The Cosy Canal Boat Dream
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You will adore this heartwarming, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from bestelling author Christie Barlow!
‘Full of warmth, fun and feel-good factor’ Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde
Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…
For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…
Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…
What readers are saying about The Cosy Canal Boat Dream:
‘My favourite Christie Barlow book of all time…perfect for when you want to be lost in a cuddle of a book’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘Christie Barlow's best book yet…Phenomenal’ The Writing Garnet
‘Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns’ Mama Life Magazine
‘An absolute joy to read and full of surprises…one of the best writers in this genre’ The Book Review Cafe
About the author
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances and The Cosy Canal Boat Dream. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband, four kids, horses, chickens and a mad cocker spaniel.
Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA and Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money and awareness and engaging with communities in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being. She is also Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co uk, bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website www.christiebarlow.com, Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page, Christie Barlow author.
cheering, caring and even shedding more than a few tears as the story unfolds.
Nell Andrews had it all: great husband who happened to be the love of her life, a best friend in Bea, a supportive Mum and a lovely canal boat, lovingly decorated, always cosy and in the middle of the little marina community, But her husband is gone after a tragic accident, and now two years on, Nell is still searching for something to fil the Ollie-sized hole in her heart and life. Being run down by the large red setter wasn’t in her game plan at all, let alone the man being walked by the dog, here to help out his brother. Irish accent, sparkling eyes and a ready smile.
Guy Cornish is here to help out his brother Ed at the marina, while Ed recovers from an operation. He’s brought along Sam, a setter ful of the goofy good-natured bonhomie that the breed is known for, and a penchant for checking out a new arrival in the harbor – another canal boat moored at the outer edges. Taking a break from his office job, Guy is reconnecting with his brother and his love of being outdoors, building and using his hands, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
When you add in Bea, Nell’s best friend and supporter to the mix, one who knows Nell so well and is anxious to see her friend move forward toward happiness in her life. The café may help to keep both Bea and Nell busy, and the constant flow of locals and tourists have made it the centerpiece of the little community, but Nell and her husband always dreamt of a space that would bring all of the community together – and it’s for sale.
When you add in Nell’s decision to buy the old property, her mother’s strange behavior as she hides away secrets from Nell, the budding relationship that explodes in spectacular fashion between Nell and Guy, a reconciliation for Bea and her sister after a great loss, and the nomination of Bea’s café as one of the Best in Britain, the characters, charm and elements combine to provide a wonderful read. This is a story that tugs at heartstrings and brings so many emotions, and instantly you are drawn into the story and the marina: cheering, caring and even shedding more than a few tears as the story unfolds. A wonderful introduction to this author, and I can’t wait for more.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Aug 22, 2017
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
- Print Length: 416 Pages
- Language: English