Starlight Over Bluebell Castle – Sarah Bennett

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Starlight over Bluebell Castle
The most magical time of the year… Jessica Ridley’s life has just been turned upside-down – and not in a good way! So when blast-from-the-past Tristan Ludworth invites her to stay at Bluebell Castle and transform it into a winter wonderland, it’s the perfect distraction for Jess and her two young children… Jessica is used to planning even the most elaborate events in her sleep, but she certainly didn’t expect to be working so closely…

Welcome back everyone, I feel like I’m only just starting to get to the books I’ve been wanting to read all year. Those pesky tours keep getting in the way coz they sound so good!

I was a little surprised when Sarah decided not to bring this book on tour with Rachel last year. But I wasn’t going to let that get in the way of me reading and reviewing it. I’ve been looking forward to reading this for like 12 months. That’s crazy since it came out in November last yr!

The first thing I loved about Tristan was that he fell for a curvy girl. Especially coz he did it at a young age.

The second thing I loved about Tristan was that it didn’t phase him that Jess had kids and an ex still in the picture (as the kid’s father only).

Having a friend who’s a single mum and finding out that apparently it’s “not done” to not tell people you have kids up front coz you’ve “lied” to the guy by omission makes this so much more meaningful to me. He knows she’s got kids and there was never a question about whether they’d be welcome in his life and that he’d be a part of theirs.

Fingers crossed good men like this exist in the real world and not just our bookish fantasy’s.

Men, take note! Women don’t need to be sticks and not have any “baggage” (as I’ve often heard kids referred to as) to be worth your time and love.

What I’d forgotten was that all three books take place in the span of exactly 12 months. That’s a pretty short time frame but at the same time it never felt weird. The way Sarah wrote about each triplet just worked. It made sense.

As usual, the depth of Tristan and Jess’s connection is lovely to read and watch grow and develop. I loved how they got to the end and how Jess made all the decisions she needed to make.

Also, can I please have a Christmas like they thew?! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May.

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