Thursday 26 March 2020

The School of Starting Over - Lisa Swift || Blog Tour

Nell’s going back to school… but now she’s learning lessons of the heart

Reception class teacher Nell Shackleton has a plan. At least, she had until she arrived at her new home of Humblebee Farm, a dilapidated farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors. But so what if the roof’s full of holes, the back door’s hanging off and there’s a sheep in the front room? Because sometimes a new beginning means starting at the bottom… right?

 Xander Scott is one of the youngest headteachers Leyholme Primary School has ever had. But managing over-zealous parents and their semi-feral kids proves a tricky task for shy Xander – as does keeping his mind on the job when his feelings for the new Reception teacher become more than strictly professional…

At 43, Nell’s new friend Stevie Madeleine has given up on love. After losing her wife, Stevie’s decided that her four-year-old daughter Milly and cocker spaniel Red are the only girls she needs in her life. That is, until larger-than-life dog-walker Deb arrives on the scene. But will the secrets of Stevie’s past stop her new romance dead in its tracks? Meeting Xander and Stevie brings joy back into Nell’s life – but when old secrets start to surface, there may be some hard lessons to learn for them all…

 A gorgeously uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy that will delight fans of Milly Johnson, Holly Martin and Heidi Swain.


*Apologies for the delay in this review*
This is exactly the sort of book i adore the most, a heartbreak, fleeing to a quaint little village - meet the community & blossoming relationships with more drama. 

This is also exactly the sort of book i wanted to read right now to escape the reality of the ever changing world around us.

Nell has just split from her fiance when they were due to get married and fled away from her dad and stepmums because whats worse than living with your parents. Well the cottage she bought under a dream bubble is looking pretty much that, with no electric, gas and a major problem with the roof - oh and a guest sheep that basically lives there too.

However she has a new job and this can be a new start. Xander Scott has just been promoted to one of the youngest headteachers the area has ever had and its something that is making is anxiety spike. He can do it though - and when the new teacher comes along full of life, something about him starts to change. 

Nell - with her new army of friends including the wonderful Stevie sets about finding her happy place, but all is not as it seems and when Xander discovers something he probably shouldn't, the world around them all changes.

Honestly this book was a pure delight, it was sweet, heart warming but heart breaking sometimes too. I adored the whole cast of characters who all had such strong personalities. A great read and something for those who want to keep their heads in the clouds.

*Gifted for blog tour*

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Author Bio
Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.
As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.
Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
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