I am a big fan of Jane Lovering’s books, as you will know if you are a regular reader of the blog. She has a real knack for creating great characters and writing the perfect blend of romance and humour often with some more serious issues included. Her books will make you smile for sure but are also often rather emotional. I’ve still not quite forgiven her for actually making me cry when reading one of her earlier novels I Don’t Want to Talk About It! Let’s find out what The Forgotten House on the Moor is about.
About the Book
Mystery, mayhem, a manor house and a generous serving of romance…
When police knock on Alice Donaldson’s door at 4am, she knows the news won’t be good. There’s been an accident involving her ex-husband Grant, and as his existing next of kin, they need her help.
Grant is missing up on the North York moors, but the Grant Alice knew could barely be persuaded out on a walk around the block. What on earth possessed him to go on a hike in the middle of the night?
Alice soon finds herself working with Grant’s girlfriend Jenna and Jenna’s gorgeous ‘Lord of the family Manor’ brother Max, to find out what has happened, and what caused Grant’s accident at The Fortune House – the spooky house out on the moors.
The locals tell all manner of ghoulish stories about The Fortune House, which Alice is not minded to listen to. But before long, things take a turn for the strange and Max and Alice have a new mystery to solve. While all the while Alice can’t help hoping she might meet the requirements to be Max’s ‘Lady of the Manor’ at his country pile, Hatherleigh Hall.
This book had me giggling from the first page! When Alice is wakened by the police at 4am she was most annoyed that they had interrupted her dream about Ben Whishaw and a trumpet – the mind boggles! They are bringing the sad news that her husband Grant has had a serious accident and can’t quite understand why Alice seems unperturbed by this. As you read above, this led Alice to meeting Grant’s new girlfriend Jenna and her rather gorgeous brother Max.
I really felt for Alice. She had so little self confidence in herself. She is used to being under valued and unappreciated, she expects it in fact. And she is very critical of her body, something I think many women will relate to. She feels she’s very plain and overweight and that no-one could fancy her.
Thank goodness for lovely Max! He helped her see that not every man likes the same body shape and that he was most definitely interested in hers! He was interested in her kindness and intelligence too though, not just how she looked. Together they embark on some research to find out exactly what happened at The Fortune House both with Grant and the many spooky happenings reported there over the years. This element of the story added an element of intrigue and poignancy to the book.
I love Jane Lovering’s books, all the quirky lovable characters she creates and the situations she puts them in. I think she is a really talented storyteller and she never fails to make me smile. The Forgotten House on the Moor is romantic and it’s funny – a proper rom-com!
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About the Author
Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.
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