Kate Marshall is slowly getting her life back on track after losing her fiancé. As an author she has been able to hide herself away from the world and its expectations – but now one of her books has been optioned for a film and Hollywood suddenly comes knocking on her door!
When Kate is given the opportunity to stay at a beautiful country retreat and concentrate on the screenplay, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Encouraged by her best friend, sharp-tongued single mum Sarah, Kate sees it’s finally time to stop letting life pass her by.
Looking for confidence and inspiration in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, the last thing Kate expects is for Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, to turn up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal! But after a rocky start, with Tim narrowly avoiding death by watering can, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.
As an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, and with circumstances repeatedly throwing them together, is Sunset Cottage where both Kate and Tim’s lives will really start?
This is one of those books where I wish there were half stars to award. It wasn’t exactly a 3 star book but it didn’t quite make the 4 star grade for me unfortunately. So technically, I give it 3.5 stars.
It Started at Sunset Cottage was a lovely read with a host of lovely characters. I liked Kate – although at times I did just want her to open her eyes and see what was happening right in front of them – and I really liked Sarah. I think Sarah and Andy’s relationship was just a tad more fun to follow than that of the main characters Kate and Tim. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy their journey, but it was a little back and forth at times and I found it a bit frustrating and drawn out. Whereas Sarah and Andy’s was exciting and fresh.
The plot was nice and moved along mostly at a good speed. There were times where I felt a little confused as to whose point of view I was reading but it was nice to see things from a variety of perspectives.
The story line with Shaun was interesting and kept me guessing, which was good. And Irene was a funny character – it was lovely to see her come full circle by the end (but I won’t say in what way!) And Amy was adorable.
Overall a nice story and an enjoyable read.