Starlight Over Bluebell Castle – Sarah Bennett

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.


Sunshine over Bluebell Castle – Sarah Bennett

Welcome back everyone, after a hectic schedule last week with my July Wrap Up and 3 reviews going live, you’ll find this week to be much quieter. A lot like today’s book.

Following on from Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle we’re now into summer and following Iggy. I think I’ve picked up a trend that the love interests for our characters will be coming from London and discovering the delights of a quiet countryside town and castle.

I kind of get Will’s behaviour but in a way also feel like this rings very true of the media attention Meghan Markle has been getting. We don’t really know who the real Will is in a lot of situations, while others are quick to judge, and blame based on potential lies others are spreading.

I enjoyed his childlike humour, fun and excitement. But I also admired his wisdom in knowing when to leave a woman alone to figure out what’s happening in her head compared to when to push and tell her the truth.

I feel like the mystery of “who leaked Will’s presence to the media?” was a little obvious, and surely the family should’ve figured out who it was before they did. I feel like that could have added more mystery with tension arising between the couples Iggy and Will and Arthur and Lucie. From how Arthur behaved I feel like he would have been defending their mother and fighting for her to stay while Iggy and Will would have been adamant that she was a bad influence.

But that’s my take on it and I don’t know yet if it happened this way to set things up for Tristan’s book or not. I mean, I’m assuming that’s coming yea?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing Mrs Sommersby’s Second Chance by Laurie Benson. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.