Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.
The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.
Fans of Borum's Painting the Moon will enjoy this return to the idyllic setting and quirky characters of the small English village of Chilton Crosse. When Holly Newbury's mother died, Holly left university to help her workaholic father raise her three younger sisters. The drudgery of dealing with her siblings' conflicting personalities and completing her studies online is pleasantly seasoned by her friendship with Fletcher, an American screenwriter temporarily in town to film an adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, and less pleasantly by her father's decision to move on from mourning and marry the Newburys' housekeeper. When Holly and her boss (and would-be boyfriend) Frank decide to hold an Emma book club at the home of Holly's misanthropic cousin, Holly realizes how much Austen's novel parallels her own dilemmas and desires surrounding Fletcher. Borum's slow-unfolding romance holds few surprises, but that's forgivable in a story as much about place as people. (BookLife)
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the story and it is so nice to read an ebook that is not riddled with grammar errors and typos!