Author: Gill McKnight
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
The villages of High Wallop and Lesser Wallop have graced either end of the Wallop valley since medieval times. And competition between the two has never ceased since, especially over the famous Cheese and Beer festival.
As head Judge of Show, Jane Swallow has always struggled to keep peace, friendship, and equanimity within the community she loves, but this year everything is wrong. Her father has just been released from prison and is on his way to Lesser Wallop with the rest of her traveling family and their caravans.
Her job is on the line, and her ex-girlfriend from a million years ago has just moved in next door.
Her life is going down the drain unless she can pull off some sort of miracle.
Jane and Renata meet again after many years apart. A lot has changed for the both of them but each carries pain from the past. Can they move beyond it or will they be destined to despise each other forever?
Ms McKnight does a wonderful job of describing the little English town of Wallops and it’s people. Jane and Renata are both lovable, each has a unique quality that makes them more interesting and a bit quirky. I loved how Renata was determined to leave Jane alone with her problems but could not stop herself from helping the other woman, protecting her and making her happy. She’s angry but there is a softness to her. Jane has a lot of weight on her shoulders both from the people from her past and the fear of where her life was headed. In spite of her anger to Renata, she needs her and her strength.
I liked the secondary characters as well. Some of them are a funny bunch of intrusive busy bodies. Well meaning but just as likely to spill a secret as they are to keep it to themselves. Of course this DOES happen often in quiet little villages. Jane’s family was another matter entirely. That sorry lot was more often in trouble, causing it and running from it no matter how it might affect poor Jane. Then there is Colin always doing his best to intimidate her and discredit her for his own gains in mind. They had me feeling a lot of compassion and sympathy for her.
I enjoyed this story very much and I can not wait for the next book in the series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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