Friday, 24 October 2014

Beneath The Moon and Stars by Amelia Thorne

What They Say

Home, sweet home…
Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.

That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.

But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…

What I Say:
I would like to thank author Amelia Thorne for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
We meet Joy as she is just moving the quaint village of Bramble Hill, Joy has been looking for a place to call home for years having travelled all over the world and hopes she has found it in Bramble Hill, after all it was named Britain’s Friendliest Village.  Within seconds of arriving Joy makes an impression with the local men.  Finn the ex-movie star, Casey the Police Inspector and his brother Zach.
All is not what it seems in Bramble Hill and Joy is suddenly the target of their hate campaign.  Joy is like her name, Joy by nature and always tries to look on the bright side of things she is also feisty and is prepared to fight for what she believe in.  Joy try’s to win the village over, but without success and some of the things they do to her isn’t very nice.  She is attacked and has dog poo pushed through her letter box, this is only the start of what they put her through.  She does however get a great revenge on the village for everything they put her through.  
Joy’s emotions and feeling are thrown in to confusion with the brooding, but sexy as hell Finn, the Zach playboy and Casey, although it becomes obvious Joy isn’t Casey’s type they become firm friends.  How can this not be a great book with four hot men!!! Finn is broodingly hot and I couldn’t help love and feel for him.  Casey is really lovely as is Joy’s brother Alex.  Zach is underneath a nice guy apart from like most men he thinks with his libido.  
In this story I was really gripped with the drama of Joy’s life, I also laughed at some of her antics, especially the chocolate fountain scene and when Joy had ingested magic mushrooms.  Added to this, is the mystery of missing jewellery and what Joy does at night when she goes out in her truck with blacked out number plates.    
How can I sum up this wonderful debut without giving too much away?  Four hot men (I know I’ve said it again!!), a leading lady with a secret and a page turner from page one.  An excellent debut and I for one will be looking out for more books from Ameila.  I could go on and on about how much I liked this book but really think everyone should check it out for themselves.

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