DOUBLE REVIEW – The Homecoming and A Vintage Year by Rosie Howard #bookreview #Havenburyseries @SarahWaights @AllisonandBusby



The Homecoming and A Vintage Year written by Rosie Howard, publisher Allison and Busby, are available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback (A Vintage Year due out 20th June), audiobook and audio CD format.  I’d like to thank the publishers for a copy of both books in return for an honest review.



the homecomingThe Homecoming (Book one, Havenbury series)

Publication Date:  15 February 2018

The ebook is available to download for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

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Book Blurb

Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams. Even so, when she is called back to help at the Havenbury Arms after her godfather Patrick suffers a heart attack, she is unprepared for the tangle of emotions her return provokes.
Psychologist and ex-army officer Ben is sure he can help Maddy to resolve her fears, until he finds himself falling for her, and struggling with a recently uncovered family secret of which Maddy is blissfully unaware. Then Maddy’s mother, Helen, arrives and Patrick himself must confront a few uncomfortable truths about his history and the pub’s future.


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I was completely enthralled with The Homecoming it was a cosy romance and then some.  The author, Rosie Howard, has packed so much depth to this story and has dealt with quite a serious, harrowing event in a very sensitive manner.

The story starts with Maddy travelling back to Havenbury Magna on a mercy mission to visit a dear old friend in hospital.  However, returning to Havenbury is having quite a distressing effect on Maddy and if it wasn’t for her friend she wouldn’t put herself through so much anguish.  Three years ago something terrible happened to Maddy, something so awful it has left her with physical and emotional scars.  Just being back in the village feels like she is ripping the stars wide open again.  However, her friend’s need is greater than hers and Maddy puts her fears to one side to look after the pub, Havenbury Arms, whilst it’s current landlord is recovering in hospital.

Keeping herself busy during the day is proving quite enjoyable to Maddy and she soon finds her own rhythm but tensions are fraught with rumours of the future of the public house.

Being back in the village is not only bringing flashbacks to a trauma Maddy has tried so hard to forget but it is also unearthing secrets that hold the key to many unanswered questions.

Maddy soon develops friendships with many of the locals including Ben, a Psychologist and an ex-army officer who has had first-hand experience of PTSD.  Ben sees something in Maddy’s insecurities and anxieties and hopes to be able to offer some help.  Ben has a hidden vulnerability about himself but his developing friendship with Maddy is causing all sorts of confused emotions.

The Homecoming was a story of life catching up with you, of learning to cope with life’s hurdles, of rekindling old friends and forging new ones.  It’s a story that is told with heart and warmth but it’s also honest with the struggles that are thrown our way.

a vintage yearA Vintage Year (book two, Havenbury series)

Publication Date:  21st February 2019

The ebook is available to download for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

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Book Blurb

It started with ‘happily ever after’, yet just three years after Bella’s fairy-tale wedding to irrepressible Charlie Wellbeloved, her best friend, Maddy, is expecting a baby, while Bella’s own weight gain is purely from comfort eating. Only her little Labrador, Dolly, can boost her spirits as she gloomily surveys her failing marriage and fledgling interior design business.
Dovecot Farm is just a rainstorm away from ruin, but Charlie is hoping against hope his family vineyard will produce a vintage year, saving his business, his childhood home and – most of all – his marriage…
When handsome Rufus appears in the tight-knit Havenbury community, he quickly charms Bella and makes himself indispensable to Charlie. But is he really too good to be true…


I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading book one and book two in the Havenbury series back to back.  It has felt like a perfect Sunday evening TV drama with it’s sprawling countryside landscape and the locals pulling together in times of adversity. Havenbury sounds a wonderful community minded village set it an idyllic location on the south coast of England.

Starting book two, A Vintage Year, was like revisiting a favourite holiday location with friends that you had formed during your stay.  A Vintage Year focuses on new characters so it could easily be read as a standalone story but to fully appreciate and enjoy the series I would highly recommend reading The Homecoming first as we are just over three years on from the end of book one and characters from book one do crop up in book two.  Also, at the current crazy price of £2.88 for both ebook downloads you can look forward to two delightful stories for roughly the price of one posh coffee!

A Vintage Year is a story about a marriage that from the start was seeped in tragedy and now a few years on in the marriage life has become difficult for Bella and Charlie.  Cracks are starting to appear and secrets have been kept hidden for fear of being thought of as a failure from the other partner.  But when a new exciting proposition comes their way the future suddenly looks rosy for Bella and Charlie however, a condition is placed and a dilemma for one of them gives them the deciding key for their future.

Rosie Howard certainly knows how to draw you into a story with characters that are written with warmth but they are also real with problems that life doesn’t hold back.  A Vintage Year was charming and entertaining but then the story evolves with heartbreak when life takes a sudden turn.

I’ve fallen in love with Havenbury; with Maddy and Ben, with Bella and Charlie and many of the sub-characters in both stories.  I do hope there’s more to come from Havenbury, there’s a certain local celebrity who I think will have a great back story and I can’t wait to hear what’s to come for this character, so I’m hoping Rosie Howard will write a book about them … please 🙂

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