Blog Tour 19th September 2020
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Coming Home to Hope Street by Marcie Steele. Thanks to Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to be part of it.
My Thoughts – I adored it!
Part 2 of The Hope Street Series. Hope Street is in the town of Somerley.
It’s one of those books where I want to say ‘just read it’. I can’t do it justice with my own words.
The Hope Street Series, and the interwoven Somerley Series, is a fabulous group of books.
Hope Street is in the town of Somerley, a town that has a village-feel about it. It’s a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everyone, where people stay through the generations. Where the shops and the pub, the Hope and Anchor, are mainstays of the community.
It can be read as a stand-alone as the focus is on some different characters, although some characters we know or already know about.
I love the interactions between the residents, the normality of it all. Lovely, warm characters that you can easily relate to. It makes me want to live there and have lots of friends and acquaintances. I look forward to getting to know some of the other residents in the books to follow.
This book is about Livvy, Hannah’s sister, who disappeared over twenty years ago. When she lands up on Hannah’s doorstep, their childhood home, it’s a huge shock. Why did she run all those years ago, and where has she been? Did she know that her mum Martha had died? Did she know some other family secrets that had come out too? She has a daughter, Pip, who is a delight.
Hannah is main character in this story, after really getting to know her in the first of the series. She is opening a book shop and Doug is doing all the renovations himself. It’s adjoining a coffee shop that I remember from Stirred with Love from the Somerley Series. It sounds like a place I’d like to visit, having a coffee and a browse. Workaholic Doug is now Hannah’s partner, their relationship is still so lovely and new, they are getting along so well.
Phoebe, Hannah’s best friend, is suspicious of Livvy’s return and doesn’t mince her words when she sees her. Hannah, ever the peace-maker, sticks up for her sister although deep down she’s not sure what to think.
Livvy is convinced to go to the pub, very nervous about what people will think. She gets chatting to an old school friend who fancied her back in the day, and he makes her feel good about herself. She starts to feel at home again in Hope Street until her ex turns up, which causes a few problems, but she puts up with him as she knows Pip is pleased to see her dad.
All in all this was a feel-good story that I adored. Marcie Steele/Mel Sherratt has the knack of drawing me in from the first page and I just couldn’t stop reading.
Thank you to Marcie Steele for the early review copy, it was an honour to read it x
Marcie Steele also writes crime thrillers as Mel Sherratt.
Also available in The Hope Street Series
The Man Across the Street (Book 1)
Also available by Marcie Steele
Stirred with Love (Book 1, The Somerley Series)
Secrets, Lies & Love (Book 2, The Somerley Series)
Second Chances at Love (Book 3, The Somerley Series)
About the Book
Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.
Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.
Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?
It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.
But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?
Publisher: Blood Red Books
Publication Date: 18th September 2020
Amazon Link: Coming Home to Hope Street
Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.
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