover that her once favourite aunt – Lily – has passed away and has left all of her worldly belongings to Nell. Having not seen her for about 20 years due to her mother insisting that they leave in the middle of the night the last time they had been there when Nell was a teenager, she now has deep regrets that she hadn’t made things right and attempted to make contact with Aunt Lily when she reached adulthood. She had loved her so dearly and now realised (too late, of course), that she really could have made the effort to come and see her when she was old enough, especially once her mother passed away. Now she would never know what had caused such a deep rift between the sisters.
Thinking that her aunt couldn’t have left her much and wondering why the formalities couldn’t have been carried out over the phone or by email, Nell has another bombshell dropped on her when she is told that her aunt has left her a substantial sum of money, her beautiful home, a gorgeous little beach hut and a zooty, fairly new car! She can hardly believe it! From having to worry about how she’ll afford the rent now that her good-for-nothing partner has left her, and wondering about finding a new job, she realises that she won’t have to worry about these things now! She just needs to make some life-changing decisions: stay in Dorset or return to the life she knows, especially as her best friend Shevani and her lovely family who’ve always looked after her are back home?
Her decision is made that much more difficult by the fact that her first love Jack still lives next-door to her aunt’s house with his parents, who have always adored Nell! She quickly settles right in and is once again taken under their wing. Jack’s now the local vet, and all the locals are quite willing to have him looking after their non-human family members … he’s even more gorgeous now than when they were younger! And when he immediately reverts to calling her ‘Nellie-bum’, the affectionate name he always had for her, she’s smitten, once again. Until, that is, she meets the receptionist from the practice where Jack works. Smart, sexy Natalia makes quick work of telling Nell in no uncertain terms how the land lies. Jack belongs to her and they have plans to get married, so she might as well back off!
Nell is torn, especially once she’s introduced to Norman, who she knows was her aunt’s trusted companion. She knows that he can’t be left on his own and that his responsibility now falls to her – she just can’t leave him! What to do?! Decisions, decisions.
I adored Nell – she wants to do her best, but she’s a giver so she naturally thinks of everyone else first before even considering what might be the best thing for herself. Every single character has wonderful qualities and they’re mostly all such kind-hearted people with Nell’s best interests at heart. Kim Nash creates these amazing support networks for her main characters, and she places them in the perfect environments. Readers will thoroughly enjoy reading about the comforting surroundings that she’s created.
This is a 5-star read – one to cuddle up with and devour! Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources Blog Tours. Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove …
Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.
Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.
She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.
Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published by Hera Books in September 2019.
Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and was published in June 2020.
Moonlight over Muddleford Cove, Kim’s fourth novel is available to pre-order now and will be published on 30th March 2021.
You can read Kim’s Blog here: www.kimthebookworm.co.uk
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