With love, nothing is impossible

Synopsis

Love will always find a way… Discover the intriguing secrets of Hawthorn Place in this heartfelt dual-time novel, filled with warmth and charm, perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Cecelia Ahern.

Two houses, hundreds of miles apart…yet connected always.

When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.

But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Art and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.

Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.

What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever…

My review

Molly Butterfield had hoped that, after her boyfriend broke up with her, she would be staying with her mother and stepfather.
Unfortunately for Molly, that is not an option and even an increase of her allowance has not been given to her by her stepfather Brian.
With a job she truly doesn’t like, a restrained relationship with her stepfather, her mother pushing her to become more independent, Molly decides to spend the summer with her beloved grandfather Willy at Hawthorn Place on the Dorset Coast.
As Molly is not used of taking care of her own business, she and Wally are both struggling to look after each other.
Slowly Molly is getting her life back on track, and finds a job in an house that is identical to Hawthorn Place. And its owner Rory, being a recluse himself, surely is also an enigma for Molly. And the houses seems to have their own mystery, especially as Rory’s house is on the Norfolk coast…
Molly starts to uncover the past of both houses, that were both designed by Arts and Crafts architect Percy Gladwell. And his tale of love is even a more mysterious one…

Having two stories, for the price of one, can it get any better?

I have to be honest, Molly wasn’t someone I immediately liked… Of course, if I would be homeless suddenly, the first place I would go, is my parents, to crash on my old twin bed.
But seeing how Molly behaved, and just wanted to be hand over everything she wanted, and her determination to treat Brian so badly… well, I just cannot comprehend such behaviour.
So even if it caused a problem for her, I was happy to see how her mother and Brian decided to let Molly learn how to take care things of herself.
Even if I’m not a parent myself, I was nodding my approval along.
And the way she got the job at Rory’s, well she wasn’t really scoring extra good points…

I must say, Molly did (or to be more precise, she didn’t do…) a lot of things I didn’t like, but her love for her grandparents was very sweet and tender. And them being Brian’s parents and not really her grandparents, shows that Molly can accept “new members” in her tiny family, if she just wants to.

But slowly Molly is learning to be more independent, and not only that. When she finally earned some money by herself, she learns how to prioritize when it’s okay to spend it and when not.
And I found it nice to see that she suddenly becomes truly interested in the past of Hawthorn Place, and how it’s linked with Rory’s place, Acacia House, with the help of a cupboard…

She is determined to know everything she can find about the architect Percy Gladwell, and that gives us the opportunity to read a heart – breaking story.

Oh, Percy’s tale seemed from the start one that wouldn’t have a happy end… Not only is he slightly being pushed to court a woman who he totally has no feelings for, but he starts to bond with a married woman, Violet, designing the house of her dreams.
Is there something worse falling for a person you know you can never have? And even if you know that those feelings can never become more, I found it so lovely to see how these two characters were just so perfect for each other…

Both stories were so easy to read and to like, and seeing the changes in Molly was surely a very positive thing.
We see how this somewhat spoiled young woman is maturing, and how her presence is making a difference, not only for her grandfather, but also for Rory, who is still facing his own demons.
Watching Molly taking care of Rory, even if she sometimes uses her old tricks, truly changed my opinion of her.

There is a lot to take in this story, and some things are inexplicable, but all I can say is, just go with the flow.
It’s a book about (finally) growing up, seeing what’s right in front of you, and see what a better version of yourself you can be, by just being the real you.
It’s also about the struggle of loving someone you cannot (and I’m not only talking about Percy and Violet here…).

But for me personally, it’s the power that love can have, even if that will show in something rather impossible.
Whatever links the two houses, made a change in the past and makes a change in the present.

This was a gorgeous story where love is the real main character. Love is not only between a man and a woman, but as this story shows, between grandparents and grandchildren, stepfather and stepdaughter, a mother and a daughter, new loves, old loves, the list is just infinite. And even the love a reader can have for the characters of a book!

Een gedachte over “‘The Secrets of Hawthorn Place’ – written by Jenni Keer #BookReview @JenniKeer @rararesources

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